Taught course

Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)

University of Nottingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent). Applicants should preferably have some experience of classroom language teaching, or hold a first degree which includes language teaching methodology components, or have attended a substantial language teaching methodology course. Official written evidence of teaching experience/training should be submitted at the time of application Applicants whose first language is not Chinese should hold an HSK (hanyu shuiping kaoshi / Chinese Proficiency Test) Level 5 certificate (or approved equivalent), or have an approved first degree which includes a substantial Chinese language component (equivalent to HSK Level 5). Applicants without these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

In recent years, the field of foreign language teaching at many levels has expanded to include Mandarin Chinese.

If you are a Chinese language teacher keen to build on your existing knowledge and experience, or a teacher of another subject wishing to move into this exciting field, the MA Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) can help you specialise in a fast-growing area of language education.

The course is flexibly designed to meet your needs. Whether you would like to develop your career in Chinese teaching in the UK or overseas, we would like to help you achieve your goal.

The course aims to develop your understanding of Mandarin Chinese as a linguistic system. It will examine current issues on language teaching methodology and research, and focus on the characteristics of language learners, and how programmes can be designed and delivered in a variety of teaching contexts.

The course, building on the university's committment to internationalisation and reflecting the university's strong ties with China, draws on a wide range of intellectual sources.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Education web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559