MSc TESOL Education

Start date
MSc/PGDip/PGCert - 1 year full-time, MSc - 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught

£9,250 f/t (Home/EU)
£4,625 p/t (Home/EU)
£19,170 f/t (Overseas students)
More Fees and funding details.


Our MSc in TESOL Education is for graduates with no or minimal experience of teaching English. Based in the School of Education, the programme links English language teaching to wider issues of education.

The MSc TESOL Education programme provides a solid grounding in practical language teaching skills, and in language learning and teaching research. You will create bespoke teaching and learning materials, and you will have the option to observe teaching in a range of schools. You will also develop strong grounding in the latest cutting-edge developments in language learning and teaching.

You will be supported in your studies to become a TESOL professional, a competent educational researcher, and an active member of the international academic and professional TESOL community. 

  • Approach – The programme has been designed for those who want to become language teachers but have little or no teaching experience. It takes a practical approach, and it links language teaching and education.
  • Environment – The School of Education has been ranked in the top 50 for Education in the 2019 QS World Rankings. It hosts the MOSAIC Group for Research on Multilingualism.
  • Teaching and support – Modules typically provide three contact hours a week for a semester. You will have a dedicated personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor.
  • Research – All tutors are actively researching language learning or teaching. Teaching is research-led. You will be supported in running a research project on your chosen topic.

The MSc consists of six core modules and three optional modules plus a dissertation. This programme can also be taken as a PGDip or PGCert. The PGDip (Postgraduate Diploma) consists of six modules without dissertation. The PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate) consists of three modules.

I used to teach English without any kind of formal qualification. But studying at Birmingham made me understand the importance of applying academic research to my practice as an English teacher. Birmingham is one of the most international cities in the world, where I met many other international students and acquired new language skills. I highly recommend this degree.

Shinichiro Kihara, Alumnus from Japan


You will study three core modules and three optional modules, and complete a 16-17,000-word dissertation. 

Core modules 

  • Second Language Teaching Methodology gives you a strong grounding in classroom methodology and course design. You will create your own teaching and learning materials.
  • Second Language Learning introduces you to research in language learning and teaching. You will learn the theory and evidence behind language teaching methodology.
  • Researching Education introduces you to practitioner research, with seminars focussing on TESOL research. You will design a research project for your dissertation (MSc only).

There are also several optional modules.

Optional Modules (Subject to availability)

  • Language, Discourse and Society 
  • Education Observation, Evaluation and Supervision 
  • Curriculum Design in Global Contexts
  • Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment
  • Personal and Professional Skills for Education Management
  • Leadership for School Improvement
  • Education as an International Issue
  • Special Educational Needs of Children with Autism
  • Educational Practices for Social Justice and Equity
  • Understanding School Improvement

The modules listed on our website may be subject to change. If a module is no longer available, we will inform you and offer you alternatives.

Dissertation (MSc only)

You will investigate a TESOL topic of your choice. With the help of your supervisor, you will design your own research project, and write a 16-17,000-word dissertation. 


Fees 2020 - 2021


  • Code 605D PGCert full-time £3,083
  • Code 600D PGDip full-time £6,167
  • Code 593D MSc full-time £9,250
  • Code 612D MSc part-time £4,625


  • Code 605D PGCert full-time £6,150
  • Code 600D PGDip full-time £12,780
  • Code 593D MSc full-time £19,170
  • Code 612D MSc part-time £9,585

Fees are based on students studying 60 credits per year on part-time programmes. 

The fees shown above are for the first year for students starting their course in September in 2020. Please note that fees may change in subsequent years due to inflation.

Please view our Fees for International Students  page for further details 

Learn more about fees and funding  

For further information contact the School directly or visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Scholarships, Studentships and Loans

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will provide up to £10,906 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available, please view the Scholarships webpage in the School of Education. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page.

For further information contact the School directly or Fees and Financial Support university webpages. 

How To Apply

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree is normally required. A degree in a related discipline is a strong advantage (e.g., English language, linguistics, language teaching, education). However, applicants with other degrees or with a 2:2 will also be considered on an individual basis.

International students

We require an IELTS 6.5 or other equivalent English language qualification.

Students with conditional offers who do not meet our IELTS requirements may take one of our Presessional English courses. They will then be able to access our programme without retaking IELTS.

English language support for current students

The Birmingham International Academy provides free English language services to current international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials, email answers and individual one-to-one tutorials. For a small fee, the Academy also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and host visits.  

VISA Requirements

Obtaining a visa can be a lengthly process. Please allow sufficient time to obtain your visa. Find out more about the visa requirements and process

International Requirements

The School of Education in the University of Birmingham hosts a number of researchers working on language and education, is home to the world-renowned MOSAIC Group for Research on Multilingualism, and is part of the Language and Cognition at Birmingham network.

You will experience a range of teaching and learning styles, including lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations, microteaching, individual and group presentations, school observations, journals and group projects.

Modules are typically assessed with a 4,000-word written assignments. You will explore a topic of your choice, reviewing relevant literature or running a small-scale research project. For some modules, you will design and evaluate curriculum or teaching materials.

Our graduates typically find work as English language teachers in schools and universities in countries around the world. Some go on to pursue a PhD or other research qualifications.