Taught course

English Language Teaching (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in English Language Teaching is designed to be useful to both experienced English language teachers as well as those considering a career in English language teaching.


  • Experience small group teaching in a supportive yet challenging environment.
  • Observe a variety of language classes and reflect on your own teaching and learning contexts.
  • Explore the use of current teaching technologies and electronic resources.
  • Consider the variety and complexity of English language teaching contexts globally.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the theory of second language acquisition and be familiar with current thinking on second language teaching methodologies.

Teaching format

In the first semester, the foundations of applied linguistics, language acquisition theory and English language teaching in current global contexts are studied and then developed through teaching-specific modules and applied to classroom observations and practice during the second semester.

You will take seven taught modules over the first two semesters of the programme. 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.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £8,500 Overseas: £17,600

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Successful completion of the two semesters leads to the qualification of PG Diploma in ELT (120 credits). Students who have achieved the required grade average can proceed to the dissertation stage.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2255