Why study ELT at Lancaster?
We have provided MA programmes for ELT practitioners at Lancaster for over 30 years. During this time, we have gained an outstanding international reputation for introducing students to the most recent academic research and thinking of practical relevance to ELT around the world. 100% of our postgraduate students attain a graduate level position 6 months after graduating.
All of our staff are actively engaged in pioneering research and publications. Studying for your MA in ELT at Lancaster means you are taught by leading figures in the field, such as Tineke Brunfaut, Luke Harding, Judit Kormos, Alison Mackey, Marije Michel, Jenefer Philp and Patrick Rebuschat.
We are especially well-known for our work in the following areas:
- task-based language learning and teaching
- teaching spoken language
- language testing and evaluation
- studies in second language acquisition (e.g., individual differences in language learning, the psychological aspects of second language acquisition)
- innovation in language teaching
- facilitating teacher learning
- materials design
- curriculum design
- language teaching methodology
- cultural and pragmatic factors in second language learning
- English for specific/academic purposes
- special needs in language teaching.
But don't just take our word for it - see what our former students have to say!
What we provide
We offer a range of programmes, suited to a variety of needs:
- MA TEFL (Campus-based): for those with less than two years of teaching experience
- MA TESOL (Campus-based): for those with two or more years of teaching experience
- MA TESOL (Web-based): for those with two of more years of teaching experience
- MA TESOL (Hong Kong): This MA is taught face-to-face in Hong Kong by lecturers from Lancaster
- MA in Language Testing (Web-based): for assessment specialists
- PhD studies: a wide choice of study modes
Comprehensive study support
Our Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module provides you with English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills support during your studies, and the Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language module introduces you to the research skills needed for your assignments and dissertation. You are also assigned to an Academic Advisor who helps you settle in and keeps an eye on your progress throughout the year. And if you don't already meet our English language entry requirements, it is possible to take our pre-sessional EAP programme instead.
Our department is a vibrant research community, and MA students have access to our Second Language Learning and Pedagogy Research Group, Language Testing Research Group and many others.
Scholarships & Funding
Full details of scholarships offered are available on our Funding Opportunities page.
Accommodation & environment
Stay on either our park-like campus or in the historic city of Lancaster. See the University's student life pages for more details.
- Lancaster has been ranked first out of 21 university cities for safety, according to a recent national newspaper survey.
- There are major road and rail links from Lancaster to London and all other parts of the UK, and Manchester International Airport in close by, see the University's travel pages for full details.
- England's most scenic area - the beautiful Lake District National Park - is only a short distance away.
- If you arrive with a family, the University 's pre school centre has an excellent reputation as one of the leading childcare establishments in the area, and there are also excellent schools near the university.
For further information about academic and English language requirements, please see the postgraduate website.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for any of our courses, please see our How to Apply section for further details.