TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages MEd

Students and teacher in class

This programme is for the mid-career professional and covers contemporary issues in education. The programme's specific focus is on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) with a special emphasis on how theory relates to practice.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • This programme draws on the combined experience of the School of Education and the the University's long established English for Academic Study unit to deliver a strong research practice based degree.
  • You will be encouraged to take a broader view of the links between classroom activity and approaches to programme design, teacher training, management and policy decisions.
  • If you are looking for the necessary training to begin your career teaching English to speakers of other languages, you will be interested in the MSc TESOL.

Programme structure

You will take three core and three optional courses. You will also have the opportunity to investigate and produce a dissertation on an issue relevant to your professional development and teaching context.

Core courses

  • Language learning and applications to the classroom
  • Descriptions of language and applications to the classroom 
  • Introduction to educational and social research.

Optional courses

  • Advanced educational research
  • Course design and practice in English Language Teaching
  • Developing literacy
  • Educational management and leadership 
  • Highly able pupils
  • Language proficiency assessment and feedback
  • Modern educational thought
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties 
  • Teaching English for academic purposes
  • Which English? Sociolinguistics and language teaching.

Background and aims

This one-year taught programme covers contemporary issues in education and central concerns of English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at all educational levels.  There is a specific emphasis on how theory relates to practice. Students are encouraged to take a broader view of the links between classroom activity and approaches to programme design, teacher training, management and policy decisions.

The programme is delivered by the English for Academic Study unit and the School of Education, which includes UK and international students from different countries and subject disciplines.

Is this programme for you? 

This programme is for any teacher of English Language wishing to develop their professional expertise and enquiry skills, but it is primarily aimed at those with more than two years’ experience. Please note: This is not a teaching qualification in Scotland.

What will you get from this programme? 

An overview of contemporary issues in Education and English Language Teaching/Applied Linguistics;

  • familiarity with the issues currently at the forefront of research in English Language Teaching/Applied Linguistics;
  • an understanding of how theory relates to practice;
  • a broader view of the links between classroom activity and approaches to programme design, teacher training and management decisions;
  • comprehensive skills to conduct research in the field;
  • the opportunity to extend your professional experience by working with others from different educational and language backgrounds. 

Introductory Reading 

If you have a chance to do some reading before beginning your programme, any one or more of the following books will be useful as background:-

  • Johnson, K. (2001) An introduction to foreign language learning and teaching. Longman

an introduction to learning a second language, for example

  • Lightbown, P.M. & Spada, N. 1999. How languages are Learned. Oxford University Press
  • Saville-Troike, M. 2006. Introducing Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge University Press

an introduction to principles underlying teaching and learning a second language, for example

  • Richards, J.C. & & Rodgers, T.S. 2001. Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press (especially parts I and III)

an introduction to descriptions of language, for example

  • Yule, G. 2006. The study of Language. Cambridge University Press  

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) 

Students who have the DELTA or Trinity Diploma in English Language Teaching may apply for accreditation for prior learning for Language Learning and Applications to the Classroom, a core course of Semester 1.

What our students say

"Studying at the University of Glasgow embraces everything what students desire; interesting courses conducted by the highest level lecturers, various cultural events in the city that never sleeps and opportunities to study in a unique multicultural environment."

"Studying ELT in the University of Glasgow has benefited me in many respects. On the one hand it has updated me with the latest research conducted in the field of applied linguistics and on the other hand it has helped me to understand and apply those techniques in our assignments. The friendly environment, supporting and encouraging teachers, resourceful library and the beautiful city are really some of the major advantages I have had being here as an international student."
Ali Liquat Channa

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions as an English language teacher, course designer, test designer, course director and teacher educator.

Entry requirements

You should have a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (GPA 3.0 or above) in English, education or similar subject OR ordinary degree, teaching qualification, CELTA (or equivalent). Students are also required to have 2 years work experience on top of their qualifications. We can also consider applications from graduates from other fields who have substantial TESOL experience and an evidenced commitment to professional development.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall;  no sub-test less than 62
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18


Home and EU
Full time fee£7250
Part time 20 credits£806
Full time fee£16000

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MEd. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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