About the course

Are you interested in a career in English Language Teaching? Studying an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Hertfordshire will give you an in-depth knowledge of this global language and the skills to teach it, opening up opportunities for you to become part of the growing international academic and professional English Language Teaching community.

Our MA TESOL is a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time, course for graduates in English or related subjects such as Education or Languages, with little or no teaching experience, who want a practical preparation in English Language Teaching at postgraduate level.

A key feature of this MA TESOL is its practical teaching element. Supported throughout by our experienced staff, you will first observe and then participate in practice teaching sessions right from the start of the two taught semesters, teaching international students who are studying at the University of Hertfordshire.

Teaching these volunteer students in small groups, you will build your skills in lesson planning, preparing case studies and delivering and receiving detailed peer and teacher feedback.

Alongside your guided classroom teaching you will follow a comprehensive range of modules that link language teaching theory and practice, enabling you to develop academic research skills while gaining a strong foundation in English Language Teaching.

Our small group teaching ensures you’re fully supported by your tutors, with opportunities to reflect on your teaching practice from theoretical and research-based perspectives, appropriate for Masters-level study.

The module Linguistic Analysis for Language Teaching will provide an in-depth analysis of the phonology, grammar and pragmatics of spoken and written English to enhance your knowledge of the language. Teaching English as an International Language will enable you to explore how English has been used around the world, how it continues to develop to meet localised needs, and the implications of this for English Language Teaching.

Course & Syllabus Design in English Language Teaching will equip students interested in setting up language schools or tutoring businesses with key skills, while Blended Learning in English Language Teaching explores new developments in the use of technology in the classroom.

Research Methods and Dissertation Skills will help prepare you for your dissertation in the final semester.  The dissertation will allow you to explore your choice of subject – located within the field of TESOL – in depth, bringing theory and practice together.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Why choose this course?

Top reasons to study MA TESOL at the University of Hertfordshire

You will be:

  • Teaching overseas students right from the start of the course
  • Gaining both teaching skills and in-depth subject knowledge
  • Learning about research-informed practice and developing your own research skills
  • Equipped to choose from many career options including teaching English in different countries; teaching English for Academic or Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP) at university level; progress to a more senior teaching position such as Director of Studies or teacher trainer; set up an online tutoring business; marketing; publishing, materials design; examining; PhD study

What our
students say

The lecturers are outstanding, with a vast professional background in EFL teaching as well as academic research. Their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm brought a thought-provoking, motivating and inspiring atmosphere to the course. The invaluable mixture of practical and academic input sessions was conducted in an interesting, engaging and highly interactive way, where all students were pushed and challenged to express and share their own opinions and insights.

Course details


As a graduate of this MA TESOL you will be qualified for jobs teaching English at a range of levels in most countries of the world. You will be able to take on positions of responsibility at course design and course management levels.

This MA opens doors to senior level posts in language schools, including Director of Studies positions, as well as university teaching (i.e. EAP/ESP) for UK-based students. The wide range of careers available also include materials writing, TESOL examining or teaching English to refugees (ESOL).

Recent Herts MA TESOL graduates have set up online tutoring businesses, while other graduates are working for the Refugee Council in Hertfordshire and in local Further Education colleges. 

Teaching methods

One day a week is spent on teaching practice, including supervised lesson preparation, and discussing and receiving extensive feedback. Lectures are supplemented with workshops, seminar discussions and out of class reading. Free English Language support is offered through English for Academic Purposes courses run through the University library.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Linguistic Analysis for Language Teaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning Languages 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods and Materials in English Language Teaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    Teaching English as an International Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    Course & Syllabus Design in English Language Teaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    Blended Learning in English Language Teaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Practice of English Language Teaching 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Practice of English Language Teaching 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methodology and Dissertation Skills 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation 45 Credits Compulsory
    Academic & Study Skills Support 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    • The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a field related to Language, English or Education.
      • Applicants with degrees in other subjects may be considered, but candidates may be required to complete selection activities which may include:
        • Submission of a short written discussion of a topic related to English Language.
        • Participation in an interview (via Skype)
    • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0) or equivalent for those whose first language is not English.
    • If your IELTS score is below 6.5 you can take one or more Pre-sessional English short courses to help you reach the required level.  For more details visit: http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/pre-sessional-english-higher-route

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201919/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)


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    28/09/202019/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202119/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202126/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students