Degree and experience
Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2:2 level or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject area, for example English language, literature, education, foreign languages and media.
Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in relevant areas or some professional experience in fields such as teaching, teacher education, interpreting, journalism, cultural, social and educational policy, publishing and materials writing. These applicants may be required to provide written evidence (for example, an assignment from a training course or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing.
All applicants are required to have a minimum of 12 months full-time, or 24 months part-time experience teaching English as a second, foreign or other language.
Credit towards the MA (up to 60 credits) can be given to applicants who have completed our own Diploma in TESOL (level 7), the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) or Trinity’s Diploma in TESOL.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through our Extended Masters programme.
The admissions team will look at references for evidence of preparedness to undertake level 7 study, in particular commitment to sustained academic work. Candidates may also be required to attend an interview. The interview will focus on the candidate’s potential to benefit from and contribute to the programme of study. Candidates from overseas, or those living at some distance from Brighton, may choose to have a telephone or Skype interview.