Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics – PGCertAppLing

Opening opportunities for work and research in language teaching.

Type of qualification

Postgraduate certificate

Level of study

Postgraduate study

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.

More about study levels

NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

Find out more about NZQF levels

Time to complete

6 months full-time (60 credits)
Up to 2 years part-time
Part-time available

Where you can study

Distance and online
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Not open to international students

Study a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics – PGCertAppLing

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is for professionals in all areas of second language teaching. It focuses on second-language acquisition, teaching and language use in an increasingly globalised and digitally mediated world.

You can 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:

  • 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
  • bi/multilingualism
  • oral proficiency
  • heritage language learning
  • mother tongue maintenance.

A PGCertAppLing 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 languages and how we teach them.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics you will have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree, or equivalent.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

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:

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 some undergraduate and all 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.

More information

Official regulations

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.

Returning students

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 Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics

If you study full-time you’ll take 60 credits in one semester.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is only available without specialisation (endorsement).

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

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.

Credit summary

60 credits

  • Courses from the Schedule – 60 credits

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.
Choose 60 credits from
Course code: 272702 Second Language Learning Theories and Processes 30 credits

A critical examination of theoretical perspectives accounting for second language learning processes.

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Course code: 272703 Contemporary Approaches to Language Teaching Methodology 30 credits

A critical survey of different approaches and methods used to develop language skills.

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Course code: 272704 Contextualising Curriculum and Materials Design 30 credits

A study of the principles, practice and contextualised nature of curriculum and materials design.

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Course code: 272705 Advanced TESOL for diverse learners and contexts 30 credits

An advanced and critical survey of current trends, policy, theory, and practice for diverse learners and contexts.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 272706 Discourse Analysis 30 credits

An advanced exploration of key theoretical and analytical frameworks in discourse analysis and how to apply these to empirical data in a range of discourse genres.

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Course code: 272707 Language Documentation 30 credits

A practical introduction to language documentation to support language community goals, foregrounding the ethical responsibilities of researchers, while critically reflecting on how language documentation outcomes are communicated to community, academic and general audiences.

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Course code: 272715 Current Issues in Applied Linguistics 30 credits

A critical examination of current issues in applied linguistics research from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

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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.

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.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

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