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Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)

Take your education further with a postgraduate qualification in teaching English. Learn the theory and practice behind teaching English to speakers of other languages and gain hands-on practice running a classroom.

At St Andrews, you can choose to specialise in a particular aspect of TESOL to support your career ambitions. Courses are flexible and can be taught part-time or by distance learning. You can also choose to complete a full degree or take single modules to boost your knowledge.

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Postgraduate taught

All TESOL courses are available to study as a Master of Science (MSc), a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). For information on the differences between these degrees, see the qualifications explained page. 

Students who have an interest in a particular field of TESOL can also choose one of five specialism to focus their studies on. Students who choose to study for a TESOL specialism degree follow a similar structure to the TESOL MSc degree and take modules that focus on their chosen specialism.

The five specialisms available are:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • English Medium Instruction
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Technology for Teaching

“Studying in the department at the University of St Andrews is definitely a rewarding experience. Teachers who are always ready to help, small classes where everyone has the opportunity to voice their opinions, walks along the beach when things stress you out...those memories of studying in this lovely seaside town will always stay in my mind. As a result of my studies in St Andrews, I now have a teaching post at a transnational university in China.”

Lijun Yin
- China