MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is a one year (full time) or two year (half time) program for international students taught in English.

About the Program

The MA TESOL is suitable for all with a bachelor degree who wish to pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching, or working in a related profession.

The MA TESOL will develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study. You will meet expert tutors in the field of English language teaching (ELT), a major branch of applied linguistics, who have international reputations in their own area of research, and who are committed to providing the best quality study experience. The course is co-taught with highly experienced colleagues in the Centre for English Language Education, one of the largest English language teaching operations in the world.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  • Degree Requirements: Applicants should normally hold an approved first degree with at least second class honours (or equivalent) or an approved professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to a second class honours degree.
  • Teaching Experience: Applicants normally need a minimum of nine months’ full-time classroom or online English language teaching experience. Consideration will also be given to applicants who can demonstrate that their first degree included English language teaching methodology components, or that they have attended a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course and have subsequently gained classroom or online English teaching experience, e.g. as an intern.

Applicants should include a CV and a sample of their academic writing in English with their application. A Skype or face-to-face interview is normally required as part of the acceptance decision making process.

  • Language Requirements: If English is not your native language, you are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 overall or above with a minimum of 6.0 in all elements, or TOEFL IBT 87 (no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in other elements), or an equivalent in other tests. If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our four- or six-week intensive English pre-sessional course at our Centre for English Language Education (CELE).

Application Deadline

May 31st


Core Modules (20 credits each):

  • Applied Linguistics for TESOL
  • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology
  • The Language Learner and Language Learning
  • Dissertation (compulsory for all taking the 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time courses)

Elective Modules (20 credits each) (Select three from the following):

  • TESOL Observation and Practicum (compulsory for those without real classroom teaching experience)
  • English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP and ESP)
  • Research Methods for Language Teachers
  • Enhancing Language Learning with Digital Technologies
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Teaching Language and Literature
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Corpus Linguistics

Tuition Fees

International applicants with 9 months or more work experience – 12-month course RMB 90,000

International applicants with 9 months or more teaching experience – 24-month part-time course RMB 45,000 per annum


The University has several buildings designated for international students, building 11, 18 and 20. All rooms are fully furnished and equipped with air conditioning and a telephone and computer point; enabling students to make and receive telephone calls and access the University’s data network from their bedrooms. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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