Taught course


University of Roehampton · Department of Media, Culture and Language

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Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners; contact details can be found on the individual programme page. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to help you develop the skills and experience you need for a successful career in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

There is a demand throughout the world for graduates with qualifications and expertise in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Our MA in TESOL is designed for students who are intending to have a career in English teaching. It will also be of interest to those who are already teachers of English and would like to increase their professional expertise by advancing their analytical knowledge of English and up-to-date teaching methods.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure of language at different levels of analysis and the relationship between language and use. You will develop a critical understanding how English is learnt, taught and tested so that you can make informed decisions with regard to policy and practice in your TESOL career.

We offer pathways for students with various levels of experience and qualification:

If you are quite new to TESOL, you will take Practice in TESOL, which focuses on key-teaching skills and carefully guided peer-teaching practice.

If you have CELTA or equivalent and a relevant teaching position or voluntary placement, you can take the Portfolio in TESOL module, which supports the development of teaching practice in your professional context.

If you have DELTA or equivalent, you will be exempted from 60 credits, allowing you to strengthen your knowledge of learning, teaching and testing while completing the MA in one year of part-time study.

You will also be trained in a wide range of research methods and undertake a dissertation in an area that is of particular interest to you and helps you to further your career goals. This element of the course also provides you with a strong foundation for further doctoral level study. You will become a member of Centre for Research in English Language and Linguistics (CRELL), a thriving forum for researchers with a wide range of interests in linguistics, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 8392 3232