TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) with Language Testing (Distance)


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Part time 2 years


Take your Master's in TESOL in one of the best Linguistics Departments in the world. We are placed 3rd in the QS World Rankings 2024.

This course is designed for language teachers who, in addition to broadening their knowledge-base on second language learning and up-to-date teaching methodology, want to gain expertise in second language test construction and evaluation in classroom contexts and at wider national and international levels.

The course is entirely web based and allows you to focus both your coursework and dissertation on issues and problems pertinent to your own educational and assessment contexts. We aim to equip you with up-to-date knowledge and skills that will enable you to work in a variety of language teaching and assessment contexts.

The course starts with an online orientation at the beginning of the academic year. During the course, you will work together with fellow students from different parts of the world in a supportive online learning environment. Throughout all of the modules and the dissertation component you will have access to our team of teaching staff for individual academic supervision, guidance and feedback.


This course will be useful both for those already working in the field of language education and research, and those who wish to move into this field.

It will prepare you for careers that include:

  • Language teacher / assessor
  • Director of language / assessment programmes
  • Developer of language teaching / testing materials

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree in a related subject is normally required. We will also consider applications where you have a degree in other subjects, have a 2:2 or equivalent result and/or extensive relevant experience. In these cases, you should clearly demonstrate how your experience and skills have prepared you for postgraduate study. At least one year of language teaching / assessment experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

We accredit the Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA) qualification or equivalent (e.g. Level 7 Diploma in TESOL) as prior learning. It counts 20 credits and exempts students from LING531, Trends and Issues in Language Teaching Methodology. Applicants whose prior learning is accredited receive a 10% reduction in fees. Students need to request accreditation at the point of application to the programme. Credit will be awarded for learning that has taken place within the last five years immediately prior to the start of the course. Credit may also be awarded in cases where a TESOL qualification has been awarded more than five years ago but where the applicant can provide evidence that their learning has continued in a professional or similar context since then.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

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.



Fees and funding

2 year programme

 Year 1 (60 credits)Year 2 (120 Credits)
Home £3,750 £7,500
International £3,750 £7,500

Cost per 20 credit Module (2024-25)

  • Home £1,250
  • International £1,250

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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