Research course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language

University of York · Department of Educational Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree or a master's degree (MA, MSc or MEd) in a relevant discipline although candidates with other evidence of ability to succeed at PhD level will also be considered. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) emphasises state-of-the-art second and foreign language research, and is designed to enhance specialised knowledge through academic study and research.

Research in the department is organised into four main areas:

  • Education and Social Justice;
  • Language Learning;
  • Science Education;
  • and Psychology in Education.

We particularly welcome research proposals in these areas.

The degrees of MPhil and PhD provide an opportunity to conduct a substantial in-depth study of a topic of interest to the applicant. PhD students are offered a variety of research training opportunities, in order to equip them with both research skills and transferable skills.

These skills are increasingly important, both in academia and for employability, such as Research Methods training; Educational Research Group; Advanced Research Methods Skills (ARMS); Research Troubleshooting Workshop; Researcher development training programme.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322524