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MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)

Gain a TESOL Masters from the University of Stirling, ranked 2nd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2020)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc part-time: 30 months (24 months of modules, six months dissertation)
  • Mode of study Online, Part-time, Stand-alone modules

Our online TESOL course is an advanced training and professional qualification for people who already work in any area of teaching English as a foreign or second language. You’ll leave with the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher.

Delivered completely online, but with the option of attending modules on campus, this course is ideal for those who want to study while continuing to teach. Delivered by experienced professionals who have lived and taught around the globe, the course offers an excellent balance between theory and practice using a range of cutting-edge, innovative teaching methods.

The course draws on practitioners and best practice from across the TESOL sector, focusing on the development of advanced professional capabilities and knowledge in language learning and teaching.

Pathways

You can work towards our core Masters degree, the MSc TESOL (online), or opt to specialise in one of the following pathways of study:

  • MSc TESOL (Corpus Linguistics)
  • MSc TESOL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
  • Top reasons to study with us
  • 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.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

    Applicants are expected to have at least two years full-time English language teaching experience.

    Those entering the course with a recent Cambridge or Trinity DELTA will get exemption from TESPD01 TESOL Methodology in year 1 and TESPD06 Grammar for TESOL in year 2.

  • 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 at least 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in speaking and listening
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with 176 in reading and writing and 169 in speaking and listening
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with 180 in reading and writing and 169 in speaking and listening
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 with a minimum of 60 in reading and writing and 56 in speaking and listening
    • IBT TOEFL 90 with minimum 23 in reading and writing and minimum 20 in speaking and listening

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Modules

The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    Delivery of modules is carried out online. Although not essential, should you wish to attend modules on campus, this can be arranged. Learning and professional development is facilitated by regular guided group work tasks online.

  • Assessment

    Progress is assessed by coursework assignments and, for the MSc, the dissertation.

    All students who wish to be awarded the Masters in TESOL are required to undertake a dissertation.

    • Students who take the CALL module (TESPD04) and complete the CALL Portfolio (TESP051) will graduate with the named award - MSc TESOL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
    • Students who take the Corpora module (TESPD05) and complete a corpus-based dissertation (TESP050) will graduate with the named award - MSc TESOL (Corpus Linguistics)
  • Course director
  • Key staff

    TESOL Programme Director, Anne Lawrie, explains more about the courses on offer and why Stirling is a leading institution for education in Scotland.

    Ask an expert in TESOL

    Anne Lawrie TESOL Programme Director

  • Fees and costs

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

      2020/21

    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.

    £8,500

    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.

    £8,500

    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 and funding

    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.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • 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 will leave with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the TESOL sector, enabling them to take on more responsibility in current or future roles overseas or in the UK.

As experienced teachers, the qualification provides access to a wider range of career opportunities and increases the opportunities for promotion to more senior roles.

On completion of the MSc TESOL, overseas graduates will be well prepared to sit all three modules of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations TKT.

  • Employability skills

    We’re committed to enhancing your employability. Once you register for the MSc TESOL, 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. 

The University of Stirling has provided me with a fruitful yet challenging experience
Fatma Al-Ghafri
MSc TESOL
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I undertook the MSc TESOL at Stirling because of the global reputation Stirling has.
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