Taught course


University of Brighton · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Degree and experience

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


Course content

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

The course enables you to return to the fundamentals of the teaching English as a second, other or foreign language through an in-depth examination of the English language, an exploration of English teaching, and an investigation of how second languages are learned. You’ll explore materials use, evaluation, adaptation, supplementation, and materials design and creation, and also address key developments in contemporary approaches to English language teaching.

You'll apply theory to practice by reflecting on your own experience as a language learner and teacher, alongside engaging with relevant theories, lectures, seminars, reading and discussions with your peers on the course.

Our tutors are experienced in English language teaching, teacher education, materials development, postcolonial theory and the use of educational technologies.

If you have already completed a relevant qualification you may be able to use those credits against study for the TESOL MA, saving you time and money. It is also possible to study for a postgraduate diploma by taking the six taught modules.

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