MA in Applied Linguistics

The MA in Applied Linguistics is available as a taught or research masters.

Postgraduate study opportunities in Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics formulates theory and research-based solutions to real world language problems. It is an interdisciplinary field of enquiry that draws on linguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and education.

We take as our starting point practical issues such as “How can multilingualism be fostered in a society such as New Zealand?”, “In what ways can classroom learners of foreign languages be motivated to learn?” and “How can language proficiency be fairly and validly assessed?” and seek research-based answers.

The MA has been designed to ensure that you receive a broad coverage of the areas that inform the study of Applied Linguistics, and to also give you the opportunity to focus on a specific area of your own choice. It provides a firm theoretical and research basis for progression to study at doctoral level.

Aims of the programme

The MA in Applied Linguistics aims to:
1. Provide you with a sound knowledge base in the key areas of enquiry in Applied Linguistics.
2. Develop your ability to utilise technical knowledge from a variety of areas to address real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language.
3. Equip you with the research skills needed to investigate real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language.

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120 point MA requires one year of full-time study. It may be taken as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Language Teaching/TESOL, or in Linguistics, or a language, or another relevant subject, or a PGDipLT, or equivalent. (This is a change of entry requirements for 2016, currently subject to approval.)

Students who are not native speakers of English and who have not had at least two years of secondary or tertiary education with English as the language of instruction will need a minimum of 6.5 IELTS (Academic) or equivalent.

If you are completing the 120-point thesis you must submit an outline of your proposed research when you apply. When enrolled you will prepare a detailed research proposal while auditing a course in research methods. Once your research proposal is accepted, you will carry out the research and prepare the thesis.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study. The MA in Applied Linguistics is available as a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

Either a) a Bachelor degree with a major in Language Teaching/TESOL, or in Linguistics, or a language, or other relevant subject with the approval of the Academic Head or nominee.

or b) a Bachelor degree and at least two years of second language teaching experience.

(This is a change of entry requirements for 2016, currently subject to approval.)

Students who are not native speakers of English and who have not had at least two years of secondary or tertiary education with English as the language of instruction will need a minimum of 6.5 IELTS (Academic) or equivalent.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.
 

For more information

Contact a Postgraduate Adviser