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Master of Linguistics

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: 15-July-2019
Campus:
University of Canterbury
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Summary

This 180-point master’s degree is an advanced programme offering specialized 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 a New Zealand context, this means understanding how English has developed over time, and how it continues to change as a marker of NZ identity, as well as understanding the relationship, both past and present, between English and Te Reo Māori.

How do I plan my degree?

The MLing is a 180-point programme that consists of:

  • three 30-point courses (spread between Semesters 1 and 2, according to course choice)
  • a compulsory thesis, worth 90 points.

Subjects and courses

There are no restrictions on which taught courses a student can take, but they must take no more than two taught courses in a given semester. Students are free to choose any 400 or 600 level Linguistics courses up to a total of 90 points, and LING 691 MLing Thesis.

Further study

Students can study a Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics.

Career opportunities

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.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

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+ 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+ 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+ average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject, AND achieved at least a B+ in LING400 English Structures (a distance-learning course which runs over the summer); OR
  • been admitted under the Regulations for admission ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Degree of Master of Linguistics.

English language requirements:

IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.

PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

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