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The MA TESOL at UCD

Our MA and GradDip TESOL programmes are aimed at experienced TESOL teachers with at least 1 year of relevant teaching experience in Ireland or overseas. They are designed to provide teachers with practical knowledge and skills they can immediately apply to their teaching practice.

Students will see a difference in how they approach their teaching and in the value they give to their students. Most importantly, our programmes work around typical language school timetables, which means students have the opportunity to continue teaching full time while undertaking the TESOL courses.

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Why take the MA TESOL at UCD?

The programme emphasises the importance of research-informed practice, critical reflection, autonomous learning and the translation of theory into practice. Our TESOL team will also foster collaboration with local and international experts in the field to ensure that students can network, share best practices and contribute to the growing professionalisation of the TESOL field.

Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of English language teaching and will link them directly to their experience in the classroom. Each week, research will be brought to the practical setting of the classroom context as students develop their knowledge and reflect on good practice. 

We also offer an optional teaching practice module where student teachers will be observed and receive feedback on their teaching. Students will also have the opportunity to observe live language classes in the Centre.

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The programme

Our TESOL programmes cover a broad range of subjects relevant to ELT professionals and their career advancement.  Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of English language teaching and will link them directly to their experience in the classroom. Graduates from the programme are well positioned to take up employment as specialist teachers and/or academic managers, contributing significantly to teacher development and the design of teaching materials.

Each week, research will be brought to the practical setting of the classroom context as students develop their knowledge and reflect on good practice. This goal will be achieved through the use of small groups, discussions, teaching observations, presentations, workshops and blended learning.  

Photo: MA TESOL graduation December 2021.

We welcome applications from experienced teachers of English as a second, foreign or additional language.

The programmes are open to international students as well as students from Ireland.

Applicants should meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a primary degree (at least 2nd class honours or equivalent in any discipline)
  • Have an appropriate initial training qualification in TESOL/TEFL
  • Have a minimum of one year relevant teaching experience in Ireland or overseas.
  • Have an overall band score of 7.0 in IELTS (with a 7.0 in listening and writing components) if applicant’s first language is not English

Students on the MA or GradDip in TESOL programme will explore the theoretical underpinnings of English language teaching and will link them directly to their experience in the classroom. Each week, reaserch will be brought to the practical setting of the classroom context as students develop their knowledge and reflect on good practice. This goal will be achieved through the use of small groups, discussions, teaching observations, presentations, workshops and blended learning.

List of modules covered by the MA or GradDip in TESOL programme:

 Please note, modules are subject to availability.

The aims of the MA/GradDip in TESOL programme are for students to:

  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the English language and the classroom implications of teaching applied language skills.
  • Demonstrate an evidence based understanding of teaching, learning and assessment in TESOL.
  • Develop leadership competencies in teaching, curriculum design, assessment, management, teacher development and materials design.
  • Apply a critical reflection to a range of language teaching, learning and assessment approaches and adopt theory into practice.
  • Develop confidence and competence in engaging in and networking with the professional community via conference presentations and workshops.
  • Integrate a range of language teaching, learning and assessment technologies to enhance their students' learning experience.
  • Develop advanced research skills in an area of expertise (language teaching or assessment).
  • Develop a practical approach to research planning and writing skills.

Our MA/GradDip in TESOL programme is unique. We work around typical language school timetables, which means you will have the opportunity to continue teaching full time while undertaking the TESOL programme. You will see a difference in how you approach your teaching and in the value you give to your students. You will become a part of the wider ELT community, allowing you to benefit from networking and career development opportunities. You will be able to contribute to the growing professionalism across the field and be part of the growth of ELT in Ireland and beyond. The TESOL team are classroom-based language practitioners who underpin their work with the most cutting-edge pedagogical research and advances in technology.

The Applied Language Centre is a hub of communicative and applied language teaching which means you have access to a range of teaching styles. Your experience is enhanced through our programme of guest speakers and we encourage you to engage with current debates in ELT. Successful completion of our MA programme will help you become a more accomplished ELT professional, with a solid theoretical knowledge and the transferable skills necessary to enhance your career.

2022/23 Fees

Applicant Designation

MA TESOL  Full Time

GradDip TESOL

MA TESOL Part Time

EU

€8,080  

€6,220

€4,850  

Non-EU

€20,500  

€13,670

€10,250  

Fees are subject to change. More detailed tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website: http://www.ucd.ie/students/fees/ 

 MA TESOL Scholarship Scheme 2022-2023
The UCD Applied Language Centre is offering 4 competitive Scholarships for students who will study on the MA in TESOL full-time in the academic year 2022/2023

Please note that our Scholarship Scheme is now closed for the 2022 intake.

 UCD funding and Scholarships

UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full- time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please visit UCD’s International Scholarships webpage: http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/feesfundingandscholarships/scholarships/

Students who wish to undertake postgraduate training in TESOL but prefer not to complete the thesis requirement associated with the MA are welcome to apply for the GradDip TESOL.

The GradDip in TESOL invites students to follow the same course of modules as the MA.

For more information about the application and admission process for the MA or the GradDip in TESOL programmes, please visit the UCD Graduate Studies site here.

You can also access UCD's Services Portal and apply for the programme directly here.

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What I enjoyed about the course was learning about the new developments in the field. I was impressed by how practical it was too! I really recommend it.
Gabi, MA TESOL student 2020-21
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Contact Us

If you have any questions about our TESOL programmes, please email us at tesol@ucd.ie  

To find out more about our academic staff, please visit our Meet the Team page

We are based on the first floor of the Daedalus building, in the heart of the UCD Belfield campus. When the building was opened, it was the first purpose built language teaching centre in the country and remains an architecturally impressive hub in the centre of campus.

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