Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (by Distance) MA - 2021 Entry

Entry Year

Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

Take your Masters with one of the best Linguistics departments in the world. We are ranked 12th in the world for Lingistics by the QS World Ranking 2020.

This part-time, web-based programme aims to provide flexibility so that you can study alongside your existing work and personal commitments.

We aim to equip teachers with up-to-date knowledge and skills that will enable them to work in a variety of language teaching contexts. Some experience is required to take this programme; for example, it is ideal for English language teachers who have two or more years’ experience in the field.

You will be able to choose from a range of module topics depending on your academic and work interests. We aim to use the latest pedagogical principles in distance education and web-based learning and teaching, and you will have the opportunity to access a variety of technological tools to enhance your learning experience.

The programme has three main areas of focus:

  • To familiarise you with important academic research and theories relating to TESOL;
  • To highlight issues of contemporary interest in the field of TESOL, and discuss how attitudes towards these issues are changing and becoming more enlightened;
  • To develop your skills in handling applied linguistic research for conducting evidence-based enquiry within the field of TESOL.

The programme usually begins in late September with an online orientation session administered via our virtual learning environment. In the online orientation session, you will ‘meet’ your tutors and fellow students in our virtual learning environment and become familiar with this form of web-based learning.

There are five online modules and a dissertation, and you can find more details about each of them on the Course Structure page. Dates are provided as a guide, but may vary.

  • Second Language Acquisition (October-December, Year 1)
  • Trends and Issues in Language Teaching Methodology (January - March, Year 1)
  • Curriculum Design and Teacher Development in Language Education (April - June, Year 1)
  • Classroom Language Assessment (October - December, Year 2)
  • Second Language Classroom Research (January - March, Year 2)
  • Dissertation

Each module is normally completed within a 10-week period. The modules are assessed either by a 5000-word assignment or a combination of a shorter assignment of 2500 words and a recorded presentation.

The final component of the course involves a dissertation of 15,000 words, on an area of research relevant to your own teaching context or specific interests. Throughout all of the modules and the dissertation component you will have one-to-one access to our team of teaching staff for individual academic supervision, guidance and feedback, as well as taking part in web-based seminars.

Online learning

The course is delivered via Lancaster’s high quality virtual learning site and includes online seminars and tutorials. You will have access to the University’s extensive online library resources. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact with peers and academics, and to engage with the department’s academic community.  

Enhancing your career

The quality of Lancaster’s TESOL courses is recognised by employers world-wide and former students have taken up prestigious teaching positions in Ministries of Education, Curriculum Development Centres and Research Centres in countries around the world.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



 Whole programme
UK £9,370
International  £13,530

(Applicants holding the Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA) qualification may be eligible for exemption from part of the programme and a 10% fee reduction).

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK or international student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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