Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme is designed for people who are already experienced foreign or second language teachers and who want to develop their career opportunities, or for those with less experience but with a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. The programme will develop both your understanding of classroom practice and of key areas of research which informs that practice. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching. If you are (or intend to be) responsible for the professional development of colleagues, you will be equipped to identify and put into practice a range of activities for fostering growth and development.

Course Modules

You will take 2 core modules (worth 30 credits each) and 2 or 3 option modules (worth 30 credits each), and complete a 12,000'15,000'word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500'5000'word critical review. Core modules: Core issues in language teaching and TESOL; research methods and design. Option modules: International management communication; introduction to applied linguistics; issues in translation; language, culture and communication; linguistic analysis; marketing communications: An introduction; professional and business communication; psycholinguistics of second language acquisition and bilingualism; sociolinguistics.

Course Additional Entry

Normally an upper second'Class Conours degree or above (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or relevant professional training and language teaching experience. An interview may be required. You may also be asked for a lesson plan and post'lesson reflection of no more than 500 words. You must provide 2 references, at least one of which should be an academic reference. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees