MA International Education (TESOL) / Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2021

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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.