Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Distance Learning MA

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MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a well-respected qualification, and will enable you to access reputable and high-paying teaching roles in almost any country.

You will develop an in-depth theoretical knowledge of the English language, and develop all the skills you need to be an effective teacher.

This flexible, distance-learning course is perfect if you want to develop your career, but you can’t attend the University of Sunderland in person. You can choose to study this course on a full-time or part-time basis.

Why us?

  • Gain experience of practical teaching and receive a postgraduate degree
  • Work in any country where people want to learn English
  • Practise teaching skills in a supportive environment

Course structure

You can learn from anywhere in the world that has internet access. You’ll interact with other students in online discussion forums, and your tutors will guide and support you via email, phone, and the University’s virtual learning environment.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Master's degree requires a higher level of independent working. However, you will have a high level of support from staff throughout your degree.

Core modules:

  • TESOL: Principles and Practice (30 credits)
  • Linguistics for English Language Teaching (30 credits)
  • The Research Process (30 credits)
  • Dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a TESOL-related topic of your choice (60 credits)

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Theories of Second Language Learning (30 credits)
  • Corpus Linguistics for Language Teaching (30 credits)
  • Language, Discourse and Power (30 credits)


Please note that modules may vary from year to year. Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • As a distance-learning student, you'll be able to remotely access online journals, articles and e-books.

    The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day, and they also offer online tutorials to help you make the most of our electronic resources.

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This distance-learning course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will need internet access to receive materials and communicate with your tutors and classmates.



Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent. You should also have excellent English language skills.

If your first language isn’t English, you must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, and all elements must be 5.5 or higher.

Additional Requirements
For the TESOL: Principles and Practice module, you will need access to a language school or other institution where you can arrange for a taught lesson to be video recorded for assessment purposes.

If you have any of the following qualifications, please ensure you include a copy of your certificate with your application:

  • Trinity CertTESOL
  • Trinity DipTESOL

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is:

  • £7,100

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

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A TESOL qualification is an essential qualification for many overseas teaching jobs. Career options can include senior roles in educational institutions, educational advisers, and educational inspectors.

You will find that possessing a Master's postgraduate degree will also support a career in other fields, as employers recognise the higher levels of research, analysis and communication that a postgraduate degree requires.

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