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

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

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate




Online Only

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

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  • Duration:

    Part-time: Three Years

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    eLearning, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Online Only

  • Start Date:

    September, April

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

The MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics (E-Learning) will provide you with an internationally recognised master’s degree that will enable you to progress to the next level in your career in language education. While you will study the same modules as you would on the full-time campus-based version of the course, you will be able to pursue the online route as a part-time student. The online format provides you with the flexibility to blend your career and postgraduate studies in a complimentary way. While this is a rigorous course which we expect you to complete within 2-5 years, it has been designed with the part-time adult learner in mind and incorporates a paced delivery method in which you will progress through each module as a group over a 12-week period. 

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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

The course 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.

You have to complete a total of nine modules (180 credits) incorporating the dissertation which is a triple module.

The core of the 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. Students are encouraged to present their findings at UCLan postgraduate conferences, in refereed journals and at international conferences in the field such as IATEFL.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • EB4510 Language Analysis (20 credits)
  • EB4512 Methodology in TESOL (20 Credits)
  • EB4511 Second Language Acquisition (20 credits)

Year 2

Optional Modules (three subject to availability):

  • EB4713 Course and Materials Design (20 credits)
  • EB4716 Language in Interaction (20 credits)
  • EF4703 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (20 credits)
  • EB4715 Student-Initiated Module (20 credits)

Year 2 or 3

Compulsory module:


  • EB4718 Dissertation (60 Credits)

Further Information

The MA aims to equip you with an in-depth understanding of teaching methodology, lexis, grammar and phonology, and the way in which language is learned. You will also have the opportunity to study for a range of optional modules in EAP, course and materials design, and computer-assisted language learning among others. Following the e-learning path will help you to develop the analytical and reflective skills you need, while also giving you the flexibility to study where you want, when you want.

Please contact the course leader with enquiries: Dr Gordon Dobson

I thoroughly enjoyed this MA program … mainly due to its comprehensiveness. The courses offered ranged from linguistics and sociolinguistics through to the nature of second language acquisition and to research methodologies including action research all complemented with a study into course and materials design. The fact that it was offered online allowed me to apply the topics learnt as I continued teaching blending experience with study. There is no doubt that doing a master’s program entirely online demands strong self-disciplinary skills but the platform setup by UCLan along with the participatory tasks set by the courses’ discussion forum made the experience less isolating than it may have been otherwise. The online nature of the courses allows us to meet and talk with fellow teachers from all over the world which renders a rich sharing experience of the different teaching conditions and struggles each of us come across with the varying range of learners we work with. Finally, the success of the program for me was greatly due to the rich knowledge and experience of the instructors whose feedback was available to us a mouse-click away.

Richard Janosy, graduate 2016-17

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


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
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.

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Industry Links

We have built up strong links with key employers within the world of ELT over a number of years and regularly advertise jobs and job fairs. Employers also visit the campus on a regular basis.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Using a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment incorporating a range of collaborative Web 2.0 tools and a model of social learning, learners are provided with weekly activities that require self-directed study and structured team activities. Each module is based on a core textbook and you will have access to video input from your instructors and engage with reflective discussions and collaborative tasks where appropriate.

You will study the course entirely online using a virtual learning environment. Each module is structured and you will progress through the 12 weeks of input as a group. You are provided with weekly audio/video lectures, engage in structured discussion-based activities, as collaborative activities within your group as appropriate.

We use a variety of assessment procedures including essays, portfolios, presentations, practical projects, online discussions and group activities. Assessment in all cases is designed to promote deep learning and to aid your reflective, analytical and problem-solving skills.

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


We currently have graduates working in ELT positions in schools, language institutes and universities in a variety of countries, including the UK, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. A number of our graduates progress to research degrees at the PhD level.


For more information on fees, see the Tuition Fees page.