Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of Birmingham · Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is intended for those interested in a career in English language teaching and for teachers of English who wish to upgrade their professional standing. On the programme, we explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice.

You will study four core modules:

  • Introduction to Language
  • Syllabus and Materials Design
  • Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

You will also choose three optional modules from a wide range (see module information below) and complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will do a total of six assessed pieces of coursework over the year. For assessment purposes, one of the modules you take during the spring term will be ‘linked’ with the Research Methods module – that is, you will produce a piece of work in the field covered by that module, but with a particular focus on research methods.

This programme can be studied full-time over one year, or part-time over 15 months. The full-time mode requires attendance at classes during the autumn and spring semesters, with six months to complete your dissertation. The part-time mode also requires full-time attendance at classes during the autumn and spring semesters (amounting to approximately 14 hours a week) and you will then have nine months to complete your dissertation on a flexible part-time basis.

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
15 months
distance learning
30 months


distance learning
18 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005