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Postgraduate Certificate in Te Reo Maori

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Certificate in Te Reo Maori (PGCertTREO) offers speakers the opportunity to further develop their language skills and receive professional recognition of their development. The PGCertTREO is an ideal option for those without previous university study in te reo, or university study in general, who have significant experience in the language and work in the Maori sector.

The Certificate also allows speakers of te reo Maori to enter into advanced postgraduate study in the Master of Te Reo Maori.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Te Reo Maori is made up of 60 points of 400-level courses.

Further study

UC offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo Maori, a Master of Te Reo Maori, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Te Reo Maori.

Career Opportunities

Students with formal recognition of their te reo skills will find work opportunities in a range of industries, for example within teaching, publishing, writing and translation work, government, communications and stakeholder engagement, and entertainment industries.

Graduates will also be able to contribute to the growing language revitalisation initiatives of iwi, and the culture and history of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Entry criteria

Students for the PGCertTREO must have a relevant bachelor’s degree, with a B Grade Point Average or better in 60 points of their 300-level major subject courses, and have had at least three years of experience in the Maori sector.

Students without a bachelor’s degree must have extensive practical, professional, or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind.

All applicants will also be required to submit a portfolio of professional experience, and attend a selection interview.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application Deadline: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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