TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) MA

Our postgraduate TESOL course helps you take advantage of the worldwide opportunities for top-quality teachers of English as a second or foreign language.

Why Surrey?

We have combined our practical, intercultural, applied approach to language teaching with our expertise in linguistics to create a TESOL masters programme that will help you to realise your full potential as an English Language teacher.

Programme overview

This masters degree is for those who have a 2.1 honours degree and are planning to embark on a career in English Language Teaching.

Whether you are from the UK or overseas, studying for your TESOL masters at our beautiful campus close to London is the key to unlocking international career opportunities in a sector that is enjoying impressive sustained growth.

This postgraduate programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of the main theories relating to language learning, as well as enhancing your knowledge of the structure and use of the English language. We will help you to master the principles of language learning so that you can apply them with confidence and imagination in your own teaching practice.

With opportunities to develop as a tutor and become an active member of the international academic and professional ELT community, this course is a great complement to a teaching qualification.


Full-time students will take six compulsory modules (three in each  semester), two optional modules (one in each semester), and also complete a small research project and dissertation.

Part-time students will be expected to study two modules per semester over four semesters (two years) and then complete the dissertation over one further year.

N.B. Part-time students may submit the dissertation early, if appropriate, and providing they have passed all the taught elements of the programme.

Compulsory modules

  1. Second-Language Acquisition and Learning
  2. English Grammar for Teachers
  3. Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers
  4. Language Teaching Methodology
  5. Curriculum Design
  6. Research Methodologies
  7. Dissertation

Optional modules

8. Teaching English for Specific Purposes
9. Testing and Assessment in ELT
10. Text and Discourse Analysis for ELT
11. ELT Materials: Design and Evaluation
12. Management in ELT
13. Computer-Assisted Language Learning 
14. Teaching Intercultural Communication
15. Teaching Young Learners

Please note that modules and module content are subject to change.


You will complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words based on your own original empirical research.

Programme structure / contact hours

The programme runs for two semesters, beginning in October and ending in August/September.

If you are studying full-time, you should expect to attend formal teaching on campus for 8 to 10 hours per week, spread over 5 days from October to December and January to June.  You will need to spend 3 to 4 months (June to September) working on your dissertation. You will also need to set aside sufficient time for preparation, reading, research, coursework and revision.

Attendance for part-time study will vary according to the optional modules chosen. Please contact us for more details.

Teaching Methods

A variety of teaching methods will be used. In addition to formal lectures, you will participate in workshops and seminars. You will have full access to University and departmental facilities and resources, including state-of-the-art language-teaching facilities. There will also be opportunities for 'microteaching'.


A variety of assessment methods may be used, including essays, presentations, assessed microteaching, coursework and exams.

Academic Support

You will be taught by academics in the University's School of English and Languages who are experienced English-language teachers and qualified ELT professionals.

Ours is a close-knit and varied community of people united by their passion for language. In addition to strong relationships between staff and students, we offer a secure, confidential personal tutoring system. The University's Additional Learning Support resources are provided through the Library & Learning Centre, which is in the same building as the School of English and Languages. We also have a Special Needs Representative.

School of English and Languages

Our MA TESOL is taught by academics in the School of English and Languages, which is a vibrant, multicultural, multidisciplinary centre of knowledge.

The School is based right at the heart of the University campus in our brand new language and translation teaching and research facilities. Academics in the School are world leaders in their fields, for example those carrying out research in the Centre for Translation Studies and the Surrey Morphology Group. We were recently named in the top 3 UK universities for languages and linguistics by The Guardian University Guide 2015 league table, behind only Oxford and Cambridge.

You will benefit from and contribute to our academic, professional and social activities, and there may be opportunities for you to observe some classes on our English-language programmes.


You couldn't find a better location in which to take the first step towards your TESOL career. The University of Surrey is in Guildford, a historic and pretty town in beautiful countryside just outside London in the thriving southeast region of the UK.

That means there are a huge number of language schools right on our doorstep, and a never-ending stream of people wanting to learn English in this area. It's ideal for networking, and puts a wealth of career opportunities right in front of you.

International travel

International travel is quick and easy: both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within easy reach. Central London is just 30 minutes away by train, so you'll have no trouble getting to the Eurostar Terminal at King's Cross St Pancras, and we're also close to the south coast and its ferry services to and from the continent.

Career Opportunities

There is almost no limit to where our MA TESOL could take you. English is one of the world's most widely used languages, and there is a demand for English Language teachers all over the world. A postgraduate year spent studying for an MA TESOL at Surrey will combine effectively with a teaching qualification as a perfect springboard for your career. If you are from overseas, gaining your masters here in the UK will give you extra prestige as you build your career.

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Programme leader

Mrs Cathy Howard

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 36 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

Entry Requirements

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English language requirements

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £6,000 £13,500
Part-time Sep 2016 £3,000 £6,800

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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