English Language Teaching MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This course is for you if you’re an experienced language-teaching professional or have a language- and linguistics-based degree but little or no teaching experience.

Our options, seminars and teaching practice are tailored to reflect your previous experience and interests.

You’ll focus on the theoretical and practical issues that impact on the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English as a Second Language (TESL/TESOL).

You’ll develop your knowledge and critical understanding of current theories and research in language acquisition. And you’ll gain confidence in relating these to the practice of English language pedagogy.

Why choose this course?

  • The Sussex Centre for Language Studies is concerned with all aspects of language teaching and learning, including teacher education and language classroom research.
  • This course focuses on the practical application of theory and research to boost your career prospects in English Language Teaching (ELT) and related fields of work.
  • The Centre also offers teacher training (including courses externally validated by Trinity College London) and professional development courses for international teachers of English.
“Having classmates from all over the world with experience of different classroom settings gave me a great perspective on English language teaching in other countries.” Hye In (‘Zoe’) JungELT professional

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages and include a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact the ELT course convener Dr Andrew Blair at a.m.blair@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you learn through taught modules in seminar groups and there are a number of career-focused options. You can also study a new language as a way to broaden your understanding of how key theories relate to classroom practice.

In the summer term, you undertake a supervised research project and write it up as a 12,000-word dissertation.

You are assessed by term papers, essays, portfolios and a dissertation.

You might also be interested in the Applied Linguistics MA. On some modules, you’ll be taught together with students from this course.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Life as a Masters student

Our experts

Course enquiries

Dr Andrew Blair
ELT Course Convener 
+44 (0)1273 678176 
a.m.blair@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You’ll gain the teaching expertise and the ability to evaluate conceptual and practical frameworks relevant to your future professional role. 

Our graduates have gone on to careers around the world in:

  • public- and private-sector language teaching
  • universities and research
  • teacher training
  • management roles
  • publishing.

TEFL qualification and further study

If you have appropriate previous teaching qualifications and experience, and successfully complete the Advanced Practical Teaching option, you’ll be deemed TEFL qualified at UK Diploma level, as defined by the British Council Accreditation Scheme.

We welcome applications for PhD study in the field of English Language Teaching, via the School of English and the School of Education and Social Work.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Sussex Centre for Language Studies were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to jobs including:

  • English language lecturer, Pearson
  • instructor of English, An-Najah National University
  • teacher, The London School of English.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates

Language Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module, you will introduced to the study of formal linguistics. The aim is to familiarise you with the main sub-branches of the discipline and relevant applications to language pedagogy. The following areas are covered:

  • sounds and sound patterns (phonetics and phonology) 
  • word and sentence structure (morphology, syntax)
  • linguistic meaning (semantics and pragmatics).

Emphasis is placed on using the theories, methods and techniques from each of these sub-disciplines to examine real language data. You will carry out practical analysis of spoken and written texts. 

Second Language Acquisition and Research

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module, you will compare theoretical perspectives on what is involved in language acquisition, as well as exploring some of the controversies that exist in the field and implications for second language teaching and learning. Theories of language learning and bilingualism are analysed and aspects of research methodology explored. Contemporary perspectives on SLA in relation to English as a global language in a multilingual world are also reviewed. In addition, you will take one of the Open Language Courses on offer, and reflect on your own learning processes and beliefs in connection the theoretical frameworks for SLA.

Principles and Practice in English Language Teaching

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module focuses on the development of English Language Teaching from the traditional Grammar-Translation Method to the Communicative Approach, and beyond to the current 'post-method' era. Techniques employed in the teaching, testing and evaluation of the four skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary, are discussed in relation to different learning contexts and contemporary ELT issues. These are evaluated with regard to theories of language learning studied on previous courses. In addition, specialist areas of ELT may be included, such as the teaching of young learners, the use of technology, and English as an International Language.

English Language Teaching Dissertation

  • 45 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

The MA dissertation is a substantial piece of work (15,000 words) on a single topic that gives evidence of independent and original thought.

It may be one of the following:

  • a classroom research project: e.g. experimental, or observational data collection, or a learner/class case study
  • a critical piece of work: e.g. a critical analysis and evaluation of a set of second language learning materials, a method or approach in a language     learning context you are familiar with
  • an investigation of attitudes, opinions or experiences of teachers/learners in relation to a specific issue in ELT: e.g. methods, materials, tests, factors in language learning, sociocultural impact.

