MA International Education (TESOL)

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration
1 year
Entry requirements

We require a UK bachelor's degree with a First or Upper Second (2:1) classification or the overseas equivalent in Education, Teaching or English.

Applicants without an education, teaching or English-related degree should have at least six months of relevant professional experience.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved, your academic references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Due to the high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.

This is a competitive application process and preference will be given to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

  • Stage 1 : Applications received by 30 October 2020; decisions communicated by 29 January 2021.
  • Stage 2: Applications received by 8 January 2021; decisions communicated by 26 March 2021.
  • Stage 3: Applications received by 5 March 2021; decisions communicated by 7 May 2021.
  • Stage 4: Applications received by 30 April 2021; decisions communicated by 2 July 2021.

You need to ensure that you submit all your supporting documents with your online application. We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies as long as you submit your latest interim transcripts with your application.  

Whilst we aim to give you a decision by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know.

All places are subject to availability and the course may close before the later stages. We therefore recommend that you apply early in the admissions cycle. Applications received after the final deadline may be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

  • Benefit from outstanding teaching that draws on world-leading research.
  • Work with an international cohort of students and tutors representing perspectives from throughout the globe.
  • Focus on professional learning, underpinned by critical scholarship.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see  Open days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £10,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £21,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit  postgraduate fees

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
School of Environment, Education and Development +44 (0) 161 543 4028
Email
School/Faculty
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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a UK bachelor's degree with a First or Upper Second (2:1) classification or the overseas equivalent in Education, Teaching or English.

Applicants without an education, teaching or English-related degree should have at least six months of relevant professional experience.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved, your academic references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:
  • IELTS test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0;
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20;
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 59 and no other subsection below 51;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 or Grade C if taken before January 2015 (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester, or to demonstrate an improvement in your language scores prior to the start of your course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Applicants with a degree not related to Education, Teaching or English should have at least six months of relevant professional experience.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Due to the high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.

This is a competitive application process and preference will be given to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

  • Stage 1 : Applications received by 30 October 2020; decisions communicated by 29 January 2021.
  • Stage 2: Applications received by 8 January 2021; decisions communicated by 26 March 2021.
  • Stage 3: Applications received by 5 March 2021; decisions communicated by 7 May 2021.
  • Stage 4: Applications received by 30 April 2021; decisions communicated by 2 July 2021.

You need to ensure that you submit all your supporting documents with your online application. We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies as long as you submit your latest interim transcripts with your application.  

Whilst we aim to give you a decision by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know.

All places are subject to availability and the course may close before the later stages. We therefore recommend that you apply early in the admissions cycle. Applications received after the final deadline may be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:
  • copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations;
  • two written references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work, signed, dated and stamped by the referee and on official headed paper;
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application;
  • your CV;
  • copies of English Language Certification, eg IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.

How your application is considered

Once your application has been received, our admissions team will contact you. We may ask you to submit additional information, if necessary.

If you decide to accept your offer, when you arrive in Manchester you will be required to show to us the original documents which demonstrate your academic qualifications and your English language ability.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.

For these and general requirements including English language see  accepted entry qualifications from your country

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MA Education International (TESOL) will provide you with the opportunity to engage in structured study of, and reflection upon, the application of educational theories, ideas and concepts to a range of international educational and community-based contexts.

The course has been designed for teachers and other education professionals working in a range of national and international settings, and is ideal if you're looking to develop your career by securing new posts or promotion within the area of TESOL.

You'll work with an international cohort of students representing multiple unique perspectives.

The course offers a unique combination of policy and practice-based perspectives on education and TESOL, and is taught by outstanding, world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice using the social sciences.

Aims

  • Develop participants' critical understanding of educational theories in order to enable an informed analysis of educational systems and practices in different countries.
  • Develop participants' capacity to engage in and use research to inform and develop both their practice and their understandings of differences in practice in different systems.
  • Raise participants' awareness of the influence of key concepts across international contexts, as well as the particularity of local contexts.
  • Develop participants' professional knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to their prior and emerging professional interests.
  • Enable participants to gain evaluative and analytical skills that will help them to engage critically with education policies and practices across and within national systems.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice through using the social sciences. This includes:
  • Dr Jenna Mittelmeier (an expert on issues around international student experience);
  • Dr Kirstin Kerr (an expert on education and poverty);
  • Dr Miguel Lim (an expert on higher education policy and internationalisation);
  • Dr Susie Miles (known internationally for her specialist knowledge of inclusion and disability in developing country contexts);
  • Dr Sylvie Lomer (an expert on international student mobility);
  • Dr Rita Hordosy (an expert in international and comparative educational research);
  • Dr Zeynep Onat-Stelma (an expert in TESOL);
  • Prof Helen Gunter (known internationally for her work on policy and leadership);
  • Prof Mel Ainscow (an international expert in inclusive education);
  • Prof Mel West (a leading expert in school improvement and school effectiveness);
  • Prof Michael Apple (the world's leading critical educationalist);
  • Dr Steve Courtney (an expert on school restructuring, change and leadership).

Course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning. Comprehensive training is provided in the use of electronic resources.

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.

Student feedback is integral to our learning and teaching, and you will have the opportunity to contribute to the student experience as Student Representatives, as well as through informal conversations with the Programme Director and teaching team throughout the course.

Coursework and assessment

You will study four course units in each semester, six of which are core and two of which are optional.

The form of assessment varies by course unit. However, most involve a 3,000-word written assessment, which may be in the form of an essay, a critical review of literature, or a research report. Formative and summative feedback is provided.

The dissertation is the report of an empirical research project investigation of an aspect of education, and is 15,000 words in length.

Facilities

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. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .