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Applied Linguistics for TESOL, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Applied Linguistics for TESOL course at Kingston University is aimed specifically at postgraduate students with or without language teaching experience who intend to develop their careers in language teaching of not only English but other languages. It is suitable for both native speakers and non-native speakers of English. Students may be eligible for a bursary.


Key features

  • You'll observe language teachers on our in-sessional courses as part of your postgraduate degree course.
  • You will have the opportunity to observe teachers in practice to gain a deeper understanding of classroom management and language teaching pedagogy, as well as the chance to design and use teaching materials.
  • During the Applied Linguistics for TESOL course at Kingston University, you'll be taught by academic staff who are all actively engaged in teaching language or applied linguistics and have a range of research interests, including second language vocabulary, linguistic anthropology, academic literacies, pre-sessional benchmarking and in the use of technology for language learning and teaching
  • In addition to gaining research skills from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, you will also gain employability skills, such as criticality and advanced oral and written communication, which are relevant not only to language teaching, but also to teaching-related professions.

Where this course will take you

Students graduating from the Applied Linguistics for TESOL will have the qualifications, skills and knowledge to enable them to apply for positions as language teachers, language consultants, both in the UK and in their home countries. The masters is however not a teaching qualification for entry into the UK state school education system.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Language Description, Materials and Methods
  • Principles of Language Learning for Language Teaching
  • Teaching Language for Specific Purposes
  • Dissertation Pathway plus Research Skills
  • Dissertation Pathway: CELTA plus Critical Reflection Skills
  • Optional modules
  • Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching
  • Educational Technologies for English Language Teaching and Learning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      2 years including professional placement

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 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 second-class degree or above, or equivalent relevant experience.
  • We usually interview both home and overseas students by telephone or by email. All students will need to demonstrate that they meet the specific entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7125 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Home and European Union:
  • MA part time: £3,918
Overseas (not EU):
  • MA part time: £7,975

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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