The TESOL MA programme has two routes: in-service and pre-service. The TESOL (Pre-Service) aims to enhance the employment prospects of graduates who hope to become English Language Teaching practitioners but who have no professional experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students will explore the latest developments in the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, working with leading experts in the field and a large cohort of MA students.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a related area in the field of English or linguistics.
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.
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 students both a theoretical and a practical introduction to the language and discourse systems required for teaching English to speakers of other languages as well as current theories of second language acquisition. Students will also explore the methods and approaches currently used in English language teaching, the place of English and English language teaching in the wider world, as well as the concept of multilingualism and its place in education. There will also be an opportunity to carry out a small piece of guided TESOL research for the MA Report.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Teaching English: Theories and Approaches
- The English Language Learner
- Researching Second Language Learning
- Bilingualism and Multilingualism
- English in Diverse World Contexts
- English Language Teaching Classroom Practice
- Language and Identity
- Language at Work: Communication in Professional, Institutional and Cultural Contexts
- Language Testing and Assessment
- Materials Development for Language Teaching
- Multimodal Communication
- Second Language Acquisition
- Teaching and Researching Speaking and Listening
- Working with Bilingual/Multilingual Learners in International School Settings
Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.
All students submit a 10,000-word written report which is undertaken in Term 3.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered as a campus-based programme. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words per module and a report of 10,000 words.
Each module typically has 30 hours of contact time, made up of 10 x 3-hour sessions. On average it is expected that you spend approximately 300 hours studying for each 30 credits (including contact time, private study during the term and working on coursework assignments). It is therefore essential that you plan your time as M-level study requires a high degree of self-direction.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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?
The Department of Culture, Communication and Media is committed to excellence in teaching, research and consultancy across a range of areas including Applied Linguistics and TESOL.
You will 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 a large cohort of MA students.
Department: Culture, Communication & Media
What our students and staff say
"The programme helps us learn a solid foundation of theories in the field of second language learning and teaching. Teachers are very supportive and always answer our needs with patience, plus they often invite world famous professors and researchers to share some latest academic research, which definitely kindles a spark of ideas inside of us. Q&A with Qingqing Liu"
Qingqing LiuTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service MA
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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is for graduates who wish to work in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESOL) and who have no professional experience of English language teaching. Although this degree is not a teaching qualification, it may be used in conjunction with a qualification appropriate to the country in which our alumni wish to teach.
- All applicants
- 12 March 2020
This programme is now full for 2020 entry and we are not accepting any more applications.
Due to the popularity of this programme, the application period will close when the programme is full.
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) Pre-Service at graduate level
- why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service 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.
Students in this programme should be independent, critical thinkers, able to work within a large cohort of MA students who may have similar backgrounds.
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