English - TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages

The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, provides an alternative route to the PhD for mid-career and senior professionals in English Language education and related disciplines.

We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods (four compulsory), TESOL (two compulsory), issues in education and professional development.

On successful completion of the programme you will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in a TESOL-related area. You will, through your dissertation, demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate your results and their implications.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
A 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and a Masters degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Performance profiles (grades etc) may also be required to ensure suitability of the applicant for Doctoral study. Applicants will normally be expected to have at least five years' full-time professional experience in a field of work related to Education.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31st July 2018.
Late applications may be considered.

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


4 years full-time, 8 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Graduates have found this degree beneficial in developing their professional expertise and in gaining promotion in their current workplaces.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Caroline Linse Senior Lecturer

Dr Katrina Lloyd
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5962

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Course Details
Students must complete the following research modules:
Introduction to Doctoral Study in Education
Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory
Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory

Plus one other research module from:
Experimental Methods in Educational Research
Narrative and Arts-Based Research Approaches
Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research
Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings
Survey Methods in Educational Research
The Professional as Researcher

Plus two TESOL modules:
TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
TESOL: Issues in Language Learning

Optional modules:
Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues
Children's Rights - Research and Practice
Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood
Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion
Exploring Justice for Special Needs Education and Inclusion: A Capabilties Approach

* These modules are an example of what is available in any one year and are subject to change.


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages highlights

You can choose from a range of modules to meet your specific professional needs.

Career Development
•You will enhance your career prospects and depth of knowledge of English Language teaching.

Internationally Renowned Experts
•We undertake a wide range of research in the areas of TESOL and Applied Linguistics including young learners, parent-teacher communication, spoken corpora and academic English, spoken language and pragmatics in relation to second language acquisition

Student Experience
•We offer many opportunities for networking and sharing best practice with other education professionals and students in our Graduate School.

•Flexibility The programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and is delivered via blended learning. The programme content is delivered in two and a half day blocks (usually Thursday-Saturday).

•Credit Transfer Applicants may be considered (at time of application) for credit transfer of master's programmes completed within the last 10 years (maximum of one module).

Assessment method

Each module is assessed through an assignment equivalent to a maximum of 5,000 words. The final dissertation of 40,000 words is assessed by an oral examination (viva voce).

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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