Taught course

Applied Linguistics for TESOL

Durham University · Language Centre

Entry requirements

A good first degree (normally a UK 2.1 or equivalent) plus at least two years English language teaching experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The English Language Centre's MA in Applied Linguistics for TESOL programme offers excellent opportunities for experienced language teachers to develop careers in English language teaching.

The programme is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.

Course Structure

The programme offers a core of syllabus design and assessment, with greater depth provided through further required modules focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and on classroom practice. You will then have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking three or four further optional modules covering a wide range of relevant areas. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Second Language Development: Perspectives for Teaching
  • Basic Research Methods (non-credit bearing)
  • Language for Teaching
  • Advanced Teaching Practice: The Reflective Practitioner.

Optional Modules

Previous optional modules have included:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Teaching English for Academic Purposes
  • Teacher Training, Development and Education
  • World Englishes
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • ELT Materials Development and Evaluation
  • Discourse, Texts and TESOL
  • English Language Teaching Management
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Pragmatics and the Language Classroom.

You can also choose to study an optional module offered to students across the University as one of your four options:

  • Expert English
  • Foreign Language.

MA Streams

You can choose to further focus your Masters qualification through our programme streams. To qualify, you must choose the optional module and complete your dissertation in the same topic area.

Information for international students

English Language requirements for non-native speakers of English include an IELTS 7.0 with no compenent under 7.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

English Language Centre
+44 (0)191 334 2236