Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

If you’re an experienced TESOL professional, this programme will build on your knowledge and skills to explore how people learn languages and how English can be taught in different contexts.

The main difference between this programme and the MA TESOL is that on the MEd, the critical study must have a practical orientation, focusing on a professional issue in TESOL education and allowing you to apply what you’ve learned to real-life problems.

You’ll also study the approaches and principles underlying effective TESOL teaching, develop your skills in describing language in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse and think about how you can analyse a learner’s language to understand their proficiency. Optional modules will allow you to explore topics that suit your interests and career plans.

Taught by highly experienced TESOL professionals in one of the UK’s biggest language education departments, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to advance your career in TESOL education.

The Language Education team in the School of Education is nationally and internationally recognised for its range of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and consultancy work in TESOL, ELT, EFL, ESOL, EAL, Modern Foreign Languages, and Applied Linguistics.

We’re one of the largest Language Education teams in the UK. As education practitioners, we have a wide range of experience of teaching and teacher education work in many contexts in the UK and around the world. As researchers, we have a broad range of expertise across the discipline, with ongoing research projects in, for example, teacher development, language use in migrant communities, learning with ICT, motivation to learn, academic writing, and IELTS preparation courses.

This is a comprehensive programme that will allow you to develop both academically and professionally.

In Semester One you’ll deepen your understanding of the foundations of TESOL – you’ll focus on how people learn languages, how to describe and explain language to learners and the approaches you can take to teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

In Semester Two you’ll expand your knowledge of more specialist areas. You’ll choose from a range of optional modules to suit your own interests and professional contexts, such as developing TESOL materials, teaching young learners or assessing language learning. Alternatively you could choose modules from other areas of the School’s provision, for instance in areas such as digital learning, international educational management and theories of childhood and youth.

In the final part of the year, you’ll use your newly-acquired knowledge and skills to carry out a small-scale piece of research. Your critical study can be related to your own interests within the field of education – as a condition of the MEd programme, it needs to be practically focused and respond to a real-life professional issue in TESOL education. To support your work on the project, you will take a non-assessed research methods course, while help with your academic writing is available throughout the year.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take three core modules overall, including your critical study. You’ll then choose 60 credits from the TESOL options below. Alternatively, you can select 30 credits from these modules and then choose another 30 credits from the other options offered across the School of Education.

Compulsory modulesOptional modules
- Critical Study
- Learning and Teaching in TESOL
- Investigating Language for TESOL
- Directed Study in Education 1
- Technology Enhanced Language Learning
- The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning
- Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
- Grammar, Learning and Teaching
- Teaching Academic English
- Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom
- Teacher Education for TESOL
- The TESOL curriculum and TESOL change
- Assessing Language Learning
- Materials Development for TESOL
- Teaching Languages to Young Learners

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MEd in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll generally have around 8-10 hours of classes per week including seminars, tutorials and lectures. However, independent study is an important aspect of this programme, either alone or in a group, since it allows you to develop key research, analysis and communication skills and develop your own ideas.


Most of our modules are assessed through written assignments, which you’ll choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you’ll be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand, and we offer other forms of support as well.

Entry requirements

2 years relevant experience. We will consider applicants with alternative experience on an individual basis.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Application deadlines

We generally advise you to apply before the end of July.

Documents and information you need

A copy of your degree certificate or equivalent and transcripts

Two references

Evidence of your English language qualifications ifs English is not your first language

A personal statement of 750-1,000 words explaining how you would be suited to the programme.


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If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £6,000

International: £15,000

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out if you can get help at Postgraduate funding.

Career opportunities

Students who graduate from this programme frequently find that new career opportunities open up for them, either in their home contexts or in new international settings.

For example, some graduates start work in teacher training, or in materials writing and curriculum design. Others have started up their own private language teaching business, or moved from school to university teaching.

Students who have done particularly well on the programme are also encouraged to consider doctoral level study, with a view to an academic career. Those who do return to their original classrooms often find that bring fresh perspectives to bear, making their work more rewarding and effective.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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