Postgraduate taught

MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year September 2020

Programme Director Dr Li Li
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Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in language or education – other qualifications and experience may be accepted

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Education


  • Aimed at qualified teachers and others who work in TESOL at either primary, secondary or tertiary levels in different educational contexts around the world
  • We offer two routes depending one for existing teaching practitioners seeking to develop their professional skills and one for those wanting to enter a career in language teaching
  • You will benefit from small class sizes and working closely with our academic staff and your fellow students
  • You’ll join a multicultural and multilingual environment with students from across the world such as China, Mexico, USA, South Korea, Kapan and Thailand
  • We offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by undertaking visits to local language schools in Exeter

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Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in language or in education. However, the programme has been designed for students from a wide range of first degree backgrounds, enabling them to broaden their knowledge in this field. Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

The MEd TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. At Exeter, depending on the modules taken, completion of the MEd TESOL can help you to move into new areas within TESOL such as teacher education and training, English for special purposes, materials development and the teaching of English to young learners.

The programme will:

  • develop and extend your understanding of key aspects of linguistics and learning theory and their influence on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages
  • enable you to make informed professional decisions regarding language teaching in the workplace and justify these to others
  • enable you to select, adapt and design materials and activities for language teaching
  • enable you to investigate and research aspects of TESOL in ways that will support continuing development and practice as a foreign language teaching professional

What is the difference between a Master of Education, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate?

To gain an MEd you must complete 180 credits of specified modules.

However, you may exit the programme early before completing 180 credits and still receive an award. These alternative awards are:

  • If exiting the programme after completing 60 credits you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).
  • If exiting the programme after completing 120 credits you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


UK/EU fees per year


  • £8,750 full time
  • £4,375 part time


  • £5,700 full time
  • £2,850 part time


  • £2,900 full time
  • £1,450 part time

International fees per year


  • £18,500 full time


  • £12,300 full time
  • £6,150 part time


  • £6,200 full time
  • £3,100 part time

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our Masters programmes.


A Masters in TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. In particular it is often seen as an important entry qualification for educators who want to work at University level.

In addition, depending on the modules taken, completing the MEd TESOL can help you move into new areas such as:

  • teacher education and training
  • English for special purposes
  • materials development
  • teaching English to young learners

Our MEd also offers excellent preparation for progression to PhD or professional doctorate (EdD).

Career support

We have a good track record of graduate employment, and employers visit the University when recruiting. The EF recruitment team have visited the University to talk to our TESOL students about teaching and learning English in Chinese private language organisations, and conducted on-campus interviews. We also regularly receive details of job opportunities from Turkish and Chinese universities who are looking for high-quality language teachers.

Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.

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