University of Portsmouth - MA Applied Linguistic and TESOL

University of Portsmouth

MA Applied Linguistic and TESOL

Develop your abilities as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, or kickstart your TESOL career, on this flexible Master's in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

You may already be an established TESOL practitioner (or ELT, EFL or EAP) with a minimum of three months full-time teaching experience, looking to advance your skills and become an expert in your field. If not, as long as you've completed initial ELT, TESOL or TEFL teacher training, you can still apply for this course and do an extra module to build up your practical teaching skills.

On this course, you'll apply contemporary TESOL theory to the classroom. Guided by our expert teaching team, you can apply your learning to the context of teaching you currently work in or aspire to, whether that's in the private or state sector, teaching adults, primary, secondary or higher education.

You'll use a global perspective to critique your own approaches to teaching, conduct your own research into teaching techniques, and explore lesson planning and course design.

You can study in a way that fits around your existing professional and personal commitments by choosing between full-time, part-time, campus-based or distance learning options. 

When you graduate, you'll have a deeper understanding of TESOL and how best to get results as an expert practitioner. You'll be ready to pursue roles in areas such as educational management or leadership, curriculum development, editing, publishing or advertising, in the UK or overseas.

Entry Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience.
  • If you do not have relevant teaching experience, you can still apply for our campus programme, and you will study an additional non-credit bearing module The Classroom Practice of TESOL at no additional cost. 
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.5.

Career Prospects

As a TESOL practitioner with a postgraduate qualification, you'll be ready to teach English to speakers of other languages all around the world to the highest professional standard. There are now more people who learn English as a second language than there are native speakers (ThoughtCo), so your skills will be in high demand.

When you complete the course, you'll have the specialist knowledge to stand out to employers at institutions such as universities, language schools and private schools in the UK and overseas.

What can you do with MA Applied Linguistic and TESOL ?

This Master's offers an advanced-level professional qualification for practising and aspiring teachers of English as a foreign language, and is designed for both native speakers and non-native speakers with a high level of English.

What jobs can you do with a MA Applied Linguistic and TESOL degree?

Your degree can open doors to roles with:

  • teaching English as a second/foreign language
  • teaching ESOL in the UK
  • teaching other languages, applying skills learning on this course
  • educational management and/or leadership
  • teacher training
  • materials writing
  • curriculum development
  • editing
  • publishing
  • advertising

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as

  • Director of Studies (DoS)
  • Senior Teacher
  • Senior Lecturer of English as a Foreign Language

Course Details


  • Dissertation Project MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL – 60 credits
  • Second Language Acquisition – 30 credits
  • Theory and Practice of TESOL – 30 credits


You'll take 2 optional modules.

  • Analysing Discourse – 30 credits
  • Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Materials – 30 credits
  • Professional Portfolio – 30 credits
  • Using Language Corpora for Teaching and Research – 30 credits
  • World Englishes – 30 credits

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