MSc programmes in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL/EMT)

Why choose this course?

  • Theorize your practice through developing your understanding of current thinking on key TESOL issues.
  • Extend your professional skills and knowledge as a result of researching your own learning and teaching context.
  • Gain the confidence to take an active part in the global TESOL community.

Aston University runs the following MSC programmes in English teaching:

  • MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • MSc in Educational Management in TESOL (EMT) 

Entry Requirements
A good UK Honours Degree (minimum of an upper second class) in English Language, Linguistics or a related discipline or an overseas degree recognised by Aston university.  All applicants must normally have two years teaching experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Accreditation of prior learning: 
If you have done work at an equivalent level to masters work (for example a DELTA or the IH Diploma in Educational Management) you may be eligible for upto 60 credits of accreditation of prior learning (APL) towards the MSc. This does not necessarily correspond to any module in particular, it just means that you would fewer modules. You would normally still have to do the core modules for your chosen programme. The APEL credits would also give you a fees discount calculated pro-rata by the Finance department prior to enrolment. All APL requests must be made prior to enrolment.

Duration of programme: the normal duration of part-time PG taught programmes is 3 years although up to 5 years may be possible in some circumstances and with payment of a continuation fee. 

Start date:
 October each year

Distance learning available: Available

Intake: Approximately 50 per year

Fees for 2015/16: 
UK/EU: £8,000
Overseas: £8,000
(Fee quoted is cost of full course payable split over 3 years 40%, 30%, 30% then continuation fee)

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Our Masters programmes in TESOL by distance learning are designed to meet the academic and professional needs of experienced teachers of English to speakers of other languages. 

The course offers you a flexible and situated learning experience which is both academically rigorous and professionally rewarding. Once completed, you should have a firm grasp of key issues in the field of TESOL and be thoroughly acquainted with the literature. You will be able to make informed decisions on any aspect of TESOL and to support these with reasoned argument.

MSc Awards

We offer four strands to allow you to structure your Masters programme as effectively as possible and to ensure that your studies provide the required knowledge and skills to enable you to excel in your area of expertise. Each strand has a core module which you must successfully complete in order to be considered for the named award. Your dissertation must be focused on an area pertinent to the named award.

The four stands and their core modules are:
  • MSc TESOL (Core module: Methodology and Grammar)
  • MSc TESP (Core module: Course and Syllabus Design and Corpus Linguistics)
  • MSc TEYL (Core module: Teaching Young Learners and Lexis)
  • MSc EMT (Core module: Education Management and Analysing Spoken and Written Discourse)

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Choose 40 credits from the below options:


Choose 40 credits from the below options:

Graduates of our Distance Learning TESOL programmes work as teachers in TESOL all over the world.
You will have access to:
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre,

Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.



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