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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

MA in TESOL

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time Part time
MA 1 year 2 years

About the course

The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed primarily for language graduates, or those with either a teaching qualification or experience. It is ideal if you want to acquire an in-depth knowledge of English and how to teach it, and to explore new developments in language teaching and the use of technology in the classroom.

Key features include the theory, research and practical aspects of language teaching through observation, reflection and practice. The MA in TESOL at Hull is unusual in that we include a practical teaching component, with observed classroom practice an integral part of the course. As such, newcomers to teaching and experienced classroom practitioners alike can explore the role of a language teacher in the modern world.

You will be able to explore innovative language learning and teaching, using a range of technologies in the classroom and online. Our Language Learning Centre hosts a wealth of material on campus, including a library of audio and visual resources and teaching rooms equipped with the latest technology.

You will have the opportunity to combine TESOL with Translation Studies, either with the emphasis on TESOL or Translation Studies, selecting modules from each programme.

You can develop advanced academic English language skills and research techniques in the dissertation module seminar series.

What you'll study

The central themes of the programme engage with theoretical and practical teaching issues. You follow introductory modules in Semester 1. In Semester 2, you have the opportunity to enhance your practical teaching skills and look at innovative approaches to teaching, building on theoretical expertise developed in the first semester. In Semester 3, you undertake a 15,000-word dissertation.

Optional modules cover: EFL/ESOL exams and testing; lexical approaches in language learning; new technologies in language learning/teaching; and teaching English for specific purposes.

Assessment

The primary methods are by essays and continuous assessment, followed by a 15,000-word dissertation for the Masters stage of the programme.

MA in TESOL with Translation Studies

If you want to acquire an in-depth knowledge of English and how to teach it, but would like the added employability factor of understanding translation theories and practice, the MA in TESOL with Translation Studies offers a distinct pathway.

This combined course enables you to study modules in line with your future career. You will major in and study the same core modules as the straight TESOL Masters, but can choose from a variety of translation studies modules as options.

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Second Language Acquisition (Semester 1)

  • Systems of the English Language

    Explore the four systems of the English language : grammar, lexis, phonology and discourse. Develop your understanding of these systems as well as current ideas surrounding effective teaching.‚Äč

  • Approaches to English Language and Teaching (Semester 2)

  • Postgraduate English and Language Theory for TESOL and Translation

    This module supports you in adapting to level 7 study and developing your mastery of relevant subject content within TESOL and Translation Studies. As well as working on language improvement, you will be encouraged to develop critical and analytical skills in such areas as applied linguistics, the English language and language differences.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,000
  • Home/EU (part-time): £780 (20 credits), £2,335 (60 credits), £3,500 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International:  £14,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We offer MA programmes in Translation Studies and TESOL – allowing you to focus on either discipline or combine them.

We are one of only 11 universities in the UK to be accredited with membership of the prestigious European Commission European Masters in Translation (EMT) network.

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

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Our research cuts across traditional language-centred boundaries and covers a spectrum of topics including popular culture, sexuality, politics and applied linguistics.

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Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or appropriate experience in the professional environment.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

The MA in TESOL enables you to become an independent, advanced professional leader, equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical classroom experience needed to excel in research, programme leadership and teaching.

Our MA graduates leave Hull with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. The experience you gain in a real teaching environment is unique to Hull, so you’ll stand out against the competition in the job market.

The School engages in interdisciplinary research activities that often cut across traditional language-centred boundaries. Many of our students choose to progress on to PhD-level study and our TESOL specialists offer supervision in many areas, including the methodology of language teaching, online language learning and second language acquisition.