Postgraduate taught 

TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages MSc

Major Dissertation (TESOL) EDUC5900P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Major dissertation for TESOL.


Scheduled workshops and tutorials throughout the year.


The dissertation should contain between 12 000 and 15 000 words (excluding appendices)

A great variety of studies can be accepted as legitimate research exercises for the Dissertation. An experiment of classic design; a survey by questionnaire; interviews of pupils and staff; a study by ethnographic, systematic or participant observation; a case study; a review of policy; discourse analysis of official reports are possible examples.

Course Aims

To provide students with an opportunity to conduct a supervised research exercise that involves examining literature, gathering relevant data and analysis of an educational context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ delineate, from a critical review of the literature and, as appropriate, of personal experience or other relevant context, an issue of strategic importance to their field of professional practice

■ adopt and demonstrate an ethical approach to the research process and to research materials

■ develop from such a strategic issue a series of researchable questions which will act as the conceptual basis of the research

■ develop a research strategy, whether empirical, historical, philosophical or other, which is adequate to the research questions

■ develop rigorous methods of engagement with research material which are adequate to the research strategy

■ engage with research material in a disciplined and ethical manner consistent with the research methods developed

■ analyse research material in a manner consistent with its nature , the research methods employed and the research questions posed

■ draw conclusions from the research process which are rooted in the research, are in proportion to its scope and have relevance for the researcher's filed of educational practice

■ reflect critically, in the light of the conclusions of the research, on the literature and, as appropriate, on professional experience, arguing priorities for future development

■ present a text which conforms to the remit and guidelines for completion of the dissertation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.