M.A. On Campus


University of Otago

12 months
20964 USD/year
5042 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Language is central, and perhaps unique, to human experience. Interest in its study has existed throughout history. Study this Master of Arts - Linguistics at University of Otago.


Consequently, questions about language, and particularly the nature of its structure, use and development, have engaged scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Linguistics is the discipline that addressses these and other related questions directly.


Master of Arts - Linguistics at University of Otago comprises different areas of specialisation:
  • phonetics (the study of speech sounds)
  • phonology (the study of sound systems)
  • morphology (the study of the internal structure of words)
  • syntax (the study of how words are combined into sentences)
  • semantics (the study of meaning)
  • pragmatics (the study of meaning in relation to the way language is used)
  • socio-linguistics (the study of language in its social context)
  • historical linguistics (the study of language change)
  • universal typology (the study of language universals and differences)
  • acquisition (the study of how first and second languages are learned)
  • applied linguistics (the application of linguistics to language teaching and other professional activities)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by programme with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand. 
  • A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.
  • If you hold an honours degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20964 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20964 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National: $6,928.00
  • International: $28,805

Living costs for Dunedin

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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