MA Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) is a one year full-time, or two years part-time, programme for experienced language professionals that wish to develop an understanding of the teaching and learning of English for specific academic contexts.

This programme is particularly suitable for teachers, teacher trainers, language school directors, curriculum developers, inspectors, lecturers, materials writers, and people that have already had some involvement with specialist English teaching and learning.

MA Teaching English for Academic Purposes will give you a deeper understanding of the background, theories, practices and research in academic and professional English.

You will be ready to apply this knowledge to specific academic and professional situations, whether they are in the classroom, in course design, in evaluation, or in other academic and professional situations.

The programme will help you analyse the learning requirements of a group of language learners, and design, teach and evaluate a programme of study.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline We generally advise you to apply before the end of July.
Tuition fee
  • GBP 15000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6000 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Critical Study allows you to design and undertake a small-scale research project related to your own interests in the field of education.

Learning and Teaching in TESOL examines the approaches and principles that TESOL teachers can use to teach the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Investigating Language for TESOL provides you with the skills to describe language in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse, and considers how you can analyse learners' language to understand their language development.

Teaching Academic English will help you understand what distinguishes academic discourse from other kinds and so understand the kinds of 'literacies' - skills, knowledge and technical abilities - that tertiary level students need to have, and understand how English for Academic Purposes teaching can help learners acquire those skills.

Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom explores the use of corpora in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes. It will show you what kinds of corpora are available and how to use them to identify what language specific groups of learners need to learn.

Optional modules

You then choose one or two of the following modules.

  • Directed Study in Education
  • The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching
  • Teacher Education for TESOL
  • Materials Development for TESOL

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK government confirmed new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more


All of our MA courses require a good first degree in a relevant discipline.

  • Two years relevant experience. We consider applicants with alternative experience on an individual basis.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

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