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Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages - TESOL

This exciting MA is the only Masters level TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme in the UK which offers an ERASMUS funded overseas teaching practice placement. Full-time students spend eight weeks in Hungary, teaching in primary or secondary schools. It suits those with or without teaching experience, aims at excellence in practical classroom teaching as well as preparing you for a master's degree by dissertation. The MA TESOL meets the criteria for the British Council's higher level TEFL Qualified qualification.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; and evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

You can make an APEL application (accreditation of prior experiential learning). However, you cannot apply to be exempt from the teaching practice module.



MA full-time: normally 4 days per week in semester one; 3 days per week (6 weeks) plus 8 weeks teaching practice in sem 2; followed by independent study for the dissertation during semester three (summer semester). This can be done at a distance.

MA part-time: Year 1: normally, 2 days per week in semester one, 4 weeks teaching practice semester 2. Year 2: normally, 2 days per week in semester one, and 4 weeks teaching practice in semester two. This is followed by independent study for the dissertation during semester three (summer semester) and during semester one and two of year 3. This can be done at a distance.

Careers or further progression

Graduates have gained work as English language teachers in private language schools, further education colleges, universities and schools in the UK, Ireland and many countries across the world. Some have progressed to doctoral study, while others have secured jobs as online English language teachers. Graduates have also gained employment in teaching-related areas such as the Inclusion and Diversity Service and developers of online English language teaching materials. Others have used their qualification to work for charities abroad in developing countries.

Further enquiries

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3210

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
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