Teaching English Language as a Foreign Language, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)


The MA TEFL programme is an introductory MA programme for newcomers to the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL), offering a strong practical orientation. It provides Masters level grounding for applicants who have less than two years' language teaching experience (see our MA TESOL programme for more experienced applicants).

This MA TEFL programme offers both practical and theoretical work across the main areas of language teaching, such as pronunciation, grammar, discourse, the four skills, and classroom management. MA TEFL students have the opportunity for more in-depth study of topics such as second language acquisition, and the teaching of grammar, and can also select modules from the wide range on offer across the Department. The programme focuses on EFL, but is also relevant to the teaching of other foreign languages.

Lancaster ELT is well-known around the world for the excellence of its MA training. Many Lancaster MA TEFL graduates have secured excellent early-career English language teaching positions in many parts of the world, and some have proceeded directly to doctoral study. See what some of our former students say about the programme, and learn more about studying ELT at Lancaster.

  • To provide an academically-grounded introduction to the theory and practice of foreign language teaching.
  • To develop ability in critically choosing, using and evaluating different foreign language teaching materials, procedures and approaches.
  • To foster skills in undertaking independent investigation of areas of foreign language classrooms, so as to develop an evidence-based approach to language teaching.


Lancaster University is ranked in the top one percent of universities in the world and is listed at 145 in the Times Higher Education international table.

The growing reputation of Lancaster is reflected by high rankings year on year in each of the UK's major university league tables - The Times/Sunday Times (12th), the Guardian (11th) theComplete University Guide (11th) and the THE Student Experience Survey (10th).

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Now approaching our 50th year, we're proud of our international reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research, and of the support and positive feedback that we receive from our students.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Second Language Acquisition (distance)
  • Trends and Issues in Language Teaching Methodology (distance)
  • Pedagogical Grammar (distance)
  • Second Language Classroom Research (distance)
  • Curriculum Design and Teacher Development
  • Dissertation for MA TESOL (Distance) - 80 credits

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Academic: upper-second class degree or higher, in a relevant specialism (language studies or linguistics-oriented ones preferred)
  • Foreign language teaching experience: zero-less than 3 years
  • English language level: minimum IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in Reading and Writing)/ paper-based TOEFL 580/ CBT 237/ or equivalent

Entry Requirements for DL: A good second class honours degree, or its equivalent, plus two years full-time teaching experience

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 10320 International
  • GBP 6500 EU/EEA


To help with study and living costs, Lancaster University offers postgraduates a range of scholarship, studentships and bursaries.

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We offer a range of scholarships awarded directly through our faculties and departments. The majority of these scholarships offer support towards fees, although some may also contribute towards living costs.

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