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Master of Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

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  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Full details can be viewed in the regulations.

Students require:

  • A Bachelor degree with at least a B grade average across the 200-300 level courses AND
  • At least one full-time year of relevant teaching experience (or equivalent)

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) structure

Planning your programme

The Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) is a 180 credit parts-based qualification.

Students can take a mix of internal and distance courses.

In cases of sufficient merit, the Master of Applied Linguistics may be awarded with Distinction or Merit. To be eligible for Distinction or Merit, all requirements must be completed within 18 months of first enrolling for full-time study or within four years of first enrolling for part-time study. Maximum time for completion is five years.

Students must complete Part One (60 credits or 120 credits depending on the pathway selected) in order to progress to Part Two.

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

Students who successfully complete Part One but do not meet the minimum grade average for progression will exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (unendorsed).

This qualification may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

Part One Subject courses (120 credits Coursework Pathway/ 60 credits Research Pathway):

Compulsory course:
272.705 Advanced TESOL for Diverse learners and contexts

Subject courses:
272.702 Second Language Learning Theories and Processes
272.703 Contemporary Approaches to Language Teaching Methodology
272.704 Contextualising Curriculum and Materials Design
272.715 Current Issues in Applied Linguistics

Part Two - Coursework Pathway (60 credits)

272.873 Research Report (60 credits)

Part Two - Research Pathway (120 credits)

272.816 Thesis Part 1 (60 credits) AND
272.817 Thesis Part 2 (60 credits)
272.899 Thesis (120 credits)

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