Taught course

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Education)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

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Entry requirements

An early application is advised as places are allocated on a first come first served basis. All applications plus supplementary material (letters of recommendations/references, official transcripts etc) must be submitted no later than 4 weeks prior to the start date of your chosen programme in order for your application to be considered for the academic year. If your supplementary material is received after the deadline, your application may be considered for the following academic year. Upon receipt of your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit the University. Overseas applicants applying for full time study are advised to make an early application in order to ensure necessary arrangements can be made should your application be successful.

Months of entry


Course content

This Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) programme based in the School of Education, offers a unique opportunity to study for a qualification which links teaching English to wider issues of school-based education. It is aimed at individuals with knowledge and understanding of current debates relevant to the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language. The aim is to support you in becoming a reflective TEFL practitioner, a competent educational researcher and an active member of the international academic and professional TEFL community.

The programme is designed both to be practical and to provide an introduction to key research tools. There are three core modules for the Teaching English as a Foreign Language programme:

  • Communicative Language Teaching, Syllabus Design and Assessment
  • Language, Discourse and Society
  • Second Language Learning

These modules give you a strong grounding in appropriate classroom methodology, and course design with the opportunity to create your own teaching and learning materials. Other modules provide opportunities to visit British primary, secondary and language schools, and prepare you for your dissertation. We also offer a wide range of options to choose from, including Curriculum Design in Global Contexts, Leadership for School Improvement, Personal and Professional Skills for Education Management, Online Learning, ICT in Education, Education as an International Issue, and Special Educational Needs of Children with Autism.

You will have the chance to participate in events organised by our research centre MOSAIC, such as conferences and popular seminar series with renowned international TEFL researchers.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days.

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year.

Information for international students

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

International students can find details of scholarships here.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005