Master of Linguistics – Scholarship

Department of Linguistics

Master of Linguistics (MLING)

 A College of Arts Postgraduate Strategic Award

We are pleased to be able to offer a UC College of Arts Postgraduate Strategic Award, covering fees at the domestic student rate for the Masters of Linguistics (MLING) programme run by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury.

The MLING is a 12 month programme (full time) and includes three taught courses and a 25,000 word research thesis. Taught courses typically run in Semesters 1 and 2 (Feb-Jun; July-Oct) and the thesis runs for a 12 month period (e.g. Feb – Feb; July – July). Students are eligible to apply to enter the MLING direct from a Bachelor’s degree (i.e. an Honours degree is not required – see admission criteria below).

The scholarship covers fees for the three taught courses and the thesis component of the MLING, at the domestic student rate, representing a saving of approximately $10,500 for the successful applicant.

Thesis research: ‘The Linguistics/Sociolinguistics of New Zealand English’

The successful applicant is required to write a thesis within the broad theme of ‘The Linguistics/Sociolinguistics of New Zealand English’. This is an area of research strength for the UC Department of Linguistics and the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour. The theme is intentionally broad and would include (but not be limited to) projects in areas such as: language production and perception, language variation and change, corpus sociophonetics, and the relationship between language variation and syntactic or phonological theory. It is likely, but not required, that the scholarship recipient would utilise one of the unique corpora held at UC, such as the ONZE (Origins of New Zealand English) corpus, or the QuakeBox corpus.

Scholarship requirements

Applicants for the scholarship are required to write a short research proposal, outlining their ideas for their research project. This should be no longer than 2000 words, and should include: a brief introduction to the research project, a summary of key literature, and the key question(s) to be asked. Applicants are advised to consult the research areas of the members of staff in the Department of Linguistics, in order to identify potential supervisors (

There are no restrictions on the taught courses which can be taken, although of course the recipient of the scholarship would need to demonstrate appropriate academic background for each course.

The successful applicant would begin the MLING programme in February 2017. Courses available in 2017 are: LING403 Syntactic Theory; LING615 World Englishes; LING407 Field Methods; LING410 Variation and Theory; LING412 Sociophonetic Research. (Note: at least four of these courses will run, but the exact combination depends on student numbers – if you have questions about specific courses, please contact the Postgraduate Co-ordinator Dr Heidi Quinn,


MLING admission criteria

A candidate for the MLING needs to have either:

  • qualified for a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Linguistics, with at least a B+ average in 60 points in Linguistics at 300 level; OR
  • qualified for a Bachelor’s degree and completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts in Linguistics with at least a B+ average in 60 points in Linguistics at 300 level; OR
  • qualified for a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Computer Science, a language, or a different major approved by the Head of Department of Linguistics, with at least a B+ average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject, AND achieved at least a B+ in LING400 English Structures (a distance-learning course which runs over the summer); OR
  • been admitted under the Regulations for admission ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Degree of Master of Linguistics.

In addition, all candidates must have met UC’s English Language requirements. See here:

Application process

There are two steps: applicants should apply for the scholarship to the Department of Linguistics, and at the same time apply to the University of Canterbury for admission to the MLING programme.

Applying to the Department of Linguistics for the scholarship

Send the following documents to Dr Kevin Watson, Head of Department, by email (

  • covering letter, providing details about your current academic programme (e.g. your major, minor (if applicable), any postgraduate qualifications, whether you have already graduated or will graduate soon), and whether you have any research experience and/or outputs (e.g. work as a research assistance, presenting work at academic conferences, publications)
  • A current academic transcript, detailing your grades
  • A short research proposal, outlining the work you wish to undertake in your MLING thesis (see above for more detailed instructions)
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees, who may be contacted during the application process.

Applying to the University of Canterbury for admission to the MLING

Information about applying to UC can be found  here:

Applications are processed via MyUC, the University of Canterbury’s online portal. After registering with the system, applicants can apply for UC programmes and are guided through the process online. MyUC can be found here:

Key dates

31 October: Application deadline (Department application and UC application)

18 November: Decisions announced

5 December: Final date for successful applicant to accept award and complete all required paperwork

Important note

To be awarded the scholarship, the successful applicant must have submitted all paperwork and accepted the offer of a place on the MLING by 5 December 2016. Failure to do this will result in a forfeit of the award.

Have questions? Ask Kevin Watson (

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