12 months
23037 USD/year
5484 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Linguistics from University of Canterbury is intended for people who already have BA (Honours) in Linguistics.  


At Linguistics from University of Canterbury students carry out a substantial research project with guidance from a supervisor.  


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The English Language
  • Language and Society in New Zealand and Beyond
  • Basics of Language for Language Learners
  • European Languages in Europe and Beyond
  • Language Variation Across Space and Time
  • The Sounds of Speech
  • Systems of Words and Sounds in Language
  • Sentence Structure
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Topics in Syntactic Theory
  • Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
  • History of English

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

Candidates can start at any time throughout the year.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The prerequisite for enrolment for an MA in Linguistics is a BA(Hons) in Linguistics. 

  • A first-class or upper second-class Honours grade will normally be required.

  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23037 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23037 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5484 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5484 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National Students - 7,618 NZD
  • International Students - 40,800 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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