Taught course

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) with Corpus Linguistics (Distance)

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a language/linguistics-related subject or one with a number of language/linguistics-related subjects. No teaching experience is required.

We also welcome applicants from other subject backgrounds with linguistic knowledge commensurate with an undergraduate degree

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

We accredit the Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA) qualification or equivalent (e.g. Level 7 Diploma in TESOL) as prior learning. It counts 20 credits and exempts students from LING531, Trends and Issues in Language Teaching Methodology. Applicants whose prior learning is accredited receive a 10% reduction in fees. Students need to request accreditation at the point of application to the programme. Credit will be awarded for learning that has taken place within the last five years immediately prior to the start of the course. Credit may also be awarded in cases where a TESOL qualification has been awarded more than five years ago but where the applicant can provide evidence that their learning has continued in a professional or similar context since then.

Months of entry


Course content

Take your Master's in TESOL in one of the best Linguistics Departments in the world. We are placed 3rd in the QS World Rankings 2024.

This innovative course is designed for prospective and experienced language teachers and language professionals who, in addition to broadening their knowledge-base on second language learning and teaching, want to gain expertise in corpus linguistics and in analysing language data.

In the course, you will learn about applications of corpora for a variety of areas of language teaching such as English for Specific Purposes and teaching materials development. The course is entirely web based and allows you to focus your coursework and dissertation on issues and problems pertinent to your own professional context.

The course starts with an online orientation session at the beginning of the academic year. During the course, you will work together with fellow students from different parts of the world in a supportive online learning environment. Throughout all of the modules and the dissertation component you will have access to our team of teaching staff for individual academic supervision, guidance and feedback.


This course will be useful both for those already working in the field of language education and research, and those who wish to move into this field.

It will prepare you for careers that include:

  • Language teacher / educator
  • Developer of language teaching / corpus-based materials
  • Language data analyst

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Linguistics and English Language