University of Portsmouth

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience)

If you're a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL, ELT, EFL, EAP), or looking to begin a TESOL career, this two-year MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience) degree will enable you to enhance your skills and employability with real workplace experience.  

During your first year, you'll be taught by our linguistics experts at the University, learning to apply the latest TESOL theory to classroom situations and critically evaluate your approaches to teaching in a global context. You'll also work on the lesson and course planning and design, and learn how to conduct and analyze research into teaching techniques.

If you've completed initial ELT, TESOL, or TEFL teacher training but you don't yet have a minimum of three months of full-time teaching experience, you'll also do an extra module to build up your practical teaching skills.

In Year 2, you'll apply your learning on a 12-month work placement or professional experience program tailored to your career goals.

You'll graduate with the communication and intercultural skills and expertise to work as a more effective and well-rounded TESOL practitioner, in the UK or overseas. You could also go on to roles in areas such as educational management or leadership, curriculum development, editing, publishing, or advertising.

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

English is a global language. It's taught and learned all around the world – so much so that people who have learned it as a second language now outnumber native English speakers (ThoughtCo).

Those who teach English to speakers of other languages need expert training in the field, both theoretical and in the classroom, in order to provide the highest standards of teaching.

This Master's course will give you an internationally recognised qualification, a year of professional experience, and the linguistics and teaching theory to gain a competitive advantage and deliver the best possible TESOL training.

Graduates of this course have gone on areas such as:

  • 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

You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 12 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.


You'll take all core modules.

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


You can 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 credi

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