Everything you need to know...
What is the fee?
Home: £10,310 for the course
International/EU: £17,205 for the course
How long will I study?
Where will I study?
When do I start?
- Access teaching opportunities around the world.
- Study in the UK alongside others from across the globe.
- Draw on current research to enhance your understanding of English language teaching.
- Gain practical teaching skills through observing experienced teachers and teaching practice.
- Develop research skills and conduct an independent research project that can enable a pathway to doctoral studies.
On this course, you'll join a community of MA TESOL students at all stages of their careers, along with British Council-accredited English language teachers, experienced teacher educators, and leading researchers. You'll develop as a teacher and prepare for the next step in your career.
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
Our lectures are timetabled so that you can attend university just two days a week. This allows you to balance the course with work and other commitments. Typical topics include English language teaching methodologies, how second languages are learned, teacher development and language analysis.
All modules allow you to focus on specific areas in TESOL, such as English for Academic Purposes, Young Learners or Assessment, and the flexible research project encourages you to specialise in a research setting of your choice.
You learn through
- interactive workshops
- guided observations
- collaborative activities such as lesson planning, microteaching and group work
- guided reading
- participation in lectures
- collaboration with a research supervisor
Course leaders and tutors
Throughout the course, we support you in observations, reflections, planning and delivering teaching experiences. Whether you are new to teaching or have years of experience, our focus on teacher development will make a difference to your future career.
You can find help at every step of your journey with us. From guidance during registration and a thorough induction programme, to the excellent support from student services through Hallam Help and the award-winning International Student Experience team, you can always find assistance and encouragement.
Regular classes for MA TESOL students to improve academic writing and speaking focus on the language and skills needed for your assignments. You will be assigned an academic tutor for the year and all modules offer one-to-one support from module leaders.
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- private language centres
- international language schools
- further education institutions
- primary and high schools
Recent graduates have gone on to work as
- teacher educators
- PhD or EdD students
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
An honours degree or equivalent.
If English is not your first language we also require an IELTS score of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
Research Project (Ma)
Second Language Learning
Advancing Your Tesol Career
English For Specific Purposes In Theory And Practice
Teaching Practice In Tesol
Technology-Assisted Language Learning
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.
If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Teaching, education and childhood studies courses (PDF, 257.5KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
Student success story
"MA TESOL offers the perfect blend of theoretical learning and hands-on, practical work. The tutors are knowledgeable and supportive and there are lots of opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice."
Wendy Weng, MA TESOL