Applied Linguistics and TESOL MA
MA and TESOL Applied Linguistics
If you teach English to speakers of other languages and want to continue your personal and professional development, enhance your abilities and become an expert in your field, postgraduate study is your next step.
On this MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL degree course, you’ll take your qualifications to Master’s level – whether you choose to study full-time or part-time – and develop your expertise in fields that interest you the most.
You'll enhance your teaching skills too, so when you graduate, you'll be ready to take the next ambitious strides in your career.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Develop the skills needed to teach English around the world, to speakers of other languages
- Expand your knowledge of the theories and methods used in linguistics
- Unpick the hidden systems and bias in the use of language
- Reflect on your teaching practice from theoretical and research-based perspectives
Work experience and career planning
If you're not already in work when you join us, our Careers and Employability service are on-hand to help you find relevant work experience during your course – and to help you find a great job when you graduate too.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
Previous students have gone on to work in universities in the UK and abroad, continued their studies, or taken on more advanced roles in their current place of work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
- A good honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,000
- International students – £13,200
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,000 per year (subject to annual increase)
- International students – £6,600 per year (subject to annual increase)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £2,000 per year (subject to annual increase)
- International students – £2,000 per year (subject to annual increase)
Government Postgraduate Loan
Full time, part time and distance learning courses are eligible
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to cover the travel costs for any internships/placements that you take. These vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 1 unit worth 60 credits and 4 unit worth 30 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Second Language Acquisition
- Theory and Practice of TESOL
Options to choose from currently include:
- Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research
- World Englishes
- Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Material
- Analysing Discourse
- Professional Portfolio
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-to-one tutorials
Our campus programme combines the opportunity for traditional classroom-based teaching, with the flexibility of distance learning.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.
There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Admissions terms and conditionsWhen you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.