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Master of Linguistics - MLing

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


180 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


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.

Hone your skills in linguistics

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.

What you’ll study

The MLing is a 180-point Master’s programme that starts either in February (Trimester One) or in July (Trimester Two). It has two parts—taught courses worth 120 points and a research component worth 60 points.

In the coursework component, you’ll receive training in key research methods and complete advanced courses in different areas of linguistics research.

In the research component, you’ll carry out your own extended research project working with academic staff.

Duration and workload

The Master of Linguistics can be completed either full time or part time. Studying full time, the Master of Linguistics is usually completed in 16 months, although it is possible to finish it in 12 months. Studying part time, the programme can be completed in in 24 to 28 months.

Most students start the programme in February, but it is also possible to start in July.

Studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40 hours a week for much of the year. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

If you are studying part time, you can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you’ll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10 to 12 hours work.

Entry criteria

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

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need 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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