MEd TESOL Intensive Summer Programme (Part-Time) 2018/19 entry

Duration Part time 3 years
  • Education
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date July


The University of Exeter is the only UK university to offer a face-to-face Summer Intensive MEd TESOL.

The programme is aimed at teachers of all education levels hoping to further develop their TESOL training. 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.

It is a three year programme. At the beginning of the first and second year you attend a one month intensive course during July in Exeter. Then you have the third year to write up your thesis which is based on a research study. 

The programme provides you with a theoretical overview of key aspects of TESOL; an introduction to educational research; and an understanding of how to conduct research in the field of TESOL. It also allows you to specialise in optional modules of your choice and to enhance your opportunities for career progression.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a broad term, encompassing a number of other terms related to the various contexts in which English is taught around the world. These include:

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), which refers specifically to the teaching of English in countries where it is not an official language
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), which refers to those contexts where English is acquired as a second language, in addition to a first language, as is the case where English is used as the language of government, for example, or education
  • TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language).

When I discovered the Summer Intensive MEd TESOL at the University of Exeter, I was impressed to see that here was a course which matched my needs: face to face rather than screen tuition; almost full flexibility in the choice of modules; and attendance during the summer holidays so I did not need to take time off from teaching. Almost three years later, I can say that I have enjoyed everything about the programme and would recommend this course of study to any like-minded professionals.

When I complete my MEd TESOL I intend to embark upon the EdD in TESOL: another unique opportunity offered by the University of Exeter.

Helen Absalom, MEd TESOL.

Programme structure 2018/19

During the programme you will develop your understanding of theoretical issues in language teaching and the implications of these for classroom practice.

Compulsory modules

EFPM266Principles of Language Learning for TESOL 30
EFPM267Language Awareness for TESOL 30
EFPM329Preparing for TESOL enquiry and dissertation60

Other modules are optional.

You will typically undertake 60 credits of taught modules each summer. We offer a different menu of modules each summer and at the start of the programme you will receive individual guidance from a tutor to help select the modules which best suit your own professional needs and interests.

You will return home to complete assignments for your summer modules and submit these by Spring of the following year.

With the guidance of a personal supervisor, you will typically complete your dissertation off campus within three years of the start of the programme.

Optional modules

These modules are taken in either year 1 or year 2

For 2016 entry:

Year 1 modules are:

Summer School 3 - 28 July 2017

EFPM835Foreign Language Testing and Assessment 15
EFPM313Issues in English Language Teaching15
EFPM310Developing Materials for TESOL 15
EFPM269Developing Language Teachers 15

Year 2 modules are:

Summer School dates tbc

EFPM268Developing an Appropriate Language Teaching Methodology 15
EFPM787Teaching English to Young Learners 15
EFPM837Teaching and Researching English for Academic Purposes 15
EFPM311Principles & Practices of Curriculum Development & Syllabus Design15
EFPM292Bilingual and multilingual perspectives on language learning and teaching15

The Dissertation can be started after the second summer school and must be completed before the end of your third year.

EFPM329MEd Dissertation 60

You can also choose to leave the programme obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate when you gain 60 credits in one year. You could also leave obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma when you have gained 120 credits but have not done the Masters dissertation.

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.

Learning and teaching

We take great care to provide you with support for your studies. All students have access to module tutors via email as well as face-to-face tutorials during the taught modules.

Assignments vary from module to module and involve a variety of assessment methods, including written essays and oral presentations.  More information can be found on the specific module descriptions.

You will be taught by a team of highly experienced TESOL educators who have worked in a wide range of countries, including China, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Spain and the UK.

Dr Susan Riley: Testing, Management and Leadership, Second Language Acquisition, Writing
Dr Salah Troudi: Curriculum in TESOL, CALL & Blended Learning, Critical Applied Linguistics, TESOL Research Methodologies, Language Policies, Medium of Instruction, Education in the Arab World
Dr Li Li: Teacher Education (Cognition & Identity), Sociocultural Theory & Second Language Learning, Classroom Discourse, Research Methodology, New Technologies in Language Classrooms, Language Awareness
Dr Phillip Durrant: Second language vocabulary learning, English for Academic Purposes, Corpus Linguistics. 
Dr Gabi Meier: Language Education and Social Cohesion, Bilingual Education, Multilingual Language Learning, Language Learning During Residences Abroad.
Dr Hania Dvorak-SalterCulture and Identity in language learning; EAP; Course and Programme Evaluation; Teaching Young Learners; Discourse Analysis.
Dr Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh: Academic Writing/Genres; English for Academic Purposes; Corpus-based Contrastive Rhetoric; Intercultural Communications; Reading Comprehension; Reading-Writing Interface. 

If you have any questions concerning accommodation and your application, please email Sue Riley the course coordinator, who will be happy to help.

While the students are here they have frequent contact with staff face to face. When they go back home we are in contact via email. We support them while they are doing their assignments, we send them encouraging emails to keep them going and they can of course come back here for a few days, for a week especially when they are doing their dissertation to meet up with us again.

Sue Riley, Co-ordinator for MEd TESOL Summer Intensive Programme .


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.

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

In addition, depending on the modules taken, completion of the MEd in TESOL can help you 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 course has improved my practical and theoretical knowledge of teaching English to speakers of other languages and feedback from my students and colleagues has shown me I am becoming more skilled as a teacher, which has been great. As a result, I have been given opportunities to design and implement independent learning courses and have co-chaired alternative assessment committees. I feel it is also worth mentioning the financial rewards I have experienced as a result of studying; the MEd was a precondition for extending my contract, but it has also resulted in me moving through the salary bands as I have become more experienced and qualified.

Elizabeth Noel, English teacher at the Canadian University of Dubai in the U.A.E.

Entry requirements 2018/19

Each application is considered on an individual basis to determine suitability. However, applicants are typically expected to have a first degree in language or education, a teaching qualification, and a minimum of two years full-time relevant teaching experience.

*Please note: If you are applying from overseas, you will only require a Short Term Study visa. For more information, please visit our Visa support section of the website.

Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL)

If you have previously completed a DELTA award, you can carry forward a maximum of 60-credits to the programme. This would mean a reduction in fees and it may also be possible to complete the taught part of the programme in one year rather than two. Please contact Sue Riley ( for further information.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding 2018/19

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

Fees are payable over two summers. For students who started in summer 2016, we anticipate fees will be similar in 2017 with a possible small inflationary increase.

Pro-rata fees for Summer 2017 starters

  • UK/EU: £3,500
  • International: £8,200

Pro-rata fees for Summer 2017 returners

  • UK/EU: To be confirmed
  • International: To be confirmed

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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 2018.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal address

Graduate School of Education
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
United Kingdom

Postgraduate Taught admissions

For all enquiries relating to this programme, please contact:

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192

Where to find us

The Graduate School of Education is located on the University's St Luke's Campus. For information on how to find us, please see our directions to St Luke's Campus and the St Luke's Campus map.

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