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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


Specialise in Linguistics for your Graduate Diploma in Arts at Massey

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.

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.

A Graduate Diploma in Arts in Linguistics is a good fit if you:

like learning languages or have a curiosity about language

enjoy subjects such as English and drama that work with the written and spoken word.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

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

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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