Taught course

TESOL and Applied Linguistics

University of Salford · School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good, relevant honours degree such as education, languages, or linguistics. In some cases a diploma is acceptable. OR a good honours degree in any academic subject together with a Grade C or above in an accredited TEFL-initiating qualification (Trinity Certificate TESOL/ Cambridge ESOL CELTA only). Two references are required with applications. Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)- We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

Months of entry


Course content

3 good reasons to study TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Salford:

  • Take advantage of excellent graduate employment opportunities
  • Combine theoretical insights into language teaching and learning with practical applications
  • Enjoy opportunities to observe language classes and gain informal teaching experience.

    Course Summary

    This course will give you an excellent grounding in the central areas of linguistics and includes a foundation in applied language study. You will also focus on the practical and theoretical aspects of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

    While you are with us, you’ll follow a study programme designed for professional development, including seminars, site visits and opportunities for informal teaching practice.

    Suitable For

    Graduates who would like to learn more about the English language, how to teach it and how it is learnt.

    The course is particularly suitable if you want to become a teacher of English as a second language or to work in a related field. It is also a good starting point if you are looking to go on to doctoral research.

    Applicant profile

    Applicants are likely to have an undergraduate background in linguistics, languages or education and a strong interest in the what, why and how of teaching and learning English as an international language. Some teaching experience is an advantage, but this is not a requirement. A teaching credential such as a certificate and/or a diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is also an advantage, as is previous TESOL study at undergraduate level. A willingness to engage with the extensive literature and to write coursework essays of anything up to up to 4,000 words per module is essential – this involves a good understanding of the writing process at postgraduate level. Suitability for the course is determined by a fully completed application form and supporting documentation including a personal statement and references. At least one reference should be from a relevant undergraduate module tutor or course leader.

Information for international students

Native speakers of a language other than English must provide evidence of proficiency in English: IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band).

Fees and funding

Fees 2014-15

Full-time £5,610

Part-time £2,550 for Year 1

Full-time International £11,090

Fees 2015-16


Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 295 4545
+44 (0) 161 295 4646