Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
The MSc in Education Studies and TESOL combines a broad exploration of educational issues, practical experience of observing local schools, and training in TESOL theory, practice and research. On the TESOL side, the degree will provide you with a solid grounding in the principles of language learning and teaching and an understanding of research methods in TESOL, as well as giving you the opportunity to pursue an interest in teaching young learners, computer-assisted and online language learning, or English grammar and discourse analysis. In education studies, you will join a programme of visits to local schools and learn about the wider pastoral role of being an educator in a professional context. You will engage in discussions around the issues of difference and diversity and consider critically some of the wider theoretical and policy-based contexts for professional practice. You will also explore different approaches to educational research and their underlying assumptions.
This degree is particularly appropriate for teachers (with at least one year’s experience) who want to study for a post-graduate degree with a strong education element as well as a focus on TESOL. You may be attracted by a broader qualification than the MSc TESOL, or you may want to extend your teaching experience with knowledge about TESOL. You may be planning to teach in a local school or in an international school, and you may teach other subjects as well as English. The degree will also be relevant to you if you wish to go on to study for a PhD or to work in teacher education or school management.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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Normally, 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.
You will also need to demonstrate familiarity with the school context from a professional point of view, either through having a year’s teaching experience or having taken a teaching degree in your home country.
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 year one of this Masters degree.
If English is not your first language, you should usually have one of the following minimum qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English language requirements
If you don’t meet the official entry required score, you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register, you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your course of study.
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all postgraduate taught courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.
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|The Nature of Educational Enquiry (EDRP001)||Core module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)|
Drawing upon specific research projects and debates, this module will introduce you to the differing ways of conceptualising the purposes of education, and the theories informing knowledge claims in research. It will enable you to engage with the different traditions of ideas informing research into education, and their strengths and weaknesses. The module therefore involves a critical examination of different approaches to and traditions in educational research and their underlying assumptions.
|Principles of Language Learning and Teaching (TESP001)||Core module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)|
This module will introduce you to key principles in language learning and teaching, and the research that informs them. It will enable you to approach TESOL research and teaching methodology from an informed and critical point of view.
|TESOL Methodology (TESP002)||Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)|
This module is designed to give you practical solutions to the teaching of language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and systems (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation), and to understand some of the current issues and debates in these areas.
|Teaching English to Young Learners (TESP003)||Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)|
This module is designed to give you an understanding of English language teaching theory, practice and materials in relation to young learners.
|Grammar for TESOL (TESP004)||Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)|
This module provides an introduction to the grammar of spoken and written English for English language teaching. We will explore areas of difficulty for learners from different language backgrounds, and discuss principles of sequencing and clarifying grammar. As well as this pedagogical focus, the module will also demonstrate principles and practices of descriptive and corpus-based language analysis which are central to a wide range of research into the use of language and discourse.
|Introduction to CALL (TESP005)||Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)|
The aim of this module is to provide participants with an understanding of the potential and limitations of information and communications technologies in language teaching and learning and to enable participants to identify, select and critically evaluate online resources to enhance their teaching of English.
|Difference and Diversity (EDUPE6)||Core module (40 credits at SCQF level 11)|
In this module you will work together with students who are in their final year of training to be teachers in Scotland. The module aims to help you to understand the wider pastoral role of being an educator in a professional context. You will learn about issues of difference, diversity and inclusion, and discuss how relevant principles can be applied in practice. The module will include a programme of school visits.
|Research Methods in TESOL (TESP007)||Core module (10 credits at SCQF level 11)|
This module will familiarise you with research methods that you will be able to use in your dissertation.
|Discourse Analysis (TESP010)||Optional module (10 credits at SCQF level 11)|
This module introduces different approaches and techniques for analysing and exploring written and spoken texts.
|Designing and Implementing On-line Language Learning (TESP011)||Optional module (10 credits at SCQF level 11)|
This module addresses the use of virtual learning environments, multimedia and web technologies in collaborative language learning.
The taught modules delivered on a face-to-face and blended basis. The delivery types (e.g. lectures, workshops and student presentations) are carefully selected to suit the module content and your needs.
Summative assessment for the taught modules will vary depending on their respective learning outcomes (e.g. presentation, annotated bibliography, essay, research proposal). For each 20-credit module, you will be asked to produce a piece of work which is equivalent to a 3,000-word essay.
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Face-to-face and blended classes as well as self-study
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
TESP002 or TESP003 or
TESP004 or TESP005
|Spring||TESP007||EDUUPE6||TESP010 or TESP011|
|Autumn||TESP002 or TESP003 or TESP004 or TESP005|
|Spring||TESP007||TESP010 or TESP011|
|Summer - Autumn||TESP50|
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
In The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF), Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish University, with 100% of research impact activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Currently, Education Studies ranks as:
Displaying our commitment to achieve a high level of; Satisfaction with Course, Satisfaction with teaching, Satisfaction with Assessment Feedback, Student/ Staff Ratio, Value Added, Career after 6 months, and research in Education. In the most recent study by QS, staff from the University of Stirling received 5 out of 5-star rating for teaching.
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As one of our TESOL students, you will be able to avail of fantastic opportunities to gain valuable work experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages in 33 European countries through the Erasmus+ traineeships, or through our partnership with the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil. These traineeship/placement opportunities also provide you with a chance to network with colleagues in other institutions and/or to collect data for your study.
Please check the overseas placements page for additional information.
The University of Stirling is committed to enhancing your employability. Once you register for the MSc Education Studies and TESOL, you will have access to the first-class range of services offered by the Career Development Centre, which you can avail of even after your graduation. Within TESOL, we additionally 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 programme is taught by experienced researchers who have extensive connections in the field of TESOL, including publishers and governmental organizations such as the British Council. You will 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.