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Q3K207 TESOL MA Postgraduate Taught  2018


Degree MA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 02/10/2018
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 2236

Course Summary


The English Language Centre's MA TESOL programme offers excellent opportunities to develop careers in English language teaching for inexperienced teachers or for those starting out in the field.

The programme is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.

Course Structure

The programme offers a core of syllabus design and assessment, with greater depth provided through further required modules focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and on classroom practice. You will then have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking three or four further optional modules covering a wide range of relevant areas. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Basic Research Methods (non-credit bearing)
  • Language for Teaching
  • Language Teaching Methods and Practice
  • Fundamentals in ELT.

Optional Modules

Previous optional modules have included:

  • World Englishes
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • ELT Materials Development and Evaluation
  • Discourse Texts and TESOL
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Second Language Acquisition: Perspectives for Teachers
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Pragmatics and the Language Classroom.

You can also choose to study an optional module offered to students across the University as one of your four optional modules.

  • Expert English
  • Foreign Language. 

MA Streams

You can choose to further focus your Masters qualification through our programme streams. To qualify, you must choose one of the below as an optional module and complete your dissertation in the same topic area.

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

ELC MA programmes are delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions and micro-teaching sessions, giving you a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. In many cases, contact hours will be a mixture of these approaches (rather than, say, a session consisting solely of a two hour lecture). The balance will depend on the particular module, with some more suited to a lecture/seminar approach, others being of a more practical nature.

The focus throughout the programmes is on independent learning and student engagement, with you being expected to participate in presentations, micro-teaching and the like. The average weekly number of contact hours over the first two terms is 12, with you filling the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments.

In addition, starting in the first term, you will attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in term 3. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor, and can expect 3 or 4 meetings during term 3 and the summer.

You will each have an academic tutor, with whom they will meet on average once a term, and all staff have office hours.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A good first degree (UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent).

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,245.00 per year
Home Student £7,245.00 per year
Island Student £7,245.00 per year
International non-EU Student £17,325.00 per year

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

English Language Centre

As the demand for communication in English grows globally, so does the demand for English language teaching professionals. Students studying on the MA TESOL or MA Applied Language Studies/Applied Linguistics for TESOL will graduate with a range of professional skills which will enable them to find employment all over the world, as teachers and administrators with language schools, colleges of further education, universities or organisations such as the British Council. For those who join the programme with teaching experience, a Masters degree is often a way of securing a more senoir position within such institutions.

Whilst studying at Durham you may develop special interests in areas such as language testing, materials development, English for Specific Purposes (Business English, Medical English, English for Law etc.) and make your own contribution to the constantly developing EFL discipline.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

The University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre provides a range of services to students and departments, its main function being to provide careers information, advice and guidance to students and graduates. The Careers Centre offers support to students who wish to research career ideas, develop skills for employment and apply for jobs and further study.

Further Study

Some students may choose to progress onto PhD study after completing their Masters programme. This allows them to continue studying within their area of academic interest and further contribute to research in this field of study. Students graduating from the MA TESOL or MA Applied Language Studies for TESOL/Applied Linguistics for TESOL with appropriate proposals can pursue doctoral study in the School of Education at Durham University.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

English Language Centre


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