Master of Language and Culture

Study the AUT Master of Language and Culture and further your understanding of multilingualism, cultural competency, discourse, language education, translation and interpreting.

Unique in New Zealand, this new master’s degree provides a fresh and flexible approach to applied and sociolinguistics. You conduct in-depth research and develop high-level reflective, critical, analytical and research tools in your chosen field of language and culture.

The Master of Language and Culture is suitable for professionals and graduates with a background in languages, applied and sociolinguistics, education, translation and interpreting.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7 or equivalent

An applicant’s course of study must be approved by the programme leader prior to enrolment.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who doesn’t meet the requirements  above but who has an appropriate combination of academic and professional experience, may be considered for admission. Contact the programme administrator: cynthia.dsouza@aut.ac.nz

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher

English language requirements

You can choose papers related to your area of interest:

  • Language teaching and learning (including TESOL)
  • Multilingualism, translanguaging and diversity
  • Intercultural communication and competence
  • Research methodology
  • Language and culture analysis
  • Language policy and planning
  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Discourse studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and literacy education
  • Digital literacies
  • The languages you have proficiency in (your home language or those learned at school or university)

A feature of the degree is the opportunity to draw on students’ own linguistic backgrounds in a specific project paper designed to be assessed multilingually, including (but not exclusive to) Samoan, Māori, Cook Islands Māori, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and New Zealand Sign Language.

Classes are led by applied and sociolinguists who are national and international leaders in their areas of expertise. You should discuss your paper choice and study sequence with the programme leader before enrolling in papers.

Complete the following papers

Optional papers

Complete a thesis or dissertation

You need to complete 60 points from papers before you start your thesis (or 120 points if you choose the 60-point dissertation).

With the growth of linguistic and cultural diversity, there’s an urgent demand for graduates who can analyse and apply their advanced professional practice and research to our changed societal conditions.

An advanced understanding of multilingualism and intercultural communication is required in many fields, including:

  • Language teaching and education
  • Language and cultural policy analysis
  • Interpreting (including NZ Sign Language Interpreting)
  • Translation
  • Research
  • Management
  • Industry training
  • Human resources
  • Diplomacy
  • NGO positions
Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1049
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

24 Feb 2020

13 Jul 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$32,120
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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