Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of Bristol · School of Education

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in English Language, TESOL or Applied Linguistics. Applicants must also demonstrate six months' classroom teaching experience or other TESOL-industry relevant experience. Applicants who hold an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a non-language related subject will also be considered, but need to demonstrate a minimum of one year's full-time (or part time equivalent) classroom teaching or other TESOL-industry relevant experience. Examples of the types of roles we consider relevant are:

  • Language curriculum developer
  • Language testers
  • ELT materials designers
  • Language teaching assistants
  • Researchers in a field relevant to TESOL.

Months of entry


Course content

This flexible MSc has been developed for teachers and other TESOL professionals, such as educational administrators, inspectors, materials or curriculum developers, assessment specialists and policy makers, as well as those planning to undertake doctoral study in TESOL or applied linguistics.

The programme particularly values the professional experience that participants bring to the course. It provides a learning context in which you can reflect on your professional practice, the policies and diverse contextual factors that frame it, the theoretical frameworks that inform it, and the research that exists or could be conducted to substantiate or refute intuitive judgments.

Eligible students will also have the opportunity to gain an internationally-recognised professional certificate (Cambridge English CELTA) in addition to MSc TESOL. The Cambridge CELTA course is delivered by an external provider and attracts an additional fee. Entry criteria apply.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 117 331 4491