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Postgraduate Certificate in Linguistics

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Pursue your passion for linguistics with a Master’s programme that will equip you for a range of language-related careers.

The world is becoming ever-more connected and multilingual. As it does, there’s increasing demand for researchers with a deep understanding of how languages work.

With our Master of Linguistics, you can build on the knowledge you acquired at undergraduate level and delve deeper into the world of linguistics.

While learning a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, you’ll hone your analytical and critical skills in this field. You’ll explore areas such as linguistic diversity, intercultural communication, and language processing.

Build your research skill set

Studying the Master of Linguistics will give you the chance to work with academic staff on their research projects and contribute to the research culture at the School.

You’ll gain a grounding in the quantitative and qualitative methods key to working with linguistic data, and you’ll learn to develop your own complex ideas related to linguistic structure and language use.

Programme requirements

Complete an approved programme of study comprising 60 points, including:

Preparation for Advanced Research in Linguistics (LING 411)

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics with at least a B average.

To be accepted by the programme director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

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

IELTS: 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)

EPP: 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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