Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSc)

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Months of entry


Course content

This course was previously titled 'English Language Teaching MLitt'.

The MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to be useful to both experienced English language teachers as well as those considering a career in English language teaching.


  • Join experienced practitioners and scholars in our English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference.
  • Integrate theory and practice – discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks in small groups and apply these through practical assessments and peer teaching sessions.
  • Observe and reflect on a range of language teaching sessions, both within and outside of ELT.
  • Explore the use of technology in language teaching and assessment.
  • Engage in and reflect on a new language learning experience as part of the programme to gain a 360 degree perspective on language teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You will take a variety of taught modules over the first two semesters of the programme, which are delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and out-of-class activities.

In these modules, you will integrate theory and practice by discussing and critiquing theoretical concepts and frameworks, and then applying them through a range of practical assessments. Assessments will include written assignments, presentations, the development of teaching plans, and observed teaching sessions.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,000 Overseas: £18,480

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