Management and English Language Teaching

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate

New for 2017-18

Our students will have opportunities to shadow and observe teachers in 'live' classes.


The MSc in Management and English Language Teaching (MELT) is one of only a few such degrees in the UK and is distinguished by the fact that Management skills are taught in the Stirling Management. The course is designed around a recognition that well-trained, professional teachers can progress into management positions within a few years of graduation, but they often lack management training. Management of ELT involves multicultural workforces where success depends more on management skill and cultural sensitivity than on teaching ability.

At Stirling, 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 on the MELT programme will get a thorough grounding in the theory and research underlying English language teaching and also in teaching methodology, while experienced teachers will benefit from a range of module choices. This 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, so whatever your starting point, you are challenged to acquire knowledge and skills that you can apply in teaching and managing in 21st century ELT.

Who is this course for?

This degree is particularly appropriate for novice teachers (less than two years’ experience) who want a balance of training in English language teaching and management skills. It is also ideal for experienced teachers who plan to move into a management position.  You may have a medium to long term plan to run a commercial language school or a language teaching department in a school, college or university. The degree will also be relevant to you if you intend to go on to study for a PhD.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: 1 year Full Time 2 years Part Time
  • Start date:


  • Course Director: Dr Edward Moran
  • Location: Stirling Campus
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    1. You will gain a Masters level qualification from an Education centre for excellence that is ranked 5th. in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.”
    2. You will be taught Management skills by specialists in a highly ranked Management School. 
    3. We specialise in training both novice and experienced teachers.
    4. The course offers an excellent combination of English Language Teaching and Management skills.
    5. You will experience university life in the historic city of Stirling and one of the most beautiful campuses in Europe.

    Course objectives

    The programme aims to provide students with a strong foundation in TESOL and a focus on management issues within the discipline.

    What makes us different?

    World-class library and teaching facilities

    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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    Entry requirements

    Academic requirements

    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.

    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.

    English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you should usually have one of the following minimum qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 in speaking and listening; 6.5 in reading and writing)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 (56 in speaking and listening; 60 in reading and writing)
    • IBT TOEFL: 90 (20 in each of the four 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.

    Flexible Learning

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

    Fees and costs


    2018/19 Overseas £15,250
    2018/19 Home/EU £6,300

    Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

    Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

    Cost of Living

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

    Payment options

    Find information on paying fees by instalments

    Scholarships & funding

    SAAS Postgraduate Loans

    The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) is now offering a generous loan scheme to assist eligible Scottish and EU-domiciled students pursuing a Masters at the University of Stirling during 2018/19. Find out more about SAAS Postgraduate Loans

    Funded opportunities at Stirling can be found on our Scholarships Finder and there are a variety of other sources of funding available to home/EU and overseas students. 

    Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

    This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS.

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    Structure and teaching

    Structure and content

    Semester 1
    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.

    Managing Across Cultures (IBUP002) Core module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)

    This module is designed for students who are thinking of a career in the international arena. It will be of use to anyone interested in working in multinationals or those interested in understanding how business is conducted across different cultures.

    TESOL Methodology (TESP002) Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)

    This presents an overview of current theory and practice in the teaching of the skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and of the elements: grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

    Teaching English to Young Learners (TESP003) Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Focuses on teaching English to primary and secondary aged pupils.

    Grammar for TESOL (TESP004)  Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Explores English grammar and use with reference to the needs of learners and teachers.

    Introduction to CALL (TESP005)  Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Comprises a rationale for using CALL; background theory and research on how computers process text, images and sound; consideration of how to choose and exploit general purpose software for EFL purposes.

    Semester 2
    Applied Research Methods in ELT (TESP014)  Core module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Combines a thorough introduction to ELT research methods with an exploration of different aspects of written and spoken discourse analysis.

    Leadership and Decision-Making (HRMP006) Optional module (10 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Explores the meaning, significance and social relevance of leadership as concept and practice while offering an overview of the factors shaping decision-making individually, in group contexts, and at an institutional level. 

    Managing change and People (HRMP009) Optional module (10 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Introduces students to the scope and process of managing organisational change, and to the implications of organisational change management for HRM in particular.

    Developing an International Workforce (HRMP010) Optional module (10 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Provides students with the conceptual and practical tools to understand their role and work within business organisations that operate with international staff and/or internationally. It builds on current trends in the internationalisation of work, occupations and activities in order to deliver HR services successfully. The programme develops knowledge and understanding of the nature and characteristics of the HR profession, strategy and management praxis in an international context.

    Microteaching (TESP006)

    Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)

    Develops critical awareness and theoretical understanding of current classroom practice through planning, teaching and reflection on lessons taught to peers.

    Syllabus Design and Language Testing (TESP008) Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
    The first part of this module provides an overview of the principles and practice of designing a curriculum and tasks for English Language teaching and learning; the second part focuses on testing and curriculum evaluation.
    Corpora in English Language Research and Teaching (TESP009) Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
    Explores the ways in which computerised collections of spoken and written texts can be analysed and used in language teaching and research.
    Technologies in the 21st Century Classroom (TESP012) Optional module (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
    Provides an opportunity for students to create multimedia materials using authoring programs for language teaching and learning.
    Dissertation (TESP50) Optional module (60 credits at SCQF level 11)

    A project carried out over approximately 3 months supervised by one of our teaching staff, the dissertation is approximately 15,000 words 

    Delivery and assessment

    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). For each 20-credit module, you will be asked to produce a piece of work which is equivalent to a 3,000-word essay.  For each 10 credit module, you will be asked to produce a piece of work which is equivalent to a 1,500-word essay.

    Modes of study

    Full Time: 1 year

    Part Time: 2 years

    Study method

    Face-to-face and blended classes as well as self-study

    Example timetable

    The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

    Programme of study - full time
    Autumn TESP001

    TESP002 or TESP003 or

    TESP004 or TESP005


    Spring TESP014

    TESP006 or TESP008 or

    TESP009 or TESP012

    2 x 10 credits from a choice of:

    HRMP006 or

    HRMP009 or


    Summer TESP50
    Programme of study - part time
    Autumn TESP001




    1 or 2 x 10 credits from a choice of:

    HRMP006 or

    HRMP009 or



    TESP002 or TESP003 or

    TESP004 or TESP005


    TESP006 or TESP008 or

    TESP009 or TESP012

    1 or 2 x 10 credits from a choice of:

    HRMP006 or

    HRMP009 or


    Summer - Autumn TESP50

    Why Stirling?


    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 (REF) 2014, our Educational research had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.


    Currently, Education Studies ranks as:

    • 5th in the UK, The Times Good University Guide, 2017
    • 1st in Scotland and 9th in the UK, The Guardian University Guide, 2017
    • 12th in the UK, The Independent Complete University Guide, 2017

    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.

    International Students

    The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .

    Study abroad opportunities

    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.

    Our staff

    Fiona Copland cropThe 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.


    Eddy Moran, Course Director 

    The MSc MELT provides an exciting opportunity for students to combine teaching with management skills. It’s a great foundation for long term professional development.


    Careers and employability


    98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study withing six months of graduating - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16

    The University of Stirling is committed to enhancing your employability.  Once you register for the MSc in Management and English Language Teaching, 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. 

    Industry connections

    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.

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