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Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year full-time; or up to 4 years part-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Making language teaching work in a multilingual world

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics will meet your professional and research needs.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

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:

  • 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 good fit if you:

  • Work in second-language teaching, including TESOL
  • Are passionate about teaching and learning languages
  • Have taught, or are involved in teaching, languages
  • Are curious about how we learn languages and how we teach them
Cindy Tan
English Language Teacher - PaCE, Massey University

“I found the individualised approach offered in the programme extremely rewarding…”

Doing my courses by distance has meant I can conduct my studies in a situated teaching context with practising teaching professionals whose valuable experiences are very helpful.


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.

Take your study to the next level

If you want to take on the challenge of master’s study, you can apply for a Master of Applied Linguistics.

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