TESOL, MA Postgraduate prospectus

  • Analyse different frameworks and research that relate to language learning, language teaching and language testing.
  • Explore the interface between research in language learning and the practical learning environment.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge of research methods in language learning to enable you to conduct your own research project.

UCAS points



1 years full time

2 years part time



The MA TESOL has been designed for practising language teachers who wish to further develop their existing career, or for those who wish to build a new career in teaching English as a foreign or second language. As well as contributing to professional development, it can enhance career prospects and pathways in public and private education, both in the UK and overseas. This programme provides opportunities for students to gain an in-depth understanding and application of current theories, research and practice in language learning and teaching. Students also pursue their own interests and/or professional needs in the preparation of their dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

The Programme provides opportunities for students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Advanced knowledge of differing theoretical approaches to contemporary theories of second language acquisition
  • Key methodologies and techniques in language teaching and learning
  • An understanding of contemporary issues in TESOL
  • Advanced understanding of the design of language tests and test evaluation
  • The construction of effective language teaching materials
  • Advanced knowledge of pedagogical English grammar
  • Advanced knowledge of English phonetics and phonology
  • An understanding of cross-linguistic variation and its relevance to language teaching
  • A theoretical perspective on the use of ICT in language learning and teaching
  • The ability to carry out a sustained piece of independent research on a relevant topic.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should typically have:

An undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant humanities or social sciences subject (or non-UK equivalent). Other areas may also be considered as suitable.

Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Some experience of language teaching would be beneficial, but it is not a requirement for entry onto the programme.

Please note that the MA TESOL is an academic programme of study and not a teacher training course. Therefore, it does not offer teaching practice as a part of this programme.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test. For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

Applicants whose IELTS scores fall below the required levels may be eligible for a conditional offer dependent on successfully completing a Pre-sessional English course (also available at the University of Greenwich).

Extra information


Students are assessed through a range of assessment methods depending on the course. These may include essays, oral presentations, poster presentations, problem sets, portfolio tasks, research plans, and a final dissertation. Please see the individual course pages above for further information.

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