Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of Edinburgh


Holyrood Campus


Suitable for both experienced teachers and newcomers to the field, this Master's degree is designed for students who plan to teach English as a second, foreign or additional language (EFL, ESL, TESOL) in the UK or internationally, as well as students who plan to work or do research in the contexts of teacher education, teacher training, management, course design, materials development, policy design, language analysis and/or assessment.

This programme combines theory and practice to equip you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages. It allows you to upgrade your knowledge of language, methodology and curriculum design and shows you how to focus on the needs of the learner.

You will learn to design, implement and evaluate substantial research or development tasks, and adapt your planning and teaching approaches to changing contexts and circumstances.

You will graduate with greater professional knowledge and enhanced confidence in your ability to teach the English language to any student.

You can exit after 1-2 years with PgCert Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

You can exit after 1-4 years with PgDip Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Previous teaching experience is not required.

Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant experience. Contact the university to check.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 - 6 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Education and Sport (Moray House School of Education)

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other