Taught course

English Language Teaching

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

Entry requirements

A good first degree first degree 2.1 (upper second class honours) or equivalent and a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English. Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS overall score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Course information

The MLitt in English Language Teaching is designed to be useful to experienced English language teachers as well as those considering English language teaching in the future. The foundations of applied linguistics in the first semester are developed and applied to classroom observations and practice during the second semester.

Graduates from the programme will have gained an in-depth understanding of the theory of second language acquisition and current thinking on teaching second language teaching methodology, and will have had an opportunity to observe a variety of language classes and reflect on their own teaching and learning contexts.

Course highlights

  • Experience small group teaching in a supportive environment.
  • Explore current teaching technologies and the use of electronic resources.
  • Consider the variety and complexity of English language teaching contexts, globally.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the course consists of four compulsory modules and a range of optional modules held over two semesters. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures and seminars.

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English should have an IELTS overall score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the speaking and writing sections, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Lesley Thirkell
+44 (0)1334 462255