Postgraduate course

Applied Linguistics: TESOL MA

Become qualified to teach English as a second language anywhere in the world.

Whether you are already a qualified teacher of English to speakers of other languages and would like to widen your knowledge or if you aspire to work in this exciting field in the future then this is the programme for you. You will reflect on your own experiences of teaching and learning whilst approaching the process from new and emerging perspectives.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

Whatever experience you bring to the programme, our aim is to assist you in the development of your professional practice and further your career in English language teaching at home or overseas. Throughout the programme, you will critically reflect on the theories and research central to teaching English as an additional language. By considering the roles of translators, speech and language therapists, literacy teachers and forensic linguistics you will contextualise your own learning and teaching.

Attracting students from across the world, the programme will also provide you with the opportunity to increase cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of teaching and learning contexts to enhance your prospects globally upon graduation. We also use online forums to provide practical opportunities for interaction with language professionals around the world.

You will be taught by our expert staff, including the authors of a ground-breaking new introduction to applied linguistics (Hall, Smith & Wicaksono, 2011) and we will consistently encourage you to present and publish your findings to the English language teaching and applied linguistics community during your time with us.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Themes in Applied Linguistics (30 credits) 
  • Second Language Acquisition (30 credits)
  • Theory and Practice in Language Teaching (30 credits) 
  • Research in Language and Linguistics (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

Entry requirements


Candidates for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA programme must normally possess:

  • A degree (normally 2.2 or above) of an approved university or institution.
  • An equivalent qualification acceptable to York St John University.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in the individual components, or equivalent (international students).


Career outcomes

This Masters degree in Applied Linguistics: TESOL qualifies you to teach English as a foreign or second language anywhere in the world (specific requirements will vary between schools and countries).

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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