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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (online)


The MSc TESOL (Online) has been relaunched for the academic year 2016/17.

Delivered completely online, but with the option of attending modules on-campus if you so wish, this newly drafted and improved programme will satisfy the needs of those who seek to gain a masters qualification whilst continuing to teach.

TESOL (online) at the University of Stirling will enhance your teaching skills and open up new opportunities for you to advance your career in a wide range of language teaching positions in the UK and overseas.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a taught postgraduate degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Study methods: Part-time, Online
  • Duration: 30 months (2 years modules, 6 months dissertation)
  • Start date:

Faculty of Social Sciences
Room 2T1
R G Bomont Building
University of Stirling
Scotland, UK

  1. You will gain a Master s level qualification in teaching from an Education centre for excellence that is ranked 9th in the UK, The Times Good University Guide, 2016.
  2. We specialise in training experienced teachers.
  3. The course offers an excellent balance between theory and practise using a range of innovative teaching methods that facilitate engagement with new and complex ideas.
  4. This online qualification is designed for those who wish to gain a Master s in TESOL that will fit around their professional and personal lifestyle
  5. You will be taught by professionals who have combined experience of living and teaching in all continents of the world

Course objectives

TESOL (online) at the University of Stirling provides an advanced training and professional qualification for people presently engaged in any area of the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. On completion, you should possess the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher.

What makes us different?

World-class library and teaching facilities

Life at Stirling

(60 credits at SCQF level 11)

*All students who wish to be awarded the Master’s (MSc) in TESOL are required to undertake a dissertation.

Students who take the CALL module (TESPD04) and complete the CALL Portfolio (TESP051) will graduate with the named award – MSc TESOL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)

Students who take the Corpora module (TESPD05) and complete a corpus-based dissertation (TESP050) will graduate with the named award – MSc TESOL (Corpus Linguistics)

Students who want MSc TESOL as their named degree can take either the CALL or the Corpus module but can choose to write their dissertation on anything TESOL related, not specifically CALL or Corpus.

Delivery and assessment

Delivery of modules is carried out online. Although not essential, should you wish to attend modules on-campus, this can be arranged. Learning and professional development is facilitated by regular guided group work tasks online. Progress is assessed by coursework assignments for each module and, for the MSc, the dissertation.

Recommended reading

Before the MSc TESOL course starts in September you may find it useful to do some preparatory reading, particularly if you have no background in language studies.

We recommend the books in the list below. You should find them useful for the particular Pathway you may follow.

For MSc in TESOL; MSc in TESOL and CALL; MSc in TESOL and Applied Linguistics:
Spiro, J. (2013). Changing Methodologies in TESOL: English Textbooks in TESOL

For MSc in TESOL and Applied Linguistics:
Parrott, M. (2010). Grammar for English Language Teachers (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

For MSc in TESOL and CALL:
Walker, A. and White, G. (2013). Technology Enhanced Language Learning: Connecting Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England

A further reading list will be provided to you once enrolled to the programme.

Modes of study

Part-time: 30 months (2 years modules, 6 months dissertation)

Study method

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