Master of Applied Linguistics


Potential students might be teachers of English or other languages, language professionals (such as speech pathologists, audiologists, translators or interpreters) or graduates who wish to pursue careers in areas which emphasize an understanding of language use and intercultural communication.

The Master of Applied Linguistics is designed for students who already have prior knowledge of linguistics or applied linguistics, but who would like to further their knowledge of applied linguistics at a graduate level.

The Master of Applied Linguistics is ideal as a professional development program, as an opportunity to explore a new area of interest, or as a pathway to further research in applied linguistics. The program offers a range of applied linguistics courses which enable students to develop basic and advanced understanding of applied linguistics, and, if they wish, to continue to the Master of Applied Linguistics (Research) by undertaking research training through writing a thesis.

Typical courses

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making
  • Graduate Reading Course (Linguistics)
  • Language and Culture
  • Language and Society
  • Language in Indigenous Australian Society
  • Language Policy and Language Politics
  • Language Power and Identity
  • Readings in Applied Linguistics
  • Research Design in (Applied) Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Languages
  • The Structure of English
  • Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials
  • Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts
  • TESOL (offered through other universities)

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Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area ie Linguistics or Applied Linguistics from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Linguistics.