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Linguistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


You'll complete a mix of coursework and research working with some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff. Study the Linguistics programme alongside students from around the world and emerge as an expert in your subject at the Victoria University of Wellington .

Flexible options

Take advantage of flexible study options to tailor your studies to your needs. You can choose from a range of courses, and TESOL, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Learning and Teaching students can study either on campus or by distance. You can complete your Master's in one year of full-time study or over two or three years part time. And for most programmes, you're also able to start studying at the beginning of any of the three trimesters during the year.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Linguistics for Advanced Study
  • Preparation for Advanced Research in Linguistics
  • Quantitative Research in Applied Linguistics
  • Topics in Theoretical and Cognitive Linguistics
  • Topics in Linguistics at the Interfaces

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Bachelor's degree with a B range average in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28624 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    8160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8158 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Estimated international fees : NZ$44,600  for the full programme

Estimated domestic fees : NZ$12,710  for the full programme

Living costs for Wellington

  • 1000 - 2300 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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