M.A. English, Globalization and Language Policy

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • Not specified
  • English
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) | London, United Kingdom
This masters degree is for individuals working in English language education who are concerned with teaching, policy or research, such as teachers of English as a foreign or second language (EFL, ESL, ESOL), leaders in language provision, or other professionals concerned with the use of English in diverse world contexts.

Description of English, Globalization and Language Policy


This masters degree will:

  • increase your understanding of key concepts and issues related to world Englishes and English language education globally
  • provide insight into a wide range of perspectives on these issues in social, theoretical and educational terms
  • develop your capacity to analyse, evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary sources
  • help you to design research on world Englishes
  • develop your aptitude for sustained and independent argument about world Englishes and English language education.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • discuss and debate issues related to world Englishes and English language education worldwide
  • reflect on your own work in the light of current theory and research in world Englishes and English language education
  • plan new possibilities for professional activity in the future.

Interested in finding out more? Why not come along to our open evening, Tuesday 11 September, 5pm-7pm in central London? For further information and to book your place, please visit ioe.ac.uk/open

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline EEA Sep 14
Tuition fee

Please see ioe.ac.uk for up-to-date fees and funding information

Not specified
Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Core topics

- English in diverse world contexts

- Sociolinguistics and language in society

Related topics

- Discourse, society and culture

- Multilingual and multicultural London

- Issues and options in language teacher development

- The second language learning experience

- Technology and language teaching and learning

- Learning, education and development

- Education and development in Asia

- Educational traditions and systems in Europe

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of approximately 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face daytime and evening sessions

Length of programme

One year full-time or two years part-time

English Language Requirements

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TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for English, Globalization and Language Policy

A good first degree or equivalent and appropriate teaching and/or management experience in the provision of English teaching in a world context. Candidates with less experience should have an outstanding academic record and should demonstrate relevant insight into global and/or culturally diverse aspects of English and English language education.

Proficiency in English requirements

For all masters programmes, if your first language is not English, the Institute will need proof of your proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0 - 6.0 writing, 6.5 reading; TOEFL 650 - paper, 280 - computer, 114 - internet; or Cambridge Certificate in the Proficiency of English Grade A or B).


Overseas students made an offer of a place will require sufficient time to gain a visa to study in the UK. We advise early application at least six weeks prior to the start of the programme. If your application is received later than this we will usually consider it for the next available entry point.

Work Experience for English, Globalization and Language Policy

No work experience is required.

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United Kingdom The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is ranked first in the world for education (QS World University Ranking 2014). Founded in 1902 the IOE established itself as a world-leading education institution. In December 2014, the IOE became a School of UCL. Located in central London the IOE is a global hub of ideas and debate in education and related social sciences with a true commitment to research and teaching excellence. Students interested in education and related studies can choose from two undergraduate programmes, 60 flexible masters programmes and research in the largest Doctoral School in its field in the UK.

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