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    Application Deadline
  • 30 months
The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (online) course at University of Stirling is an advanced training and professional qualification for people who already work in any area of teaching English as a foreign or second language. You’ll leave with the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher.


Delivered completely online, but with the option of attending modules on campus, this course is ideal for those who want to study while continuing to teach. Delivered by experienced professionals who have lived and taught around the globe, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (online) course at University of Stirling offers an excellent balance between theory and practice using a range of cutting-edge, innovative teaching methods.

The course draws on practitioners and best practice from across the TESOL sector, focusing on the development of advanced professional capabilities and knowledge in language learning and teaching.

Career opportunities

Graduates will leave with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the TESOL sector, enabling them to take on more responsibility in current or future roles overseas or in the UK.

For more experienced teachers, the qualification has provided access to positions with the British Council or in the tertiary sector.

On completion of the MSc TESOL, overseas graduates will be well prepared to sit all three modules of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations TKT.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • TESOL Methodology
  • Principles of Language Learning and Teaching
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Grammar for TESOL
  • Technologies in the 21st Century Classroom
  • Corpora in English Language Research and Teaching

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details:
      • We accept applications throughout the year. 
      • If you’re an international student we recommend you apply at least eight weeks before the start date of your course.
    • Programme intensity Part-time
      • Average part-time duration 30 months
      • Intensity Flexible
      • Duration description
        24 months of modules, 6 months dissertation
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
    • More information Go to the programme website

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: Upper Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    • A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
    • Applicants are expected to have at least two years full-time English language teaching experience.
    • Those entering the course with a recent Cambridge or Trinity DELTA will get exemption from TESPD01 TESOL Methodology in year 1 and TESPD06 Grammar for TESOL in year 2.

    Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      8000 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8000 GBP per year and a duration of 30 months.
    • EU/EEA

      8000 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8000 GBP per year and a duration of 30 months.
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    Joining us from England? You may be eligible to fund your studies at the University of Stirling through the UK Government’s new postgraduate loan scheme. You can borrow up to £10,906 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, which applies to most UK postgraduate courses.

    If you’re an international student you may be entitled to the University of Stirling International Postgraduate Taught International Excellence Scholarship – giving a £5,000 reduction in the cost of your annual tuition fees.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

    The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

    Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


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