The UCL TESOL MA programme comprises two routes: in-service and pre-service. The TESOL MA (in-service) aims to enhance the career prospects of a second or foreign language teacher and contribute to professional development. Students will explore the latest developments in the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, working with leading experts in the field and other MA students from around the world.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme.
Applicants should have a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. English, languages, education, linguistics). Applicants normally need at least two years' full-time language teaching experience or part-time equivalent post first degree. Applicants normally also have a teaching qualification although this is not an entry requirement. Please note that having sufficient language teaching experience after having completed your undergraduate degree is an essential entry requirement. If you do not have the required teaching experience, you might be interested in applying for either the Applied Linguistics MA or the Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages (Pre-Service) MA, which do not have previous teaching experience as an entry requirement.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
This programme will give you the opportunity to discuss and debate issues related to teaching second and foreign languages. You will also develop your knowledge of how theory can inform practice in second and foreign language education. You will deepen your understanding of key concepts and ideas, and develop your ability to select, design and evaluate language teaching materials.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
The core module for the MA TESOL is Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching (30 credits).
Optional modules (indicative list):
- Bilingualism and Multilingualism
- Discourse, Society and Culture
- English in Diverse World Contexts
- Language at Work: Communication in Professional, Institutional and Cultural Contexts
- Language and Identity
- Language Testing and Assessment
- Materials Development for Language Teaching
- Multimodal Communication
- Second Language Acquisition
- Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory
- Teaching and Researching Speaking and Listening
All students submit a 2,500-word research proposal and a 15,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and learning
Teaching combines various forms, such as lectures, workshops, projects, student presentations, and student-led discussions. Within sessions, students often engage in individual, pair and group task which are then fed back to the leanly. Assessment is by coursework and presentation. Various coursework types are used as appropriate to the module.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 5 April 2019
- Accommodation plus tuition fees (1 year)
- Now closed for 2019/20
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as English language teachers from early years to higher education, while others have jobs as senior managers and directors of study in the private sector and in state schools. Graduates can also be found working as textbook writers, editors, publishers, education journalists, NGO and development officers, education consultants, policy advisers, researchers and PhD students.
The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, research-based education based on the latest developments in the area of TESOL. This will give them a natural advantage when applying for teaching or other TESOL-related posts. We also help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, through departmental talks and other networking opportunities within the department and the wider UCL community.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This TESOL degree combines research-informed learning with the opportunity to reflect on and enhance your own professional practice. You will receive strong support throughout from our team of tutors all of whom have international experience in EFL and ESL.
You will also become part of one of the oldest and most well-known centres for English language teacher development, and will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers from the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics as well as MA students from all around the world.
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Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL, EFL, ESOL) throughout the world. We accept teachers of other languages on the understanding that most of the examples used during the programme will be drawn from English language teaching.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at graduate level
- why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
* Note that if you do not have the required language teaching experience, consider applying to the MA TESOL (pre-service route).
- Graduate Programme Administrator