An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a linguistics, English language or a modern languages degree involving a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, a first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in any subject plus substantial work experience (two years full time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (eg language teacher, language support assistant, translator).
Months of entry
This course focuses on the theoretical and practical issues that impact on the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English as a Second Language (TESL/TESOL). The MA is designed to develop knowledge and critical understanding of current theories and research in language acquisition, and relate these to the practice of English language pedagogy.
The course is aimed both at experienced language-teaching professionals and those with language- and linguistics-based degrees but little or no teaching experience. Options, seminar groups and teaching practice are organised to reflect your previous experience and interests.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.
Autumn term: Language Analysis • Second-Language Acquisition and Research • a short foreign-language module.
Spring term: Principles and Practice in ELT. You also choose from a number of career-focused options (subject to student demand), which may include Advanced Practical Teaching*
• Discourse and Communication Analysis • ELT Management • Practical Teaching Techniques and Observation • Teaching English for Academic Purposes • Teaching Young Learners • World Englishes.
*Students with appropriate previous teaching qualifications who successfully complete this module will be deemed TEFL-qualified at UK Diploma level, as defined by the British Council Accreditation Scheme.
Summer term: you take Research Methods in ELT and, following this, you undertake a research-oriented project, to be written up as a dissertation.
Some modules are taught with students from the MA in Applied Linguistics.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/sussex-centre-for-language-studies/english-language-teaching-pgdip
The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Services
- +44 (0)1273 678176