Master of Linguistics
This 180-point Master’s degree is an advanced programme offering specialised courses in linguistic analysis and a significant research component.
Master of Linguistics (MLing) students will analyse the relationship between a language and its 'social life'. In an Aotearoa New Zealand context, this means understanding how English has developed over time, and how it continues to change as a marker of Kiwi identity, as well as understanding the relationship, both past and present, between English and te reo Māori.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
A candidate for this Master’s needs to have either:
- qualified for a bachelor’s degree with a major in Linguistics, with at least a B+ grade average in 60 points in Linguistics at 300-level; or
- qualified for a bachelor’s degree, and completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts in Linguistics, with at least a B+ grade average in 60 points in Linguistics at 300-level; or
- qualified for a bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Computer Science, a language, or a different major approved by the Head of Department of Linguistics, with at least a B+ grade average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject, and achieved at least a B+ in LING 400 English Structures (a distance-learning course which runs over the summer); or
- been admitted ad eundem statum.
In addition, all candidates must be approved by the Head of Department of Linguistics and the Dean of Arts (Academic).
How to apply
You can apply online at MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The MLing is a 180-point programme that consists of:
- three 30-point courses
- a compulsory thesis, worth 90 points.
Full-time students who commence their studies in February must complete within 1 year. Part-time students must complete the degree within 2–3 years.
Graduates of the Master in Linguistics will be highly trained in the theories and contemporary methodologies of Linguistics and skillful in a range of complementary analytical, critical, and linguistic skills. These will include an understanding of:
- the internal structure of language and languages, including knowledge of phonetics, phonology, and syntax
- the relationship between English and other languages, including te reo Māori
- key geographical and social determinants of variation in language
- the role of language in constructing individual and group identities
- how language produces and reflects cultural change and difference.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Linguistics.
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