Postgraduate study

Language Education MSc, PgDip

Awards: MSc, PgDip

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Language Education

I really enjoyed this programme and loved being surrounded each day by my amazing classmates from all around the world. Not only were courses interesting, but I felt that through invaluable collaboration with classmates, I learned a lot about language education in many different countries. This programme also improved my time management skills and increased my confidence and capacity for hard work.

Maggie Mroczkowski MSc Language Teaching 2017

This programme will develop your love of language and its teaching, giving you the knowledge and professional skills you need to enter the challenging field of language education or to extend your current career.

Whether you are a newly qualified or experienced teacher, or you are involved in a related area of language teaching, such as curriculum development, you will benefit from the blend of educational and linguistic foundations on offer.

You will learn through a combination of fundamental theory and practice, including classroom observation.

You will benefit from resources and expertise offered by English Language Education at the Centre for Open Learning and the Moray House School of Education and Sport: leading centres for the studies of language and teaching.

For the Masters (MSc) you will complete five compulsory courses and two optional courses, plus a dissertation. The Diploma (PgDip) comprises a similar combination of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses:*

  • Language and the Learner
  • Language, Education and Society
  • Professional Practice
  • Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
  • Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis

Option courses may include:

  • Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching
  • Bilingual Education
  • Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching
  • Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
  • Global Englishes and Language Teaching
  • Investigating Individual Learner Differences
  • Language and Culture Pedagogy
  • Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers
  • Language Testing
  • Online Language Learning
  • Second Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners
  • Text and Discourse in Language Teaching

*(Revised 22 November 2019 to update list of compulsory courses.)

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScLanguage Education1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScLanguage Education2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDipLanguage Education9 MonthsFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Show understanding of seminal as well as recent concepts and theories in the field of language education.
  • Critically review and engage with key principles underlying the field of language education.
  • Plan and execute a significant piece of research of your choice relevant to the field of language education.
  • Creatively apply theory to practice in a context sensitive manner.

This qualification will allow you to pursue opportunities in foreign or second language teaching, either as a newly qualified teacher looking to enter the profession, an experienced practitioner seeking to diversify or reinforce your current career, or a non-qualified teacher with an interest in foreign language tuition.

You will also gain a host of valuable transferable skills that you can carry into any career situation.

The MSc Language Education is led by a team of language professionals and researchers with expertise in a wide variety of areas. We are a multilingual and multicultural team with professional experience gained all over the globe in the field of language education.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant employment or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScLanguage Education1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScLanguage Education2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgDipLanguage Education9 MonthsFull-timeTuition fees
PgDipLanguage Education21 MonthsPart-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK's governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Director, Dr Farah Akbar
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6445
  • Contact: langteach@ed.ac.uk
  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2020/21 are shown below.

Round Application deadline Places awarded by
1 21 October 2019 16 December 2019
2 21 November 2019 16 January 2020
3 23 December 2019 17 February 2020
4 22 January 2020 18 March 2020
5 17 February 2020 06 April 2020
6 29 May 2020 03 July 2020
7 15 July 2020 12 August 2020

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Programme Director, Dr Farah Akbar
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6445
  • Contact: langteach@ed.ac.uk
  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