University Pathways

University Pathway

University Pathway Postgraduate Programmes


ELA’s postgraduate pathway programmes have been designed to prepare you for the next step in your university journey. 

These programmes will help you develop the language proficiency and academic literacy needed for postgraduate studies through English. 

These are direct entry programmes: successful completion with the required grade will meet the English language requirements for entry to the University of Auckland and a range of other tertiary institutions in New Zealand1.   

There are three programmes available to choose from.  

The most suitable programme for you will depend on your current level of English.  

In these programmes,

 You will learn skills and strategies to:
  • identify academic articles according to their type and purpose  

  • find appropriate academic articles in the University of Auckland’s library databases  

  • identify claims from research relevant to your own research question  

  • think critically, evaluate and reflect on ideas and research  

  • understand the structure and conventions of different types of academic writing genres which are typical at postgraduate level  

  • express ideas clearly in writing   

  • paraphrase and summarise research from academic articles for use in your writing  

  • understand more complex academic articles   
  • follow and cope with lectures, seminars, and group discussions  

  • take concurrent notes while listening   

  • communicate effectively in academic seminars, discussions, and presentations   
  • extend your range and use of academic vocabulary  

  • improve your range and use of key grammatical structures  

 Study Skills
  • understand your strengths and weaknesses as language learners  

  • apply useful learning strategies to manage your own learning  

  • use technology and software to find, organise, and present information  


Some of these programmes are currently available online - please email us for the current status. This course is being offered online (as well as at the ELA Learning Hub on our campus at 67 Symonds St).


1Conditions may apply with some programmes - please enquire with the Enrolment team for more information.