Key information


MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Types of study

Full time


12 months full-time

Start date

September 2021

Entry requirements

Degree Requirements: Applicants should normally hold an approved first degree with at least second class honours (or equivalent) or an approved professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to a second class honours degree.

Teaching Experience: Applicants to the MA TESOL are not formally required to have prior teaching experience, although such experience is naturally considered useful, and can help in providing students with a more immediate and practical context when reflecting on the course content. All applicants accepted onto the MA TESOL with less than nine months’ full-time experience of English Language Teaching will be required to complete a 20-credit Teaching Practicum module in the second semester (those who are able to provide evidence of previous teaching experience can claim exemption from this).

All applicants should therefore include a full CV as part of their application. Applicants should also provide a sample of their academic writing in English. A Skype, telephone or face-to-face interview is normally required as part of the acceptance decision making process.

This master programme requires students to have a bachelors degree(or international equivalent) from a recognised institution at the same standard as UK university's 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent)

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Interview arrangements

All applicants must also complete an interview with the course admissions tutor.*applicants whose overall IELTS score at point of application is 0.5 band below the stipulated entry level but who have achieved IELTS 6.0 in writing, may, at the discretion of the admissions tutor, be offered an interview to gauge their general aptitude and suitability for taking part in the course. In such cases, applicants who perform well at interview may be offered a conditional offer of a place on the MA TESOL, subject to them either meeting the entry requirements by themselves or their successful completion of the UNNC Pre-Sessional course.

English language requirements

If English is not your native language, you are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 overall or above with a minimum of 6.0 in all elements, or TOEFL IBT 87 (no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in other elements), or an equivalent in other tests. If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our four- or six-week intensive English pre-sessional course at our Centre for English Language Education (CELE).

Course overview

The MA TESOL is suitable for all with a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching, or working in a related profession.

The MA TESOL will develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study.  You will meet expert tutors in the field of English language teaching (ELT), a major branch of applied linguistics, who have international reputations in their own area of research, and who are committed to providing the best quality study experience. 

The course is co-taught with highly experienced colleagues in the Centre for English Language Education, one of the largest English language teaching operations in the world.

Special features

Advantages of studying the MA TESOL at the University of Nottingham

  • whole course taught in English, with the aim to widen your international horizons.  
  • teaching informed by leading-edge research in the field.
  • internationally reputable and approachable tutors who are practicing language teachers and researchers
  • solid foundation in core areas of TESOL theory and practice
  • elective modules which reflect the latest in applied linguistics and language teacher education
  • stylish, modern, hi-tech learning environment in an internationally reputable university
  • lively, multi-cultural social environment  


The programme will help you:

  • Gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, theories and practices in the field of English language teaching
  • Acquire sound knowledge and understanding of language in context
  • Explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes
  • Develop understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice
  • Engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences among learners in their abilities and learning preferences
  • Appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching
  • Foster the ability to conduct academic research.

Course structure

Year 1

Core modules

Core Modules are compulsory for all taking the 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time courses

Applied Linguistics for TESOL (20 Credits)


Developments in Language Teaching Methodology (20 Credits)


The Language Learner and Language Learning (20 Credits)


Dissertation (60 Credits)


Elective modules

20 credits each and select three from the following

TESOL Observation and Practicum


English for Academic and Specific Purposes


Research Methods for Language Teachers


Enhancing Language Learning with Digital Technologies


Language Testing and Assessment


Teaching Language and Literature


Intercultural Communication


Corpus Linguistics


Detailed module information can be found through the  online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. 

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change. 

Careers and further study

Graduates may pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought- after by educational institutions. The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research at EdD and PhD level.

Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options, invite you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

Fees and funding


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically over 40% of our postgraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

More information

Please consult Study with us for details on entry requirements, scholarships and application procedures.       

Faculty Office of Humanities and Social Sciences

Room 321, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0226

International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505

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