Taught course

TESOL with a Specialism in Assessment and Evaluation - Distance Learning (MSc)

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline or significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning such as professional qualifications or certifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a Specialism in Assessment and Evaluation Distance Learning is designed to be useful to both experienced English language teachers as well as those considering a career in English language teaching. It is aimed at teachers with a particular interest in assessment and evaluation.


  • The programme, with two start dates (January and September), allows for flexible part-time study while working, but also provides plenty of opportunities for you to interact with both on campus and other distance learning students. You may choose to study for a PG Cert (60 credits), a PG Dip (120 credits) or the full MSc degree.
  • Take a specific Assessment and Evaluation module, conduct research in this area as part of an Action Research module, and choose a dissertation topic to research further into the field of assessment and evaluation so as to focus your studies in your particular area of interest, and gain a better theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to assessment and evaluation.
  • You will have the option of completing a two-week residential course in St Andrews to give you the opportunity to be part of the St Andrews community and work on a one-to-one basis with our staff.
  • Join experienced practitioners and scholars in the English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference.
  • You will integrate theory and practice: discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks via online forums and webinars, and apply these through practical assessments and group work.

Teaching format

You will take a variety of taught modules over the length of the programme, which are delivered in a variety of ways such as recorded lectures, recorded mini-lectures, online chatrooms, podcasts, guided writing, a number of webinars, and intensive feedback sessions on your work delivered by a variety of means.

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 include written assignments, presentations, the development of teaching plans, and group work with students residing in other parts of the world.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.


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 our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2019-2020 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Students on Distance Learning Master's can complete their studies in a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. If you choose not to complete the dissertation required for the award of an MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.

Course contact details

International Education Institute
+44 (0)1334 46 2255