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What will I learn?

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, part-time, or part-time via distance learning – 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.

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

If you choose to study this course via distance learning, you'll follow the same course structure as the full-time and part-time options, but without the necessity to attend lectures and seminars on campus.

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Languages and Area Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,900.00 (US$ 18,108) per year
Additional cost may apply. The fees mentioned is for Jan 2020 entry.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2021

Venue

University of Portsmouth

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,

Portsmouth,

PO1 2UP, England

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
£2,330.00 (US$ 3,035) per year
Tuition fees are subject to annual increase. Additional cost may apply. The fees mentioned is for Jan 2020 entry.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0.

For international students

A good honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience. If you do not have relevant teaching experience, you can still apply for our campus programme, and you will study an additional non-credit bearing module The Classroom Practice of TESOL at no additional cost. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

The University of Portsmouth is one of the top 40 UK universities (Guardian University Guide).

  • 1 of top 100 young universities in the world (THE)
  • 88% student satisfaction with the University (NSS 2017)
  • ‘Gold’ award in Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Invested GBP150m in last 10 years to upgrade amenities