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Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Develop your knowledge and expertise in Applied Linguistics, and design research projects related to your own professional needs and interests.

Dive into the research

Topics include how language shapes identity, how language knowledge is structured in the lexicon, how theoretical accounts of language acquisition inform pedagogical practice, and how to assess competence in a second or additional language.

World-class programme

The University's Applied Linguistics programme is highly regarded worldwide. It has a strong international orientation that reflects New Zealand’s unique position in the Asia–Pacific region. Our graduates have gone on to teach English and work in educational leadership roles in New Zealand and around the globe.

Flexible study

Study full time or part time—whatever suits your needs best. You can choose to study on campus, online, or through a combination of the two. Start your study at the beginning of any trimester—February, July, or November.

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you'll need to have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) with at least a B average in Linguistics, English Language, Education, or a language other than English. Consideration may be given if you have relevant professional experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.

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