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.
UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Linguistics (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
A student for this degree needs to have either:
- a bachelor’s degree with a major in Linguistics, with at least a B+ Grade Point Average in 60 points in Linguistics at 300-level; or
- any bachelor’s degree, and a Graduate Diploma in Arts in Linguistics, with at least a B+ Grade Point Average in 60 points in Linguistics at 300-level; or
- 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 Point Average 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 (with equivalent standing).
In addition, all students must be approved by the Head of Department of Linguistics and the Dean of Arts (Academic).
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
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The MLing is a 180-point programme that consists of:
- a compulsory thesis, worth 90 points.
- 90 points of courses from 400 or 600-level Linguistics and/or elective courses from the schedule.
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.
Students can choose from either 90 points from 400 or 600-level Linguistics courses (excluding LING 400 and LING 480), or 60 points from 400 or 600-level Linguistics courses and another 30 points from the below list of elective courses:
- COMS 408 Research Topic (30 points)
- LANC 401 In Other Words What? Theory and Practice of Translation (30 points)
- DIGI 401 Digital Methods (30 points)
- PHIL 497 Meaning, Mind, and the Nature of Philosophy (30 points)
- STAT 446 Generalised Linear Models (15 points)
- DATA 422 Data Wrangling for Data Science (15 points)
- EDEM 631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning (30 points)
It is recommended you take no more than two taught courses in a given semester.
All students also complete the thesis course LING 691 MLing Thesis.
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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