Welcome to NILE’s MA in Professional Development for Language Education

NILE’S MA in Professional Development for Language Education (MAPDLE), validated by the University of Chichester, is a flexibly delivered, modular postgraduate programme for professionals involved in ELT or in other sectors of language education, who wish to develop their specialist skills.

It is a comprehensive Master’s programme, providing in-depth and state-of-the-art coverage of the key areas of language education, whilst also providing an extensive choice of specialist elective modules to help you develop within your own particular areas of interest.

Our MA:

  • is led by recognised specialists in their field, including Dave Allan, Phil Ball, Briony Beaven, Gavin Dudeney, Thom Kiddle, Alan Pulverness, Simon Smith, Johanna Stirling and other world-renowned and published ELT experts
  • leads to a Master’s award, or other internationally recognised postgraduate qualifications, accredited by The University of Chichester
  • is designed to fit around your working life
  • ensures that you are equipped for the next step on your career path
  • offers a choice of specialist electives.
  • is available in a ‘start-any-time’ model, with a range of face-to-face, online and blended modes of learning

Designed for you

The MAPDLE has been offered now for over 20 years and was designed specifically for working professionals, to be affordable, accessible and flexible. It offers high levels of personal choice and control over the routes followed and the timing of modules. It is also eligible for EU funding support. So far over 700 teachers and trainers from 40 countries have followed the NILE MA.

The MAPDLE has always been available in a blended learning mode, but you can now choose to study an extended range of modules entirely online. You can also decide to opt for one or more short, intensive periods of face-to-face delivery, either in Norwich or in one of our accredited centres in South America. Each module is followed by a six-month period in which to complete post-course assignments with the distance support of the course tutor. You can complete the MA programme to fit in with other professional and personal demands on your time over a period of up to 6 years.

Designed by leading educationalists

The NILE MA has been designed and developed by a team with years of experience and internationally recognised expertise in TESOL and international language education to ensure that it provides the knowledge and skills needed both by individuals and by institutions involved in the learning and teaching of languages. It is subject to regular review and updating.

Fast track opportunities

If you already have the Cambridge Delta or Trinity Diploma in TESOL, you will be exempt from the core module, Language Teaching Methodology. We may also recognise other prior learning, certificated and/or experiential, that you mention on your application form.

Module Start Method of Delivery
Core Module - 60 credits
Language Teaching Methodology (MALTM) June 2017 Face-to-face
January 2017 Online

Elective Modules 2016 - 30 credits each

Content and Language Integrated Learning (MACLIL) August 2017 Face-to-face
April 2017 Online
Developing Learner Autonomy (MADLA) Continuous enrolment Online
Management in Language Education (MAMILE) July 2017 Face-to-face
Materials Development for Language Teaching (MAMAT) August 2017 Face-to-face
January 2017,
April 2017,
September 2017
Teaching Young Learners (MATYL)
September 2017 Online
Technology Assisted Language Learning (MATALL) August 2017 Face-to-face
January 2017, September 2017 Online
Teaching English for Academic Purposes (MATEAP) August 2017 Face-to-face
April 2017, September 2017 Online
Testing, Evaluation and Assessment (MATEA) August 2017 Face-to-face
January 2017, April 2017, September 2017 Online
Trainer Development (MATD) July 2017 Face-to-face
September 2017 Online

Final Module - 60 credits

Dissertation (MADISS) Continuous enrolment Distance supervision

15,000 words, applying the knowledge and skills acquired on the course. The dissertation is an obligatory module for completion of the MA and is supervised at distance.

MAPDLE Dates and Fees 2017
Online courses by date

To apply for the MA in Professional Development for Language Education, please contact registrar@nile-elt.com

MA Programme Fees 2017

Course GBP (£)
Core Module (Language Teaching Methodology) 2,160.00
Elective Modules (x2) 1,080.00 each
Dissertation 2,160.00
Total cost (in 2017 prices) 6,480.00

MAPDLE tutors

Dave Allan, Phil Ball, Briony Beaven, Mary Carney, Gavin Dudeney, Thom Kiddle, Alan Mackenzie, Tony Prince, Alan Pulverness, Shelagh Rixon, Carole Robinson, Jason Skeet, Simon Smith, Russell Stannard, Johanna Stirling, Malgosia Tetiurka.


Meher Ben Lakhdhar, Oman

Yazan Brahim, Tunisia

Speak to an advisor +44 (0) 1603 664473

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an MA course cost?

The course costs are indicated in the Dates & Fees section on the course details page.

What are the MA entry requirements?

You should ideally have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, plus language teaching experience and the level of English needed for successful completion of a course of study at postgraduate level. You may also be considered if you have extensive language teaching experience but few or no formal qualifications.

Access to current language learners for classroom investigation is necessary for candidates who take the core MALTM module, and for some electives (MADLA, MATYL, MATALL , MACLIL). Access to current language learners is useful but not required for the Dissertation and for the other electives (MAMAT, MATEA, MAMILE, MATEAP, MATD). 

Do I have to enrol for the whole MA programme?

Yes, you do need to enrol for the whole programme, but you enrol and pay for each module within it separately, according to your individual needs. There are then two possible exit points where you can withdraw from the programme with a ‘contained award’: a Postgraduate Certificate (after gaining 60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (after gaining 120 credits). The Core module counts for 60 credits and the elective modules count for a further 30 credits each.

Do I have to start with the Core module?

Normally, yes, though in special circumstances it may be possible to start with one of the elective modules.

How are written assignments supervised? How much feedback can I expect?

You can submit each meaningful section of an assignment for feedback, plus one final draft of the whole assignment. In addition, supervisors will also be available to respond to incidental queries between submissions.

When can I start the dissertation? How long do I have to complete it?

After you have successfully completed the Core Module and two elective modules, you may register to do the Dissertation Module (which counts for the final 60 credits). Once you have registered, you have 3 months in which to submit your Proposal. You should advise Simon Smith (Programme Leader) of the proposed area or title for the Dissertation, and you will then be allocated a tutor who will help you prepare the Proposal. After you have approval to proceed, you then have 60 weeks in which to write and submit the Dissertation.

What does a dissertation proposal involve?

The Proposal should include a working title and an outline plan plus methodology, and should suggest sources and a basic bibliography. Your Proposal is then considered by Chichester, who will authorise it or suggest amendments. Once you have received formal approval to proceed with the Dissertation, you will be allocated a Supervisor (who may be the same person who helped you prepare the Proposal) and you will begin communicating with them and receive their support throughout the process of researching and writing the Dissertation.

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