Linguistics and applied language studies

Skills in the description of language and language use can serve you in diverse careers from language teacher to software engineer.

Can we define characteristics of possible versus impossible languages? What might be the best way to learn a language?

The study of Linguistics offers ways of addressing such questions and supplies tools to explore the structure of language and how it is used in a scientific way..


The reason most typically given by graduates of Linguistics for why they studied the subject is that it is a fascinating, stimulating and useful subject that has many applications in the "real world". Students also consider that Linguistics helps them to use both spoken and written language more effectively. Linguistics complements many other areas of study like Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Management, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Science, and of course, Languages.

Applied Language Studies

The nature of Applied Language Studies is illustrated by activities in the School of Linguistics and Applied Languages such as the Applied Linguistics and Writing programmes, the Deaf Studies Research Unit, and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre. On Applied Linguistics courses students learn to describe language and language use in a way that helps second language learners to understand it. They will understand the psychological processes of learning and using a second language and know how to provide the best learning experiences for language learners. The Second Language Education major is useful for those who are considering a career in second language teaching

Where Linguistics and Applied Language Studies graduates work

  • Education
  • Training and development, including developing online learning and instructional design
  • Research and administration
  • Software testing and development
  • Library and information management
  • Advertising, marketing, market research and public relations
  • Media, journalism and content
  • Website development and design
  • Interpreting and translating

Skills Linguistics and Applied Language students develop

  • Research and project management skills
  • Critical analysis skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ethics, tolerance and interpersonal skills