Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The Grad Dip 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

This programme is suitable for teachers of English as a second, foreign or additional language who have 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 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.

GradDip TESOL (Z173) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6860
nonEU    fee per year - € 15070

***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 an honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum second class honours or international equivalence.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of one years’ relevant teaching experience in Ireland or overseas.
  • 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

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip TESOL FT (Z173)
1 Years
Full Time

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