Taught course


The University of Manchester · School of Education

Entry requirements

Bachelor level degree and a teaching qualification plus 3 years relevant teaching experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is designed for experienced teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (and this includes teachers of EFL, ESL, EAL, ESP, and so on) in whatever geographical context or type of institution they are working. Applications from both native- and non-native-English-speaking teachers are welcome.

The MA TESOL course aims to enable experienced TESOL practitioners to: further their careers with regard to obtaining positions of seniority, undertaking new areas of professional activity, embed practice within a research dimension, contribute to the professional development of other teachers, and act in advisory capacities to teaching and associated agencies. It also aims to help participants to develop advanced knowledge and deeper understanding of TESOL-related research, theory, and areas of debate; understand more deeply their roles as TESOL practitioners given the international currency of English and the developments in the educational environment afforded by technology access and global networking; develop their advanced professional skills such as conducting needs analyses and evaluating, adapting and designing teaching and learning resources; develop their academic literacy so that can complete their MA course and thereafter undertake further academic studies; and develop their research competence so that they can complete their MA dissertation and thereafter undertake further research in both academic and professional settings.

Information for international students

Non-native English-speaking teachers should also show evidence of language proficiency (e.g. IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component, or TOEFL 100 internet based test).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
27 months
distance learning
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 0969
+44 (0)161 275 3528