Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) In-Service MA

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
£12,000
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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 language research and teaching. 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.

The foundation of your career

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. We are keen to stay in touch with graduates, who are ambassadors for our programme throughout the world, and to hear about your professional trajectories and how your degree and training prepared you for career opportunities post-degree.

Employability

Graduates of the MA TESOL In-Service programme work in a broad range of areas. Some are employed as teachers of English (or other languages) working in early years and adult education, or with specific populations (e.g., higher education, business professionals, newcomers). Others work as managers or directors of study in the private sector or state schools. Graduates of the programme can also be found working as curriculum or materials developers, language assessment professionals, education journalists, editors, publishers, NGO and development officers, education consultants, teacher trainers, or policy advisers. Some choose to pursue doctoral studies or embark on research careers.

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 tasks. Assessment is by coursework and presentation. Various coursework types are used.

Students spend about 20% of their time in lectures, seminars, or one-to-one supervisions. The remainder is dedicated to preparing for lectures and seminars, and pursuing students' own interests via independent study.

Modules

Full-time

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), one compulsory research dissertation (60 credits), and three optional modules (90 credits).

Autumn term

  • Core Module (Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching)
  • Optional module 1
  • Dissertation module

Spring term

  • Dissertation module/supervision
  • Optional module 2
  • Optional module 3

Summer term

Dissertation supervision

Part-time

Autumn term year 1

  • Core Module

Spring term year 1

  • Optional module 1

Summer term year 1

  • Optional module 2

Autumn term year 2

  • Optional module 3
  • Dissertation module

Spring term year 2

  • Dissertation module/supervision

Summer term year 2

  • Dissertation supervision
Flexible

You will have up to 5 years to complete your Master’s programme. The first module you take on this programme should be your core module Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching (CCME0048). You will then need to enrol on 3 optional modules before taking your dissertation in the final year of your studies.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) In-Service.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000 £12,000

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme.

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised that we will prioritise applications that provide all the required documentation at the point of application.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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 any language teaching experience, please consider applying to our MA TESOL Pre-service programme. If you have some language teaching experience, but not the full requirement for In-Service, please consider applying to our MA Applied Linguistics programme.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021