Languages and TESOL

Globalisation, ease of travel and advances in technology are bringing the world closer to everyone. Studying Languages opens up a world of opportunity to you. Languages at Stirling include French and Spanish. Studying Languages is not just about learning how to speak, read and write the language but also immersing yourself in the culture by studying topics such as film, history, politics, art and music. At Stirling our degree in Spanish is joint with Latin American Studies. You’ll also get the chance to spend an extended period studying abroad.

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Our Masters courses at Stirling provide an advanced training and professional qualification, not only for people presently engaged in teaching English as a foreign or second language, but also for people who are new to TESOL and may be looking for a career change or professional development. We have on campus and online courses available. Hear from Anne Lawrie, TESOL Programme Director, giving more information about studying TESOL at Stirling.

Languages and TESOL courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

Undergraduate courses
CourseStart date
BA (Hons) English StudiesJanuary 2023, September 2023, January 2024
BA (Hons) FrenchJanuary 2023, September 2023, January 2024
BA (Hons) International Management Studies with European Languages and SocietySeptember 2023
BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American StudiesSeptember 2023, January 2024
Modern Languages
Postgraduate courses
CourseStart date
MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)September 2022, September 2023
MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)September 2022, September 2023
PhD TESOL ResearchSeptember 2022, September 2023


We offer a variety of scholarship and funding options to help you finance your studies at the University of Stirling.

Undergraduate scholarships

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Postgraduate scholarships

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infographic: 2nd in Scotland

2nd in Scotland

and 3rd in the UK for Iberian Languages

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

infographic: 2nd in Scotland

2nd in Scotland

and Top 10 in the UK for French

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

Graduate careers in Languages and TESOL

Language skills can be used in almost any career, so for graduates the world is at your feet. Employers highly value an ability in languages. Recent language graduates at Stirling have gone on to a wide variety of careers that span publishing, journalism, television, advertising, translation, interpreting, commerce, civil service, law and teaching.

Our students in TESOL leave with up-to-date and cutting edge knowledge, skills and the confidence to start teaching as soon as they graduate. Graduates have taken up roles in teaching in nursery, primary and senior high schools, and lecturing in colleges and universities both home and overseas. Others have moved into teacher training and examining, or translating and interpreting. Some graduates have found positions with the British Council or private language schools.

On completion of the MSc TESOL, overseas graduates are well prepared to sit all three modules of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations TKT which are sought after qualifications.

Partnerships and industry

We're members of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).


Stirling University Hispanic Society – a student society where you can share your passion for and practice the Spanish language. They also run cultural nights.

Languages and TESOL research

Literature and languages research at Stirling opens up many new possibilities for students and researchers in numerous related areas, including Religion and Translation. 100% of our research environment in English Language and Literature is classed as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).

TESOL is part of our Education research group.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Study for a PhD in French and you’ll benefit from our international partnerships and broad and deep specialisms in Francophone Studies, especially Africa and Canada/Quebec, as well as metropolitan France. In Spanish postgraduate research you’ll benefit from our international partnerships and broad expertise in film and visual cultures, literary writing and theory, postcolonial studies and more. See all our PhD and MPhil opportunities in:

The Centre for Interpreting, Translation and Intercultural Studies at Stirling

An interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research centre. It aims to build a strong network of translation and interpreting studies specialists in the UK and worldwide.

Corpus Linguistics in Scotland (CLiS)

A voluntary network by and for those who are engaged in corpus research and/or are planning to conduct corpus studies.