Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Distance Learning with Optional Specialism (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

University of St Andrews
2-5 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
St Andrews
September 2023

About this program

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - with optional specialism (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

These courses provide the opportunity to integrate the theory and practice of teaching English to speakers of other languages. They are designed to be useful to both experienced teachers and those considering a career in English language teaching.

As a distance learning course, you will have the flexibility to select modules of interest and of benefit to your future career, as well as interact online with students in St Andrews and around the world.

Students who have an interest in a particular field of TESOL can also choose one of five specialisms to focus their studies on, and graduate with a TESOL degree in that specialism.

Admission requirements

Typically, you should have one of the following:

  • A 2.1 Honours degree or 3.3/4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is in any discipline. Applications are welcomed from all education systems. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • Significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning (such as professional qualifications or certifications).

English language requirements

You will need to be proficient in the English language. Information about English language entry requirements for these programmes is available on the postgraduate English language requirements page.

Applicants who have not met English language entry requirements at the point of application may be made offers that are conditional on these requirements being met before enrolment. Offer-holders may then use the University’s Academic English Pre-sessional courses to meet English language requirements.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the personal statement, and supporting documents.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory modules (for MSc and PGDip)

  • Action Research for Teachers
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Linguistics for Language Teachers
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching and Researching

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Master of Science (MSc)

The MSc requires you to take eightmodules and complete a 15,000-word dissertation. Thisis a part-time course that you can complete between two and five years.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

The PGDip requires you to takeeight modules. Those on the PGDip donotundertake a dissertation.Thisis apart-time course that you can complete between two and four years.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

The PGCert requires you to take four modules of your choosing. Those on the PGCert donotundertake a dissertation. Thisis apart-time course that you can completebetween one and two years.

These flexible courses allowyou to choose the path that best suits your ambitions. You can:

  • Achieveeither an MSc, PGDip or PGCert qualification (see information below).
  • Study 'on campus' in St. Andrews or online through distance learning.
  • Start in either September or January.

You will take a variety of taught modules over the length of the programme. The modules are delivered in a variety of ways such as:

  • recorded lectures
  • recorded mini-lectures
  • online chatrooms
  • podcasts
  • guided writing
  • webinars
  • intensive feedback sessions on your work.


  • MSc:£11,120
  • PGDip:£7,410
  • PGCert:£3,465

Career paths

TESOL graduates are equipped with a range of skills and experiences which allow them to take on a variety of roles. The majority of TESOL students work within education, either as teachers or lecturers, as researchers, or as policymakers. Other graduates work in publishing, journalism and management.

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KY16 9AX St Andrews

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