Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme is designed for people who are already experienced foreign or second language teachers who want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but 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 that informs practice. This is a course on which the importance of bridging the gap between theory and practice is valued and it is structured to reflect the fine balance between the two.

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.

The programme has a number of unique features. One of them is its focus on the multilingual and multicultural contexts of language learning and teaching. Another unique feature of the programme is that locally based teachers of languages other than English have the opportunity to share their experiences with students from all over world, thus gaining insight into a wide range of language teaching contexts internationally.

In addition, you will be studying alongside students on the MA TESOL programme, thus benefiting from an exchange of experiences and perspectives with teachers of English as well as a range of other languages.

Course Modules

You 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 independent literature review (worth 30 credits).

Note: please check with the programme office for availability of the modules listed.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

Core modules:

Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts;

Research Methods and Design .

Option modules:

International Management Communication;

Introduction to Applied Linguistics;

Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts;

Language, Culture and Communication;

Linguistic Description for Language Teaching;

Marketing Communications: An Introduction;

Second and Additional Language Acquisition;

Sociolinguistics .

Dissertation/Independent Literature Review:


Independent Literature Review .

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £7,950 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,450 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £3,975 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,225 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Usually an upper second-class honours degree or above, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or relevant professional training and language teaching experience.
  • You may be called to interview and you may also be asked for a lesson plan and post-lesson reflection of no more than 500 words.
  • You must also provide 1 academic reference.
  • If you have been awarded the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) in the last 5 years, you may apply for credit for 1 option module (please indicate this in your application). 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.