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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Wellington Campus


Use language to drive your career

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in linguistics without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in linguistics.

Cultivate your personal and professional development

Linguistics is the study of language, its structure and meaning, how it is learnt and used, and what this says about who we are and where we come from.

Language plays a fundamental role in both our public and private lives, from interacting with friends to communicating with colleagues. This includes written and spoken communication, problem-solving, and social and cultural awareness. Our lecturers will encourage you to develop a deeper understanding of your own self-identity and social interactions.

Develop important career skills

Language is the most powerful tool for connecting with and understanding the evolving diversity of people and cultures in New Zealand. Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics) puts a strong focus on personal and applied language use. As well as ethnographic analysis, and language forms and structure.

This major will help you develop vital career skills.

Specialist language studies and options available

We have a variety of courses on offer, whatever your interest. Whether you’re intrigued by the role of language in forensic situations or digital communities. Whether it’s social media, mother-tongue maintenance or second-language learning. Our courses are taught by leading lecturers in a range of distinctive research areas.


Language is vital to human communication. The study of linguistics helps you understand the development of language and can lead to an array of careers. We have graduates working in a range of diverse sectors in many varied roles including:

  • education: ESOL teacher, language teacher, literacy adviser, university lecturer
  • business, administration and law: communications adviser, interpreter/translator, forensic document analyst
  • government departments: policy analyst, researcher, cultural adviser, immigrations officer
  • publishing, journalism, media and advertising: writer/editor, advertising consultant
  • IT: computer analyst/programmer.

Further study

Once you have completed the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics), you can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in linguistics if you wish.

Entry criteria

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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