Course outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics provides professionals in all areas of second-language teaching, including Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with a qualification that meets their specific combination of professional and research needs. This combination is increasingly important in both domestic and international settings.

Get real-world skills

You’ll use theories, methods and problem-based approaches that address real-world language issues. The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics focuses on second-language acquisition, teaching and language use in an increasingly globalised and digitally mediated world. 

Explore areas such as contextually relevant teaching of languages, reflective practices to enhance teaching and learning, and the sociocultural demands of language learning and teaching.

Learn from the experts

You’ll be taught by distinguished educators who have researched in areas such as:

  1. Online second-language communities
  2. Distance/online language learning
  3. Sociocultural adjustment of international students and their teachers to their presence in New Zealand universities
  4. Language learning and emotion
  5. Bi/multilingualism
  6. Oral proficiency
  7. Heritage language learning
  8. Mother tongue maintenance

Career prospect

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics will prepare you for a career in areas such as language teaching, research or practice in national or international multilingual contexts. You’ll be supporting those who operate in multilingual contexts, such as migrants and former refugees, and international students in New Zealand. Our graduates are employed as educators, consultants and practitioners.

Internal offerings only allow a semester two start to the programme. Students can take a mix of internal and distance courses.

This qualification may be awarded with Distinction or Merit if completed within 1 year of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study.

All requirements must be completed within 4 years.

Course subjects

  1. Second Language Learning Theories and Processes
  2. Contemporary Approaches to Language Teaching Methodology
  3. Contextualising Curriculum and Materials Design
  4. Current Issues in Applied Linguistics

Faculty

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree or other relevant qualification (eg Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Nursing) for entry and admission to Postgraduate Study. Application to this university can be very strict therefore, it is advised to contact the school directly for assistance or visit the school offiicla website. Below is the complete general guideline for admission of any postgraduate programmes. 

Students must have:

  1. A completed Bachelor’s degree 
  2. At least one full-time year of relevant teaching experience (or equivalent)

Admission

1. Admission to a Postgraduate certificate, Postgraduate diploma, 120-credit Bachelor (Honours) or a Master's degree requires that the student will:

(a) have made formal application for admission to postgraduate study for the specified programme; and

(b) (i) have qualified for the award of a relevant Bachelor's degree with a grade average that demonstrates an adequate level of preparation for the postgraduate programme; or

(ii) have an approved academic qualification of similar standing to the relevant Bachelor's degree; or

(iii) have been granted admission with equivalent status as entitled to proceed to the specified Postgraduate degree, diploma or certificate; and

where appropriate to a specific qualification:

(c) (i) provide evidence of practical/professional experience of an acceptable standard in an area(s) relevant to the qualification; or

(ii) on the request of the Academic Board, carry out such work and satisfy such assessments as the Board may determine to be necessary for admission.

Academic requirements

2. (a) A postgraduate qualification will consist of a number of credits accumulated from taught courses and/or research courses, at 700-level or above, as specified in the Qualification Regulations.

(b) For the award of the degree, diploma or certificate a pass is required in each course in the qualification. A student may re-enrol and be re-examined only once in a failed course.

Research reports and theses

3. (a) A research report will consist of a minimum of 30 credits; a thesis will consist of a minimum of 90 credits.

(b) The research component of postgraduate programmes will be 0, 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 credits with the proviso that the Bachelor (Honours) degree will have a minimum research component of 30 credits and those Master's degrees that require a research component will have a minimum of 45 credits of research.

(c) Postgraduate diplomas and certificates may have a research component of zero credits and consist entirely of taught courses.

(d) For thesis courses that are offered for enrolment as Part One and Part Two, candidates are required to precede their enrolment in Part Two with enrolment in Part One.

Student progression

4. (a) Students will have completed their 700-level course requirements prior to enrolling in the thesis course.

(b) (i) 120-credit Bachelor (Honours) degrees will be awarded as First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Division I, Second Class Honours Division II or Third Class Honours. Bachelor (Honours) degrees must be completed within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study.

