What will I learn?

About the course

This course is designed for experienced language teachers who want to become directors of studies/managers of ELT or language teaching and learning centres/institutions.

You will gain the knowledge and experience needed to carry out management and leadership duties, enhancing your career opportunities leading to a professional, postgraduate qualification.

You will gain a better understanding of management in education, and, in particular, in the international language teaching and learning (ELT and TEFL) industry, preparing you to play a leadership role in the management and coordination of ELT centres and language departments, second language materials development and language assessment.

Why choose this course?

  • Study on an interdisciplinary course that combines the fields of language teaching and learning, teacher training management and leadership in an international context.
  • Gain relevant and practical teaching experience and professional practical experience with a work placement programme where you will meet home and international students at various levels in their career, enabling you to work in an international environment and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • Develop your understanding of English language teaching and learning in order to operate successfully in a management and leadership role and support others.
  • Learn from experienced lecturers and researchers whose expertise and research lie in the areas of ELT, Language Teaching and Learning and Assessment, Materials Development for Language Teaching and Learning, and Leadership Management in Education. They are also involved in consultancy work with colleges and schools preparing for acceptance into accreditation schemes and inspections.
  • Enhance your professional thinking and develop your own personal initiative as you conduct research in a specific area related to the fields of ELT, Management and Leadership.
  • Benefit from close links with our Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), a world-famous centre in language testing and programme evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy underlines research and independent thinking, ability to make informed decisions and communicate these under time pressure. This is relevant to the intended learning outcomes of our programme. Therefore, we use a variety of different tasks as part of our assessment in order to also reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this course.

Which department am I in?

School of Education and English Language

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,275.00 (US$ 18,265) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

October 2021


Bedford Campus

Polhill Avenue,



MK41 9EA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have completed a four year degree from a regionally accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.5 or higher or a GMAT in excess of 580.

For international students

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. A good first degree, and/or a recognised TEFL/TESOL certificate and/or relevant teaching experience. We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience. For non-native speakers of English IELTS 6.0 overall, or equivalent, with no score lower than 5.5. TOEFL iBT - Listening: 17, Reading: 18, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.

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