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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Use language to drive your career

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in linguistics without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in linguistics. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in linguistics if you wish.

Cultivate your personal and professional development

Linguistics is the study of language, its structure and meaning, how it is learnt and used, and what this says about who we are and where we come from.

From interacting with friends to communicating with colleagues, language plays a fundamental role in both our public and private lives. This includes written and spoken communication, problem-solving, and social and cultural awareness. Our lecturers will encourage you to develop a deeper understanding of your own self-identity and social interactions.

Develop important career skills

Language is the most powerful tool for connecting with and understanding the evolving diversity of people and cultures in New Zealand. Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics) puts a strong focus on personal and applied language use, ethnographic analysis, and language forms and structure. This major will help you develop vital career skills.

Specialist language studies and options available

Whether you’re intrigued by the role of language in forensic situations, digital communities, social media, mother-tongue maintenance, or second-language learning, we have a variety of courses on offer. Our courses are taught by leading lecturers in a range of distinctive research areas.

A good fit if you:

  • Like learning languages or have a curiosity about language
  • Enjoy subjects such as English and drama that work with the written and spoken word


Language is vital to human communication. The study of linguistics helps you understand the development of language and can lead to an array of careers. We have graduates working in a range of diverse sectors in many varied roles including:

  • Education: ESOL teacher, language teacher, literacy adviser, university lecturer
  • Business, administration and law: communications adviser, interpreter/translator, forensic document analyst
  • Government departments: policy analyst, researcher, cultural adviser, immigrations officer
  • Publishing, journalism, media and advertising: writer/editor, advertising consultant
  • IT: computer analyst/programmer

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