MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The MA TESOL welcomes students from all over the world to an exciting, practical, personalized degree programme.

Most English teachers are not native speakers of English.  Our graduates will work in different professional and cultural contexts. Our course leader, Dr Rhian Webb, is an internationally recognized expert on teaching English in today’s global contexts.

We work with students to respect and plan their specific professional goals, drawing on:

  • Optional placements with USW’s Centre for International English.
  • Supervised live teaching (“micro-teaching”) on students’ chosen topic, with immediate feedback from peers and staff. 
  • The choice between a live action research project, a research dissertation, or a professional portfolio as final assessment.
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A

This is a full-time, one-year course.  It runs over twelve months, and during this time students take 180 credits to qualify for an MA degree.

The course is designed to cover three themes:

Professional Development

  • Intercultural Communicative Competence
  • English teacher development
  • Teaching in diverse contexts

The International Classroom

  • Teaching TESOL language skills
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Micro teaching

Research Project and Methods

  • Planning a Research Project
  • Research Project 


The course is delivered on the Treforest Campus.  We have designed a block teaching model which means that most class time is in face-to-face immersive workshops.

The programme will feature guest lectures.  These lectures may be in the form of webinars, but students and lecturers will attend and participate together on classroom.


Assessment 100% coursework based – there are no exams.

Coursework is relevant to students’ careers and plans.


All students will be offered optional placement hours with the Centre for International English at the University of South Wales.  They receive a formal record of these placement hours.


Students have access to:

  • a dedicated TESOL collection of books and resources at the Learning Resources Centre
  • IT facilities


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

We require a minimum 2:2 Hons degree (or equivalent), preferably in a discipline related to English/Language/Literature/TESOL; however, strong candidates from broader subject areas (such as Business) will be considered on an individual basis. We will also consider applicants with a relevant teaching qualification or with relevant industry or teaching experience.


International English IELTS requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in any one component

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £10250

  • Full-time International:  £15850 

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Teaching English for specific purposes, for academic purposes, in relation to a specific academic discipline
  • Curriculum management, development or design

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.