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MSc Management and English Language Teaching

Redefine your future by gaining the knowledge and skills needed to be a teacher of English as a foreign language while developing your ability to manage in a multicultural working environment.

Management and English Language Teaching

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Our postgraduate degree in Management and English Language Teaching is for current and prospective English language teachers who see themselves as potential managers of language teaching departments or schools. This Masters course is one of only a few such degrees in the UK.

During this Masters course, you’ll learn the key knowledge and skills needed to be a professional teacher of English as a foreign language. In addition, you’ll develop the competencies to manage a multicultural working environment, through modules taught by the internationally renowned University of Stirling Management School.

We’re here for novice and experienced teachers

We focus on training both novice and experienced teachers, balancing theory and practice, and taking an innovative approach to teaching which includes special support for non-native speakers of English.

Novice teachers (those with less than two years’ experience) get a thorough grounding in the theory and research underlying English language teaching and also in teaching methodology. Experienced teachers who plan to move into a management position will benefit from a range of module choices. Teaching is combined with input on management skills relevant to the multicultural working environments that are commonly experienced in language teaching today. The content of your course will vary to suit your experience, whatever your starting point.

The degree will also be relevant to you if you intend to go on to study for a PhD.

Learn from the experts

You’ll be taught by experienced researchers who have extensive connections in the field of TESOL, including publishers and governmental organisations such as the British Council. You’ll have a chance to network with a range of other key players in the field who are invited to deliver workshops and seminars in our English Language Teaching and Research event series.

You’ll be taught management skills by specialists in our highly ranked Management School.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    The course aims to give you a strong foundation in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a focus on management issues within the subject.

    Postgraduate education at the University goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

    The University of Stirling Management School’s unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Educational research at the University of Stirling had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Our expert teaching team are on hand to introduce you to cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research in a multi-disciplinary and professional environment.

    • Top 10 in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2019)
    • 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2019)
    • 3rd in Scotland and top 5 in the UK for Education (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.

    64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

    INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in speaking and listening and minimum 6.5 in reading and writing
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with a minimum 60 in reading and writing and minimum 56 in speaking and listening
    • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no sub-test lower than 20

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The full-time MSc Management and English Language Teaching consists of two 15-week semesters of taught modules and a three-month dissertation period.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Teaching

    Teaching is carried out through lectures, workshops and student presentations as well as self-study. The delivery method is carefully selected to suit the module content and your needs.

    You’ll be taught by experienced researchers who have extensive connections in the field of TESOL, including publishers and governmental organisations such as the British Council. You’ll have a chance to network with a range of other key players in the field who are invited to deliver workshops and seminars in our ELTR (English Language Teaching and Research) event series.

    There’s opportunities to shadow and observe teachers in 'live' classes.

  • Assessment

    You’ll be assessed by combination of coursework, including written assignments and presentations.

  • Study abroad

    As a student on our MSc Management and English Language Teaching course you have the fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience teaching English to non-English speakers in 33 European countries through Erasmus+ traineeships.

    The University of Stirling has also developed close working partnerships with universities around the world to make finding a placement as seamless as possible and give you tailored teaching and learning opportunities. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for a placement with:

    Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

    Undertake class observation, small group work supervision and teaching assistance in a local high school. During the school holiday, you will have a chance to work with materials development or with writing support at the university.

    Széchenyi István University, Hungary

    Get involved in class observation and teaching at the university or the university’s practice school.

    More information on applying for these opportunities will be provided to students undertaking our MSc Management and English Language Teaching.

  • Course director
  • Key staff

    The leader of the TESOL unit within the Faculty of Social Sciences is Professor Fiona Copland. Professor Copland combines very broad teaching and teacher training expertise. She has many years of TESOL teaching experience in Nigeria, Hong Kong and Japan working for the British Council. At university level in the UK, she has extensive experience of leading CELTA, DELTA and Masters courses. Her research interests are language teaching pedagogy and the feedback given to trainee teachers.

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £6,300 TBC

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £15,250 £15,950

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships

    This course is currently approved for Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan funding from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Graduates with this unique combination of practical language teaching and professional management skills are highly sought after. You’ll graduate with the proven skills and training you need to successfully manage people and run a commercial language school or language teaching department in this flourishing international sector. You could also go on to study for a PhD.

  • 98% of our postgraduate leavers go on to work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2015/16)
HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world.  It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

  • Employability skills

    We’re committed to enhancing your employability. Once you register for the MSc in Management and English Language Teaching, you’ll have access to the first-class range of services offered by our Career Development Centre. We also provide you with a tailored workshop series entitled “My career in TESOL” aimed at developing your awareness of continuous professional development, your knowledge of job market requirements and your confidence in applying for jobs. Stirling Management School also has a dedicated Employability Manager, and from the very beginning of the course your future career is our primary focus.

Nguyen Duong Anh Minh
Getting a Masters degree means I can apply to teaching in universities in Vietnam, and of course it means I have more career opportunities in general.
Nguyen Duong Anh Minh
Vietnam MSc Management and English Language Teaching
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