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Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.
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Study a Master of Applied Linguistics – MAppLing
The Master of Applied Linguistics provides professionals in all areas of second-language teaching (including Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a combination of professional and research skills which 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-life language issues in our globalised, and digitally mediated world.
Draw on Massey’s research strengths
Massey’s research strengths include:
- heritage language learning
- mother tongue maintenance
- online second-language communities
- distance/online language learning
- sociocultural adjustment of international students and their teachers to their presence in New Zealand universities
- language learning and emotion
- oral proficiency
- teaching and assessment
- language education policy.
In the Master of Applied Linguistics you’ll complete a research report (60 credits) or thesis (120 credits). Recent areas of student research include:
- investigating needs of non-income-earning students in community English classes
- the development of teacher identity among student teachers in Thailand
- navigating cultural conflict and dissonance in the immigrant ESL classroom
- the role of motivational beliefs in self-regulated learning for Kanji acquisition
- vocational tertiary students’ imagined experiences of learning English with native speakers in an Indonesian rural setting
- perceptions of Bhutanese students, parents and teachers of their learning progress in a New Zealand secondary school
- a case study of teacher beliefs and student attitudes on L1 use in multilingual classrooms.
A MAppLing is a good fit if you:
- work in second-language teaching including TESOL
- are passionate about teaching and learning languages
- are curious about how we learn and teach languages
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Applied Linguistics you will:
- have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor degree with at least a B grade average across the 200-300 level courses, and
- have completed relevant teaching and related experience approved by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as appropriate for entry, or
- have been awarded or qualified for a postgraduate diploma in second language teaching or a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics, or equivalent, with at least a B+ grade average for entry to the Research Pathway, or at least a B grade average for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
You will need to supply a copy of your CV (Curriculum Vitae) containing details of teaching and related work experience.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Get advice button on this page.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.
Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
- Look for information under ‘Student Progression’ in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- Contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Structure of the Master of Applied Linguistics
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.
The Master of Linguistics is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second, etc.
At least a B grade average is required in the Part One courses (120 credits) for progression to Part Two - Coursework Pathway.
At least a B+ grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Research Pathway.
Courses and specialisations
- Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
- Course code
- Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
- Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
- Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
- Part One courses – 120 credits
- Part Two research report – 60 credits
- Part One courses – 60 credits
- Part Two Thesis – 120 credits
A specialisation (subject) is optional, requiring 180 credits from the subject.
Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements and have been granted credit for it, may be able to complete this degree in 60 - 120 credits.
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (60 credits)
Course code: 272702 Second Language Learning Theories and Processes credits 30
A critical examination of theoretical perspectives accounting for second language learning processes.View full course details
Course code: 272703 Contemporary Approaches to Language Teaching Methodology credits 30
A critical survey of different approaches and methods used to develop language skills.View full course details
Course code: 272704 Contextualising Curriculum and Materials Design credits 30
A study of the principles, practice and contextualised nature of curriculum and materials design.View full course details
Course code: 272715 Current Issues in Applied Linguistics credits 30
A critical examination of current issues in applied linguistics research from both theoretical and practical perspectives.View full course details
Part Two: Coursework Pathway (Choose 60 credits from)
Course code: 272873 Research Report credits 60
A supervised and guided independent study.View full course details
Part Two: Research Pathway (Choose 120 credits from)
Course code: 272816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 credits 60
Course code: 272817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 credits 60
Course code: 272899 Thesis credits 120
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation.
Fees and scholarships
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
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Careers and job opportunities
With a Master of Applied Linguistics, you’ll be prepared for careers in language teaching, research and practice in national and 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.