Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Education and Society

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent. You should also have excellent English language skills. Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in any element. If you hold any of the following ELT qualifications, please ensure you include a copy of your certificate with your application: CELTA', Trinity CertTESOL, DELTA, Trinity DipTESOL. The University of Sunderland runs English for Academic Purposes University Preparation (EAP UP) Courses, which are tailored to students who don’t speak English as their first language and need to reach an IELTS 6.5. as part of the entry requirements. Please click on the web link below for more details. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/international/englishlanguagerequirementsandcourses/englishforacademicpurposescourses/

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters course will open up new opportunities for you around the world. English is the world’s third most widely spoken language, after Mandarin and Spanish, and a professional English teaching qualification is a passport to work in almost every country in the world.

A Masters qualification in TESOL will boost your employability and open up new opportunities for jobs and promotion around the world. Our graduate Ian Soames says "The MA TESOL certainly helped open the door to more senior positions".

Unlike some other Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, this course at the University of Sunderland not only covers theoretical aspects but also includes a practical teaching module. As part of this, you will learn how to prepare lesson plans and to teach your peers in Sunderland.

Our TESOL MA will give you in-depth understanding of how English is taught to speakers of other languages internationally. The course includes core modules in ‘Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching’ and ‘Linguistics for TESOL’. There are also optional modules with a strong practical element such as ‘Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching’.

For your Masters dissertation, you will negotiate a proposal for a research project with our supportive tutors. This ensures that the topic is relevant to your professional development and career aspirations.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in any element. If you require accommodation please go to the following web page. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/pg/postgraduateaccommodation/

Fees and funding

For information on fees and funding please click here

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
distance learning
18 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)191 515 3845