University of Surrey

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Studying for your Masters in TESOL is the key to unlocking international career opportunities in a sector that is enjoying impressive sustained growth. We will help you to master the main theories and principles of language learning and teaching so that you can apply them with confidence and imagination in your own teaching practice. A range of optional modules will allow you to specialise, while the dissertation will enable you to undertake in-depth research into a topic of particular interest to you. This course is a great complement to a teaching qualification, opening up opportunities to become an active member of the international academic and professional English Language Teaching community.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a UK 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in English Language, Modern Foreign Languages, Linguistics or another relevant subject. Non-native speakers of English will also have to meet the English language requirements specified for this programme. No previous teaching experience is required. Candidates may be invited for interview, either in person or by Skype.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

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Course modules

Example module listing: second language acquisition and learning; English grammar for teachers; phonetics and phonology for teachers; language teaching methodology; curriculum design; research methodologies; testing and assessment in ELT; text and discourse analysis; teaching intercultural communication; computer assisted language learning; teaching English for specific purposes; ELT materials: design and evaluation; teaching young learners; management in ELT; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.


Please note these fees are for the academic year only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 15,900 (Year 1) International 12 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 7,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 8,000 (Year 1) International 24 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 3,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 24 24 Months

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