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

Our online TESOL course is ideal for those who want to study while continuing to teach.

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

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, June 2022, September 2022
  • 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.


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

Work placements

You have the opportunity to apply for placement opportunities with our partner institutions in  Japan, France, Germany and Hungary, which normally run from September to November.

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

Fatma Al-Ghafri
The University of Stirling has provided me with a fruitful yet challenging experience.
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Ashley Ji Ye
I undertook the MSc TESOL at Stirling because of the global reputation Stirling has.
Read Ashley's story

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