The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies offers a wide range of pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate subjects and programmes.

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies has a strong New Zealand and international profile in areas as diverse as:   

  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Linguistic Theory
  • Lexicography
  • New Zealand English
  • New Zealand Sign Language, and
  • Sociolinguistics.

The School offers a wide array of subjects and programmes. These range from a minor in New Zealand Sign Language Studies, courses in Writing to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through to Honours.

The Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching New Zealand Sign Language is offered to those already fluent in New Zealand Sign Language.

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL attracts recent graduates and is taught in the summer trimester.

Our Master's Programme in Applied Linguistics and TESOL attracts students worldwide, as does our PhD qualification.

The Learning Language Centre (LLC) supports the learning and teaching of languages at Victoria University. It has a multimedia resource collection in a range of world languages including English, New Zealand Sign Language and for TESOL, and offers support services and a welcoming study environment for language learning.

Career options

Vic Careers (Career Development and Employment) are available to assist with a wide range of queries - from the general exploration of career ideas and career implications of subject choices, to details of specific jobs, employers, or postgraduate courses. 

Recent graduates of Linguistics considered their study to have been fascinating, stimulating and a useful subject that is very much about people. Many graduates of Linguistics become educators in the tertiary or adult education sectors both in New Zealand and overseas. Read more in the Career View for Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.

Graduates have found work in a number of government departments where information and communication specialists are required. A degree in Linguistics is an excellent basis for many careers in which accomplished written and verbal communication are required, eg:

  • compiling
  • writing
  • editing, and
  • publishing dictionaries.

Read about the experience of two of our students.