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University of Brighton · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Degree and experience
The MA is open to both English language teachers who have teaching experience and to those who have little or no teaching experience. Depending on the amount of experience you have, you will follow one of two pathways through the MA, each of which is designed to cater to the needs and interests of either experienced or inexperienced teachers.

Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2:1 level or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject area, for example English language, literature, education, foreign languages and media.

Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in relevant areas or some professional experience in fields such as teaching, teacher education, interpreting, journalism, cultural, social and educational policy, publishing and materials writing. These applicants may be required to provide written evidence (for example, an assignment from a training course or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing.

Credit towards the MA (up to 60 credits) can be given to applicants who have completed our own Diploma in TESOL (level 7), or who have completed an equivalent Diploma in TESOL (such as the DELTA or Trinity Diploma in TESOL).

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

This MA is designed to help you develop professionally as an English language teacher in a global context.

The two pathways mean you can develop your skills whether you are an experienced language teacher or at the beginning your career. A flexible module structure allows you to follow your interests, whether that's digital resources, becoming a teacher trainer, or the development of materials.

You will apply theory to practice through teaching, observation and reflection. All learning is supported by digital resources and a superb online library provision, as well as support for academic writing and study skills. Our tutors are experienced in English language teaching, teacher education and the use of digital media for language teaching.

You will have the option to add a teaching assessment module to gain an initial TEFL qualification (TEFL-I) or a diploma-level qualification (TEFL-Q), depending on the amount of teaching experience you have.

You may be coming to the MA after completing our Diploma in TESOL. Graduates from this course (or any equivalent) will be offered credit to set against study for the MA TESOL, saving you time and money.

Academic support

We give extra support to TESOL students whose first language is not English, providing a variety of pre-sessional language programmes for students who want to improve their language skills before starting their degree. We also organise a regular writing group for our international students, led by an experienced English for Academic Study tutor. Watch our video to find out more about how the writing group could benefit you.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course enquiries
01273 644644