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MA in TESOL

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2022/23 to UK students

Closed for admission in 2022/23 to international students

Start in September

Full time Part time
MA 1 year 2 years

About the course

We are sorry, but due to exceptional demand, this course is now closed for applications from international students for entry in 2022. Applications for 2023/4 will open in September 2022.

If you are a home (UK) student and want to apply for this postgraduate programme please contact admissions on 01482 466850 or pghome@hull.ac.uk.

The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed for any graduate who has a strong interest in language learning and teaching. This course 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 such as the use of technology in the classroom.

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.

Our programme is designed to support both native/expert and developing English language users. We welcome applications from graduates with an IELTS average of at least 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in all skills.

Students joining the programme also have the opportunity to apply for the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The Trinity CertTESOL is an internationally recognised professional English language teaching qualification. Eligible students will be able to study towards a practical, professional qualification at the same time as the Masters, increasing their actual classroom experience and future employability. Interested candidates will need to be assessed and interviewed for this programme separately, demonstrating a high level of competence in spoken and written English, whether English is their first, second or additional language.

 

What you'll study

The central themes of the programme engage with theoretical and practical teaching issues. You follow introductory modules in Trimester 1. In Trimester 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 Trimester 3, you undertake a 15,000-word dissertation.

Optional modules cover: 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.

Core modules

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


  • Contemporary Issues in Language Teaching (Trimester 1)

  • Dissertation Research Skills (Trimester 1)

  • Approaches to Language Teaching (Trimester 2)

  • Advanced Professional Issues in ELT (Trimester 2)

  • Dissertation (Trimester 3)

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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Hull Campus

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Fees and funding

UK students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2022 entry, they provide up to £11,836 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • Home: £8,950 (2022/23 entry)
    £9,400 (2023/24 entry)
  • Home (part-time): £855 (20 credits), £2,565 (60 credits), £3,850 (90 credits)

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

  • EU/International: £8,950 (2022/23 entry)
    £10,000 (2023/24 entry)

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.

Please see the terms and conditions for International fees 2022/23

Graduate PGT Scholarship

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

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

International Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

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.

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

Find out more

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree (or international equivalent). Your personal statement must clearly highlight why you are interested in this programme. Applicants who do not meet our academic requirement but have relevant professional experience may also be considered.


In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.

International students

Application deadline
  • 15 August 2022

Your deposit should be paid by 25 August, you should accept any offer by 29 August and your CAS must be issued by 5 September.

Language requirements

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes.

Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

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.

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