Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Applied Linguistics MA

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Applied Linguistics MA

School of Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year. Part-time: Two to three years (but the distance/ on-line version is the advised route for part-time students).

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Why study this programme?

TESOL with Applied Linguistics will enable you to develop the solid foundation of knowledge and the practical skills you need to teach English to non-native speakers of the language.

This postgraduate degree course will equip you with a thorough grounding in teaching methodology, classroom management, an in-depth knowledge of lexis, grammar and phonology, and the way in which language is learned. It will also help you to develop the analytical and reflective skills you need to continue to develop as a professional.

English is the world’s foremost language, and literally millions are learning it. Teaching English is a truly rewarding and fulfilling career, and one which will enable you to travel widely and come into contact with other cultures. There is an increasing demand for well-qualified TESOL professionals around the world.

Entry Requirements

Good undergraduate degree (2.2 minimum) or equivalent.

Typically at least 1-2 years of language teaching experience, preferably teaching English as a foreign language.

Preferably also a recognised pre-service certificate in Teaching English as Foreign Language (e.g. CELTA from Cambridge, Cert. TESOL from Trinity)

English language requirement for international students: 6.5 on IELTS (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6 on all sub-scores.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1 – compulsory modules:

Language Analysis
Methodology for TESOL
Second Language Acquisition
Dissertation (Research Methods)

Semester 2: -  3 optional modules from:

  • Computer assisted language learning
  • Course and materials design
  • Language in Interaction
  • Testing and assessment
  • Teaching language through literature
  • World Englishes
  • or Student Initiated Module 

Please note - module options and availability may change year to year due to staff availability and minimum student numbers.

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 23 June 2019

Further Information

TESOL with Applied Linguistics combines a focus on principles and theories with a concern to help you develop practical skills, and is taught by people who are both academic researchers, practitioners and teacher-trainers in their own right. It covers methodology, second language learning and acquisition, and language analysis.

Face to face classes of approximately eight hours run Monday to Wednesday during the daytime (9am - 5pm) in Semesters One and Two.  Thursday and Friday are self-study days. Semester Three has no scheduled classes; students work on their dissertation.


Doing the MA has made me realise how much I enjoy teaching EFL and I believe having it will open doors for me to travel and work in different countries and perhaps one day be a teacher trainer myself

Caroline Harris


You have to complete a total of nine modules (180 credits) of which the dissertation makes up a triple module. The core of this postgraduate course covers three key areas: language teaching methodology, how second languages are learned or acquired, and the study of language itself. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic which you have a desire to investigate. You will have structured input on research methods and be allocated a supervisor to support your research.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: £6,700 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,180 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Industry Links

We have great links with employers within the world of ELT and regularly advertise jobs and job fairs. Employers also visit the campus on a regular basis.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process. All classes involve interactive teaching and workshops with no traditional lectures. Students will be expected to prepare thoroughly for all classes and review them afterwards, as well as undertaking extensive follow-up reading.  Students are also expected to take advantage of the university’s facilities in their self-study time around classes and on the two days on which no face to face classes take place.

Students can benefit from the language learning resources of the Worldwise Centre to learn a new language or find out about other countries as well as using the study space.

They also benefit from a well-resourced library with a reputation for great digital resources.

The course aims to highlight the main principles and theories underpinning TESOL practice which students can link to their previous teaching experience. It is taught by people who are academic researchers, practitioners and teacher-trainers in their own right. We have a range of experience in a variety of teaching contexts around the world.

Course Leader: Tania Horak

Tutors of core modules:

  • Tania Horak
  • Gordon Dobson
  • Josie Leonard

Tutors of optional modules:

  • Nicola Halenko
  • Chris McGuirk
  • Neil Walker
  • Dan Waller

Students are expected to attend the regular research seminars held in the school, the experience of which will feed into their Dissertation module. Other opportunities to engage with TESOL conference activities are available (e.g. NATESOL events and IATEFL on-line).

We regularly also host internationally-renowned guest speakers for talks and conferences on campus. See the video of Professor Rod Ellis below for an example. 


We currently have graduates working in ELT positions in a variety of countries, including the UK, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. We have a well-established network of alumni and are able to put students in contact with graduates around the world. Regular work opportunities arise within UCLan’s Language Academy or at partner institutions.

There are also opportunities, dependent upon you holding suitable qualifications and experience, to work on the marking or moderation of exam papers for the international English examinations that we produce and quality assure for other organisations. 

Graduates from this MA have gone on to a wide range of posts around the world. They typically move into training, managerial and leadership roles in TEFL.

Strong students also have the option to continue onto a PhD or into research posts, here or at other universities.