MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Our course draws on in-depth practice from across the TESOL sector so you'll graduate with the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident teacher.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

This Masters will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Our course is an advanced training and professional qualification for people who either work in, or plan to work in, any area of teaching English to speakers of other languages. It's suitable for both novice and experienced teachers. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher.

You will join a multinational network, and benefit from being taught by professionals who have experience of living and teaching all over the world. The course offers an excellent balance between theory and practice using a range of cutting-edge, innovative teaching methods. It also draws on best practice from across the TESOL sector, focusing on the development of advanced professional capabilities and knowledge in language learning and teaching.

As a TESOL student at the University of Stirling, you'll also have an opportunity to apply for a placement at one of our partner universities in  Japan, Germany, Hungary or our partner institution in France, and put your learning into practice


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

  • MSc TESOL and Applied Linguistics
  • MSc TESOL and Methodology
  • MSc in TESOL and Sociolinguistics

Top reasons to study with us

Work placements

English language work placements provide an opportunity to put into practice the teaching skills and theories you have learned as part of your programme of study.

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 overview

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.

What our students said

Yang Liu
Yang Liu
The best part of my course is the micro-teaching module. It offers students the opportunity to practice teaching in a simulated class, which is a good way to build confidence and overcome your nerves.
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Yang (Charles) Wang
Yang (Charles) Wang
MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
I graduated in 2015 and currently work in Higher English Education Publishing Division, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. I’m the Deputy Director of the College English Publishing Department. All I learned in Stirling is relevant to my current job which is about designing English textbook for Chinese university students.
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Peerapat Singlong
Peerapat Singlong
MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Studying at Stirling has helped me build my self-confidence and prepared me to be competitive in the jobs market. If I had to sum up my time studying at Stirling in three words then they’d have to be: welcoming, friendly, nature.
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