MSc/PgDip/PgCert TESOL & Intercultural Communication

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Application deadline: August
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

Study with us

  • gain the theoretical and practical skills to teach English to learners with a wide range of social, cultural and communicative goals
  • benefit from the expertise of educationalists, linguists, and literature/culture scholars
  • an interdisciplinary course combining insights from education, linguistics, and literature
  • take a mix of classes or focus more closely on one areas
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Why this course?

The MSc TESOL and Intercultural Communication degree is designed for those who intend to pursue a career in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It's also suitable for those who currently work in this field but wish to enhance professional knowledge and skills and improve career prospects. 

The course addresses questions about the learning, teaching and use of English by speakers of other languages from an intercultural communication perspective. It draws on the expertise of educationalists, linguists, and literature/culture scholars.  

Course options enable you to explore issues across these disciplines or to specialise in one area. Recognising that the place of English is evolving rapidly in an increasingly complex multilingual and multicultural world, you'll be equipped with the theoretical and practical skills to teach English to learners with a wide range of social, cultural and communicative goals.

You'll gain a better understanding of language learning and language use in intercultural contexts. You'll have the opportunity engage with key issues relating to language teaching and intercultural communication. and develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for language-related careers in a linguistically diverse world.

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What you’ll study

Semester 1

You'll take two compulsory classes and choose between two research classes.

Successful completion of these three classes leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate.

Semester 2

You'll take a further compulsory class and choose from a selection of options.

Successful completion of six classes over Semesters 1 & 2, leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma.

 

Summer semester

MSc students write a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words (depending on topic) on a topic relating to the course.

Successful completion of the dissertation, plus six classes leads to the award of MSc.

Learning & teaching

You'll attend on-campus lectures, seminars and tutorials; one research class is available by online teaching.

Assessment

Methods of assessment include written assignments–  essays and reflective journal – materials development, and presentations.

 

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Course content

Compulsory classes

Language Learning in a Multilingual World

This class focuses on how languages are learnt. Participants share their own experiences of learning English and other languages, and relate these to theories of effective language learning. These include the literature on learner motivation, language learner identities and social, emotional, cultural and aesthetic aspects of learning another language.

The work involves planning, implementing and evaluating a language learning task to progress your own goals as a language learner and encourages you to reflect critically on this, as a way of informing current or future practice as a language education professional.

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

The class critically applies the linguistic analysis of discourse, conversation and other types of verbal behaviour, in the context of a theoretical understanding of the communication of meaning. We will look at languages in contact, the relation between language, culture and thought, and other theoretical and practical issues in the understanding of intercultural communication. 

Optional classes

Choose between the two research classes below:
Research Methodologies & Reasoning

This module provides an introduction to education and social research methodologies within the context of professional development and practitioner enquiry. The module will offer students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the traditions and approaches of research and their implications for professional development. The module promotes an understanding of the wider social research environment and its role within the professional contexts of policy and practice.

Research Skills in Literature, Culture & Communication

This class develops skills which are essential for postgraduate work, including the dissertation which is part of the MSc. It will be useful for any student who wishes to extend their studies to PhD, or wishes to publish their research. The class examines what it means to do research, how to prepare a research proposal, and what examiners look for in dissertations and theses.

Compulsory class

Contemporary Issues in Language Teaching

This module focuses on contemporary issues and trends in language teaching. It enables students who are prospective or practising teachers to familiarise themselves with a range of topics relating to language teaching so that they can draw connections between research and their own experience. The module has a particularly focus on the impact of digital technologies and a sociocultural approach to second language pedagogy.

Optional classes

Theories and Policies in second language acquisition and bilingualism

The module develops a critical understanding of theory and research concerning second language acquisition and bilingual education and reviews international, national and local legislation, reports and policies which impact on the education of bilingual learners.

Practices and Policies in Supporting Bilingual Learners

The module considers bilingual learners’ language and learning needs, and effective support strategies to meet these. It builds on knowledge and understanding of theory, research and policy to plan effective support for a wide range of bilingual learners, with a focus on the development of both the language of schooling and the other languages that learners know, through collaborative group work, parental involvement and assessment practices.

Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies

The class will allow you to engage with materials from Scottish, cultural, historical and literary studies. You'll read a range of primary literary and cultural materials in a historical and theoretical context and will develop skills in textual analysis and critical engagement. In doing so, the class will provide you with a knowledge of some of the main developments in Scottish literary and cultural studies throughout the 20th Century. 

You’ll gain an understanding of the relationships between literature, culture and theories of nationalism. You’ll also develop an awareness of a range of major issues in contemporary Scottish culture and become capable of applying sophisticated theoretical approaches to these.

Narrative Processing Across Languages & Cultures

The cognitive science of narrative processing has revealed that our understanding of stories depends both on our culturally-specific knowledge and also on culturally independent aspects of our psychology. The class explores this interesting problem, and considers its bearing on a person's understanding of stories from outside their own culture, a fundamental issue in intercultural studies.

Independent Study 1

This class is part of our flexible framework for supporting, enhancing and accrediting a wide range of career long professional learning activities. The Independent Study module allows students to negotiate a focus for learning that meets their personal professional needs. 

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent; alternatively, relevant professional experience may be taken into account. 

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£6,800

Rest of UK

£6,800

International

£15,300

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Careers

Graduates will be in a strong position to start or enhance careers as English language professionals, in their home countries or internationally. You may choose to work as an English language teacher, course designer or course director, with students ranging from young learners or high school students, to college or university students or adult learners.

The course also offers a route into a research orientated career, with options to continue on Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy routes.

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TESOL and Intercultural Communication

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

TESOL and Intercultural Communication

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk

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