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MA TESOL / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

MA TESOL is designed to help experienced teachers of English to speakers of other languages to further their expertise and/or begin following a specialised pathway in one of the following (which can be applied to as separate courses, rather than as MA TESOL alone):

  • Teacher Education;
  • Educational Technology.

The course enables experienced TESOL practitioners to further their careers with regard to obtaining positions of seniority, undertaking new areas of professional activity or contributing to the professional development of other teachers.

Applications from both native and non-native-English-speaking teachers are welcome.


  • Gain understanding of the international currency of English, and the developments in the educational environment afforded by technology access and global networking.
  • Develop your knowledge of TESOL-related research, theory and areas of debate.
  • Develop advanced professional skills such as conducting needs analyses and evaluating, adapting and designing teaching and learning resources.

Special features

  • Education has been a discipline of study at Manchester since 1890.
  • Our students come from all over the globe, and our qualifications are recognised across the world.
  • Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as `world-leading' or `internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by lecturers who themselves have been language teachers (TESOL and other languages) with experience of working in Britain and overseas.

Formal lectures are rare, and instead classes tend to mix sections of input with group-work, computer and video activities, simulations and problem-based learning.

We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. We aim to build on the expertise of our students, many of whom are experienced teachers, and who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a wide range of different countries.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment varies from unit to unit, but usually consists of a written assignment of 3,500 words for a 15-credit course unit (double for a 30-credit course unit).

You are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theory as applied to your professional practice, and also demonstrate technical, academic, and professional skills. All assignments will be followed by both formative and summative feedback.

You can choose between a Mode A (traditional type) or a Mode B (portfolio type) of dissertation.

Mode A dissertations can be empirical (report on a research project), conceptual (discuss or develop a conceptual understanding or framework of relevance to your professional development), or practical (development of a rationale for practical activities related to professional practice).

Mode A practical dissertations and Mode B portfolio-type dissertations are very similar, but in the latter the materials produced are close to being in a publishable format.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Beyond Approaches, Methods and Techniques EDUC70021 15 Mandatory
Language Learning and Technology EDUC70061 15 Mandatory
Developing Researcher Competence EDUC70102 30 Mandatory
Intro to Educational Video Production EDUC61632 15 Optional
Teaching and Learning Online EDUC70050 15 Optional
Principled Materials and Course Design for TESOL EDUC70052 15 Optional
Psychology of Language Learning EDUC70091 15 Optional
The Education of Language Teachers EDUC70132 15 Optional
Explorations in Language EDUC70151 15 Optional
Contemporary Issues in Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Optional
Education Policy EDUC70531 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71232 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 13 course units

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .


The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), which has its own Student Hub. Here you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff. It is also a place to relax with fellow students.

MIE is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

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