Research Methods in English Language Teaching

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This short module helps to prepare you for the dissertation, evaluating methodology and methods for second language and ELT research projects. It is designed to build on your understanding of language-related research methods gained on previous modules in the course (e.g. Second Language Acquisition and Research; Principles and Practice in ELT). The outcome of this module will be a 2,000-word proposal and outline plan for the dissertation project to be undertaken to complete the MA course.

Advanced Practical Teaching

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This is a practical and experiential module, designed to give students with appropriate previous teaching qualifications and experience TEFL-Qualified status recognised by the British Council. You will undertake a minimum of 5 hours’ supervised teaching practice (TP), and critically evaluate teaching methodology and classroom techniques through peer observation, feedback and discussion. You will keep a TP journal and undertake reflective tasks, and the module is assessed through the observed teaching practice and journal.

The opportunity is presented to relate pedagogical theory to practice, experiment and develop teaching skills. The learners are adult, multilingual groups of ‘free students’ arranged by the University, organised into approximate ability levels. Key skills are lesson planning and pedagogical aims, designing and implementing appropriate lessons, adaptability and flexibility, using a range of teaching techniques and approaches, the ability to reflect on progress, giving and receiving constructive feedback. You will be expected to show a high degree of autonomy in preparing lessons, with support from your TP tutor and peers. A mixture of authentic, home-made, and suitably-adapted published materials should be used, appropriate to the lesson aims.

Note: It should be stressed that the Advanced Practical Teaching course is generally only suitable for students with significant previous ELT experience with adult learners.

ELT Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines the main skills involved in managing an ELT operation, including strategic planning, teacher development and managing educational change. You will be introduced to theoretical frameworks for key management issues and will be expected to write a project at the end of the module. The module is intended both for academic managers and those intending to move from an academic into a managerial position.

Practical Teaching Techniques and Observation

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This practical module explores and critically evaluates teaching methodology and classroom techniques and includes observation of experienced teachers. You will have chance to observe and discuss a range of different teaching styles, and supervised teaching practice will enable the development of their teaching skills as well as understanding of the different methodologies and techniques. You will normally be grouped according to previous teaching experience. They will also be expected to keep a reflective learning/teaching journal.

Teaching English for Academic Purposes

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of the module is to enable teachers with a standard qualification in and experience of Teaching English as a Foreign Language to develop in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of current theories and research in Teaching English for Academic Purposes, and an understanding of the linguistic, theoretical and practical issues of classroom practice in that area. The content is based on the BALEAP* Competency Framework for Teachers of English for Academic Purposes and comprises four strands: academic practice; EAP students; curriculum development; and programme implementation.

The module comprises four strands within the framework:

1. Academic Practice
This strand includes a consideration of the way in which contexts of academic language use, disciplinary differences in the way that knowledge and discourse are constructed, and the development of learning autonomy affect the learning, teaching and assessment of EAP.
2. EAP Students
This strand considers student needs and how to respond to them, as well as autonomy and critical thinking.
3. Curriculum Development
Curriculum development comprises syllabus and programme construction, text processing and text production.
4. Programme Implementation
Programme implementation includes forms of assessment and some teaching practice (peer teaching).

(*BALEAP: British Association for Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes)

Teaching Young Learners

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will examine the difference in approach between teaching adults and teaching children, as well as the differences between teaching young learners below the age of 12 and teenagers. The importance of content-based teaching and task-based learning, educating the whole child, bilingualism, and second language learning and literacy will be considered and factors such as age, creativity, motivation, learning difficulties and discipline will be explored. Different young learner materials will be analysed and evaluated, as will different methods of assessment.

World Englishes

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module aims to address some of the current and significant issues concerning the growth and use of English around the world, the implications for pedagogy and teacher education. The increasingly international profile of the language, its learners and teaching contexts is reflected in the breadth of nationalities of students on the ELT course, studying, researching and working in this complex field. This area of English language teaching is attracting growing academic attention in terms of journal, book and conference publications, and raises challenging questions for both researchers and practitioners.

 

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