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Developed collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council, it offers postgraduate- level study in key areas of current theory and practice in applied linguistics and English language teaching.

  • This course makes use of the latest developments in technological design and is delivered by an experienced team of e-tutors through an online distance-learning environment.
  • Students engage in online discussion and use interactive multimedia course materials including lectures and podcasts by internationally renowned staff from the University of Southampton.
  • Students have access to the University library and its stock of e-books and journals online.
  • The programme structure involves two years of taught assessed modules and a final semester spent undertaking research and writing a dissertation.


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Two intakes per year, every January and September
2.5 years

MA in English Language Teaching: Online

Enhance your career prospects with the world’s English experts and open up a world of opportunities with an internationally recognised post-graduate qualification in English language teaching from the UK.

The MA in ELT is completely online, offering you an affordable and convenient way to study. It takes 2.5 years and is aimed at experienced English teachers.

“…a very challenging and exciting experience that has helped to develop my skills…the main advantage for me is that I can study from home and continue with my professional work” Nat, MA in ELT graduate, 2014

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Important dates and price

Applications: Open from February 2020 until 15 August 2020

Price: £8,400GBP to be paid in three annual instalments of £2,800GBP

Free online learning

FutureLearn course: Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

You can get a taste of what studying this MA would be like with the free online course Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching at FutureLearn, developed jointly by the University of Southampton and the British Council.

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