(ii) Postgraduate diplomas and 120-credit Master's degrees will carry the award of Distinction if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study.

(iii) 180-credit Master's degrees will carry the award of Distinction if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) within eighteen months of first enrolling in full-time study or within four years of first enrolling in part-time study.

(iv) 240-credit Master's degrees will be awarded with First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Division I, Second Class Honours Division II or a pass. To qualify for the award of honours, 240-credit Master's degrees must be completed within two years of first enrolling for full-time study or within five years of first enrolling for part-time study.

(v) These periods may, in special circumstances, be amended/extended by the Academic Board. The Academic Board may also in special circumstances permit students to suspend their programme of studies for an approved period.

Specialisations

5. Qualifications for which specialisations, such as endorsements or subjects, are listed may have these specified as specialisations at the time of programme approval. The degree, diploma, or certificate completed by the student will state the specialisation.

Maximum time to completion 

6. Unless otherwise specified in the Qualification Regulations there will be time limits for completion as follows:

(a) 60-credit Postgraduate Certificates must be completed within a maximum of two years.

(b) 120-credit Postgraduate Diplomas must be completed within a maximum of four years.

(c) 120-credit Masterates must be completed within a maximum of four years.

(d) 180-credit Masterates must be completed within a maximum of five years.

(e) 240-credit Masterates must be completed within a maximum of six years.

(f) 120-credit Bachelor (Honours) must be completed within one year of first enrolling for full-time study or within three years of first enrolling for part-time study.

Where credit has been transferred in accordance with Recognition of Prior Learning Regulation 2(c), the above time limits may be pro-rated when calculating maximum time limits for completion.

Time limits may be waived, at the discretion of the University, where a student exits with a qualification of lesser credit.

7. Students who have been inactive for a period of three consecutive years will be deemed to have abandoned their qualification. Abandonment releases the University from its obligation to ensure a qualification can be completed. Students may be permitted to re-enrol in a subsequent current qualification should they meet the entry requirements; credits previously achieved will be assessed and applied in accordance with current regulations.

Variations and personal programme approvals 

8. The Academic Board may, in such cases as it thinks fit, approve a personal programme of study which does not conform with the General Regulations or the Regulations for that degree, diploma or certificate while still conforming to the academic standards of the qualification.

The following rules will apply:

(a) There must be a compelling academic case to merit the variation, or;

(b) There must be evidence of exceptional circumstances and/or hardship to the student.

(c) Variations will receive appropriate academic authorisation under delegation from Academic Board and be formally documented.

(d) The variation will be recorded on the student's academic record.

(e) Personal programme approvals will not permit a reduction in the total amount of credit required to complete a qualification.

(f) The extent of variation cannot jeopardise the integrity of the qualification. To this end there will be a limit on the extent to which a qualification can be varied. The maximum amount of credit variation is as follows:

120 credit qualification 30 credits

180 credit qualification 30 credits

240 credit qualification 30 credits

(g) Variations will not be permitted in 60-credit qualifications.

(h) Except where the special circumstances apply to a cohort of students (for example when transitioning students as a result of programme closure or course unavailability) variations will only be considered on a case-by-case basis and will not set a precedent.

Transitional provisions 

9. The University reserves the right to introduce such changes as it may judge to be necessary or desirable, including the addition, restructuring or withdrawal of qualifications, regulations and/or courses. Reasonable provisions will be made to enable students to complete any qualification which is discontinued or has its structure substantially altered, but such provision will not extend beyond the permitted time for completion.

English language requirements

  • IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT - 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic - 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English - 180

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in New Zealand, it is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage postgradasia.com to find out local and international opportunities. 
  6. Encourage to visit http://www.massey.ac.nz/ for deeper and more information.

Contact

  • Telephone: 0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739) 
  • Telephone (from outside NZ): +64 6 350 5701 
  • Facsimile: +64 6 350 5618 
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