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 Humanities, Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate





Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

The MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics will enable you to link theory to practice. You will further develop your knowledge about teaching English to non-native speakers of the language from your current foundation. This postgraduate degree course will equip you with a thorough grounding in teaching methodology, the way in which language is learned and understanding of how the English language works as well as extending your knowledge in specific areas through the optional modules.  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. 

Find out more about our online events Find out more about our online events

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) is usually required. Applicants should be able to demonstrate appropriate teaching experience in language education (typically at least 1-2 years), preferably in teaching English as a second language,  and/or a recognised pre-service certificate (e.g. Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert. TESOL or equivalent). International students are required to prove an English level of 6.5 on IELTS (or equivalent), including a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-scores.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1 – compulsory modules:

Language Analysis
Methodology for TESOL
Second Language Acquisition
Research Methods

Semester 2: -  3 optional modules from:

  • Computer assisted language learning
  • Corpus Informed Language Teaching
  • Course and materials design
  • Language in Interaction
  • Testing and assessment
  • Teaching language through literature
  • World Englishes

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

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.

Classes of approximately eight hours per week run in Semesters One and Two. Semester Three has no scheduled classes; students work on their dissertation with the support of their supervisor.

"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 12,000 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.


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.

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.

Course Leader: Tania Horak

Tutors of core modules:

Tutors of optional modules:

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,125 per 20 credits (DL) (All Domiciles)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

View further information

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

At UCLan we can offer you the opportunity to work in relatively small groups so you can really get to know each other and your tutors and they equally can get to know you and help you reach your full potential. Student groups comprise both British and International students which allows you to gain further knowledge and experience from your peers.

A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process. All classes involve interactive teaching and workshops with no traditional lectures. You 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.

All 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.

Students are expected to attend the regular research seminars held in the school, the experience of which will feed into their Research Methods module, which prepares them for writing the dissertation in semester 3. 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.