This course is taught entirely online and is part-time only. The taught element takes two years, there is then an eight-month dissertation period. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.
The MA programme is structured so that you complete:
- two 30-credit core modules in your first year of study (a total of 60 credits)
- two 30-credit elective modules in your second year of study (a total of 60 credits)
- a 60-credit dissertation in your final year
You can view an example timetable for but please note this is subject to change.
The MA programme is made up of four 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation. Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 6,000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is a 15,000-word piece of independent research on an approved topic. To complete the programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each piece of assessed work.
Online course materials and support
The course is designed with people working around the world in mind. Each 30-credit module takes 19 weeks to complete and there is a gap between the taught modules.
Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience. They allow you to make decisions about which aspects of a module to work on when, and at what pace. We also know that you'll stay motivated because you'll be part of an online community contributing to weekly discussion activities.
For each module, you will have an academic tutor from the MA TESOL team who will be active online. They contribute to discussions as well as supporting you through the assessment process. All assessed work is submitted online. There is an online M-level toolkit to support all aspects of academic study, a dissertation preparation module available to you from the beginning of the course, and one-to-one dissertation support from your supervisor, usually via Skype.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes.
Please note: If you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.
If you have a first degree that does NOT include a focus on language teaching theory and methodology, you must have a minimum of nine months' full-time classroom English language teaching experience (650 hours of part-time experience).
Please note that teaching experience calculation should NOT include any teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Consideration will also be given to applicants if you can demonstrate that your first degree included English language teaching methodology components, or that you have attended a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course and have a minimum of two months' full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience).
Written evidence of experience from employers should be submitted at the time of application. If you have part-time English teaching experience, you should show how your teaching hours have been calculated. If you have online teaching experience, you will also need to show how your hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadlines apply:
|Start date||Application deadline|
|4 September 2017
||7 August 2017
|12 February 2018
||22 January 2018
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption for credit requirements for the course.
- If you hold the Cambridge ESOL DELTA, you are eligible to apply for 30 credits to be set against one 30-credit core module (Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum [web-based])
- If you hold the Trinity DipTESOL, you are eligible to apply for 30 credits to be set against one 30-credit core module (Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum [web-based])
Applications for consideration for remission under this scheme should be made at the time of application for admission and at least four weeks before the start of the course. All ROL applications for this programme are processed free of charge. Please visit our ROL pages for further information.