Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This programme is designed for people who are already English language teachers and who want to develop their career opportunities, or for those with less experience but with a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. The programme will develop your understanding of both classroom practice and key areas of research which inform that practice. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching. If you are (or intend to be) responsible for the professional development of colleagues, you will be equipped to identify and put into practice a range of activities for fostering growth and development. A unique feature of the programme is its combination of modules which focus on language teaching, and those which allow a broader focus on the psychological and social aspects of language learning and teaching in an increasingly multilingual world. Another unique feature of the programme is that students from all over the world have the opportunity to share their experiences with locally based teachers of languages other than English, thus gaining insight into a range of language teaching contexts in the UK, including the state education system.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-Class Honours degree or above (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or relevant professional training and language teaching experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules (worth 30 credits each) and 2 or 3 option modules (worth 30 credits each), and complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500-5000-word independent literature review (worth 30 credits). Core modules may include: Core issues in language teaching and TESOL; research methods and design. Option modules may include (choose 3): International management communication; introduction to applied linguistics; issues in translation; language, culture and communication; linguistic analysis; marketing communications: An introduction; professional and business communication; professional development for language teaching; psycholinguistics of 2nd language acquisition and bilingualism; sociolinguistics.

Sponsorship information

Departmental bursaries are available on a competitive basis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

Key information

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6499