MA, 2½ years, by distance learning

Course Description

The Masters in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a rigorous qualification for experienced teachers of English which will build upon your professional knowledge and expertise. The programme has been developed with the professional in mind and offers you many opportunities for career enhancement.


All our Applied Linguistics and TESOL tutors have been professional language teachers with many years of accumulated pedagogic and academic experience around the world. Distance learning students will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world. The course provides you with the opportunity to undertake research into your particular area of interest, allowing you to develop a particular area of expertise. You will be able to develop your knowledge and skills and will also have the chance to apply these directly to your professional workplace. Most of our distance learning students continue to teach while they study on the programme. Continued contact with your learners during this time offers real advantages, as you can put your knowledge straight into practice.

The programme is based on content-rich online module materials, supported by multimedia and moderated discussion forums enabling you to study wherever or whenever you want. The MA also includes e-tivities (collaborative online activities) which allow you to discuss ideas and issues with peers from a range of backgrounds. Learning with others offers a rich resource which enables you to develop an understanding of educational systems other than your own. It also reduces the potential isolation of studying as a distance learning student.

The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL provides professional development and training, including:

these relate to English Language Teaching.

levels and cultural and institutional contexts.

and learning.

We are one of the longest established providers of postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the UK. On this course you will join teachers from all over the world. You will also benefit from our active involvement in research in different areas of Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award- winning library has world-class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our other support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

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Block 1 modules

Second Language Teaching and Learning

This block comprises two 15-credit modules:

These modules focus on aspects of English Language Teaching (ELT) methodology and theory of language learning. You will study the principles underlying a wide range of approaches and techniques for the teaching and learning of language, and theories of how languages are acquired. You will have the opportunity to relate these to your own professional context. You will cover topics such as:

In this block, a single assignment may be submitted combining two modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 25 September 2017

Application deadline for September 2017: 18 September 2017


Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered online using a range of media, including downloadable resources and interactive forums. Your modules will be assessed through written assignments that are submitted at the end of each module. You will also participate in formative online ‘e-tivities’ throughout each module. Your dissertation will be between 15,000-20,000 words in length.

Distance learning, which is primarily delivered through online learning, allows you to study in your own time and space so that you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. Studying by distance learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment. It also means you can apply new knowledge and insights into your working life whilst you are still studying. You will also have full access to our support services, as well as our virtual learning environment ‘Blackboard’ which offers a wide range of study support material. You will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

Learning Support

When you join the programme, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide personal support throughout the MA. In addition, each module has a designated e-moderator who co- ordinates the online activities and discussion forums.

At the beginning of each module there is an introductory video and audio podcast, as well as a Planning Unit with information and advice to help you with the organisation of your work, including information on assessment, study skills and recommended reading. While working through the module materials you will be able to interact with your personal tutor and your fellow students through module-specific online activities and discussion forums.

As well as all the resources in our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, you will be able to use the Library’s online catalogue and thousands of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The online journals collection also allows you access to leading journals in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. You will also have the support of specialised staff in the  Universit y Lib rar y’s  dist ance lea rning s ervic e  who can arrange postal loans for books.

Entry Requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning

The previous completion of certain courses will allow you to apply for Accredited Prior Learning (APL). All applications are considered on a case by case basis.

Purposes are exempted from 30 credits corresponding to two of our optional 15-credit courses: English for Specific Purposes, and Course & Syllabus Design.


English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not

English, you may need to provide evidence of your  English language ability.

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Fees and Funding

Starting in September 2017 or April 2018

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a  Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

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