MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in TESOL is an internationally recognised qualification in the field of English language education.
  • develops the professional competences essential to work in leadership positions within the field
  • enables participants critically investigate aspects of own classroom practice in a supportive and developmental environment
  • introduces participants to a wide range of academic and professional networks within the field of TESOL
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Careers & Employability

Graduates of the programme aim to apply for senior positions within TESOL – posts of responsibility such as Academic Directors, teacher trainers, materials designers, examiners, senior teachers, course designers and beyond. The international field of TESOL continues to expand and there are exciting opportunities for graduates with advanced qualifications.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is suitable for teachers of English as a second, foreign or additional language who have an appropriate initial teaching qualification and a minimum of one year relevant teaching experience. Applicants should have a minimum of C1 level English.

  • Apply a critical reflection to a range of language teaching, learning and assessment approaches and adopt theory into practice.
  • Demonstrate an evidence based understanding of teaching, learning and assessment in TESOL.
  • Develop a practical approach to research planning and writing skills.
  • Develop advanced research skills in an area of expertise (language teaching or assessment).
  • Develop confidence and competence in engaging in and networking with the professional community via conference presentations and workshops.
  • Develop leadership competencies in teaching, curriculum design, assessment, management, teacher development or materials design.
  • Foster a deeper understanding of the English language and the classroom implications of teaching applied language skills.
  • Integrate a range of language teaching, learning and assessment technologies to enhance their students' learning experience.

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Z155) Full Time
nonEU    fee per year - € 20500

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Z259) Part Time
nonEU    fee per year - € 10250

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Applicants should hold a primary degree (at least 2nd class honours or equivalent, in any discipline), have an appropriate initial training qualification in TESOL, and have a minimum of one years’ relevant teaching experience in Ireland or 
overseas. The number of places on the course is strictly limited and selection is based on written application and interview. Please note, in order to teach in Ireland after your course, your initial TESOL qualification should be accredited or recognised by ACELS.

  • Applicants, whose first language is not English, should have an overall band of 7.0 in IELTS (with a 7.0 in listening and writing components).

"I would like to thank all of the MA TESOL lecturers for their support during the course of the modules and the final thesis, and also everyone at the ALC who helped me. This course allowed me to explore the theoretical underpinnings of English language teaching and link it directly to my experience in the classroom. As an ESL teacher, I found that it really helped me to develop my knowledge and reflect on good practice. I was quite influenced by the CLT approach and would like to apply it in my future teaching career in China."‌ 

May - MA TESOL student 2018/2019

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The following entry routes are available:

1 Years
Full Time
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised