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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Tesol (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)

Course type


Course Summary

The MA TESOL is designed to help you develop professionally as an English language teacher in the global ELT context. It is suitable for whichever stage of career you find yourself. A flexible structure means that you can choose to follow your interests, whether they be digital resources, becoming a teacher trainer, or the development of materials and resources.

Different pathways within TESOL will provide development opportunities for you whether you are an experienced language teacher or at the beginning your career – helping enhance your employability.

On the course you will apply theory to practice through the experience of teaching, observation and reflection. All learning is supported by digital resources and a superb online library provision, as well as systematic support for academic writing and study skills. Our course tutors are extremely experienced in English language teaching, teacher education and the use of digital media for language teaching.

You will have the option to add on a teaching assessment module to gain an initial TEFL qualification (TEFL-I) or a Diploma-level qualification (TEFL-Q), depending on the amount of teaching experience you have.

You may be coming to the MA after completing our Diploma in TESOL. Graduates from this course (or any equivalent) will be offered credit to set against study for the MA TESOL, saving you time and money.

Course structure

The course provides a supportive, stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Delivered flexibly – the full-time course structure is taken over one year but you can also follow the course part-time up to six years. Studying part-time means that you can take the optional modules in any order, however, you will always undertake Research Methods and Dissertation last.

There are two pathways offered – pathway one is for those with no or little experience in teaching and pathway two is for those who have at least two years of experience. Each of the pathways offered has two core modules and the choice of three optional modules. Whichever pathway you take, you will always undertake Research Methods and the Dissertation.


Graduating with a TESOL MA from the University of Brighton will open up opportunities across the world in the field of English language teaching. Equipped with relevant research skills and advanced knowledge about secondary language learning, you will have all of the relevant training you need to begin your career.

Our graduates have gone on to successful positions not only in second language teaching in schools and universities but also in educational management, educational marketing, teacher training, materials development and publishing, as well as further academic study.

Different course options

Full time | Falmer Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module is designed for aspiring English language teachers interested in deepening their understanding of the development of ELT practices and of the cultures of teaching associated with it in multiple contexts. There are opportunities to reflect on personal learning histories and to engage with issues relevant to working in international ELT contexts, such as prevailing methods, global materials, variables associated with teaching contexts, and cultures and identities. Assessment is through a portfolio containing reflection on learning, and a presentation on a materials project which is based on teaching and learning within a specific cultural context. This is a pathway one module.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The MA is open to both English language teachers who have teaching experience and to those who have little or no teaching experience. Depending on the amount of experience you have, you will follow one of two pathways through the MA, each of which is designed to cater to the needs and interests of either experienced or inexperienced teachers. Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2:1 level or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject area, for example English language, literature, education, foreign languages and media. Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in relevant areas or some professional experience in fields such as teaching, teacher education, interpreting, journalism, cultural, social and educational policy, publishing and materials writing. These applicants may be required to provide written evidence (for example, an assignment from a training course or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing. Credit towards the MA (up to 60 credits) can be given to applicants who have completed our own Diploma in TESOL (level 7), or who have completed an equivalent Diploma in TESOL (such as the DELTA or Trinity Diploma in TESOL).

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more

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