Language Education MSc, PgDip
Awards: MSc, PgDip
Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
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.
The Language Education programme is for teachers of ALL languages. Come with an expertise in one or more language(s) and receive training in how to best teach these languages based on the latest research in the field of language education.
The programme is designed to develop the professional knowledge and skills of those with an interest in language and/or the teaching of languages. We welcome current and future teachers of all languages including English as a foreign or additional language, European languages, Mandarin and other world languages, Sign Languages, as well as any heritage, community or regional languages.
The programme will develop your knowledge and critical awareness of how we teach languages, how we learn languages and how we use languages, in order to enable you to best teach the languages you know. This programme will enable you to become a ‘future thinking’ language educator, empowered to respond to transnational migration flows, digital developments, and various models of language education policy. The Language Education programme is distinctive – it is positioned in our global world and seeks to develop Language Educators that are agents of change, ensuring their learners are equipped to become multilingual, pluriliterate citizens.
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.
The Language Education programme can be studied full time or part time. You will study a number of compulsory and option courses and complete a dissertation to be awarded an MSc in Language Education.
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.
- Language and the Learner
- Languages, Society and Education
- Professional Practice
- Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
- Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis
Option courses are subject to change each year but have previously included:
- Bilingual Education
- Critical Literacies and Critical Pedagogies in L1 and L2 contexts
- Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching
- Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
- Global Englishes for Language Teaching
- Investigating Individual Learner Differences
- Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy
- Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers
- Language Testing
- Online Language Learning
- Second Language Teacher Education
- Teaching Languages to Young Learners
- Teaching texts across borders - from picture books to teenage fiction and film
- Text, Discourse and Language Teaching
- Theory and practice of second language learning
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.
|MSc||1 Year||Full-time||Programme structure 2021/22|
|MSc||2 Years||Part-time||Programme structure 2021/22|
|PgDip||9 Months||Full-time||Programme structure 2021/22|
Graduates of the MSc Language Education can:
- 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 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.
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. Previous teaching experience is not required.
We may also consider your application if you have relevant employment or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.
Students from China
This degree is Band C.
If you are studying in a university on our Priority List, you must have a minimum overall average of 80% for courses and at least 80% on the dissertation. If you are studying in another Ecctis verified university, you must have an average of 85% for courses and 80% on the dissertation.*
*(Revised 7 July 2021 to provide more accurate information for applicants for China.)
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
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements
- 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 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:
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
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.
Other funding opportunities
Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:
- Moray House School of Education and Sport
- Old Moray House
- Holyrood Campus
- EH8 8AQ
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
MSc Language Education - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Language Education - 2 Years (Part-time)
PgDip Language Education - 9 Months (Full-time)
PgDip Language Education - 21 Months (Part-time)
|Programme start date||Application deadline|
|12 September 2022||29 July 2022|
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 2021-2022 are shown below.
|Round||Application deadline||Places awarded by|
|1||21 October 2020||10 December 2020|
|2||16 December 2020||4 March 2021|
|3||17 February 2021||15 April 2021|
|4||28 April 2021||10 June 2021|
|5||16 June 2021||29 July 2021|
- Moray House School of Education and Sport
- Old Moray House
- Holyrood Campus
- EH8 8AQ