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Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM005

Applied Linguistics is the study of language use in human affairs. Linguistics is the study of human language in its various forms and uses. It addresses both language in general and the properties of individual languages. Linguistics explores the connection between language, culture and knowledge; between discourse, belief and behaviour. It examines the role of language in human communication; the way people use language to interact with one another and their environment; language acquisition; preservation and loss. At the University of Adelaide our research and teaching are informed by the social nature of language and by systemic functional linguistics.

 Applied linguists study many areas of language use, including:

  • learning and teaching languages
  • communication practices in workplaces and in the media
  • language and technology literacy practices
  • language-related learning and communication difficulties.

The study of linguistics will develop professional expertise in fields such as:

  • language, communication and technologies (CALL)
  • language in education (ESL, TESOL, Literacies)
  • language planning and language maintenance
  • languages teaching (first, second and foreign languages)
  • workplace communication
  • Program Structure
    The program combines research and coursework, with a strong focus on fieldwork, classroom research and workplace documentation. Courses are offered face to face, after hours.

    Students complete two courses for the Graduate Certificate and four courses for the Graduate Diploma. Masters students undertake four courses plus the dissertation.
  • Assessment

    See the Postgraduate Handbook on the Linguistics website for details.

  • Related Programs
  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM005
    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $17,000
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent at credit level or higher or a completed Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics at credit level or higher. Applicants for the Masters program should also consider applying for the Graduate Diploma (3GD002) or Graduate Certificate, (3GC002) as these programs are likely to have more flexible entry requirements.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM005

    International applicants

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    IELTS Overall 6.5 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $24,500
    Mid-year entry? Subject to availability
    CRICOS 026903B
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
    Equivalent Scores
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $24,500
    Mid-year entry? Subject to availability
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
  • Areas of Specialisation

    The Discipline of Applied Linguistics, a scholarly research community, is internationally recognised for research in the areas of:

    • ecolinguistics
    • language planning
    • language testing
    • multiliteracies and e-learning environments
    • social practices and language learning
    • workplace communication
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Students choose four courses from the following:

    Please note: Not all courses are offered each year.

    Dissertation: Choose either the Full-Time or Part-Time version:

    Please note: Not all courses are offered each year

  • Career Opportunities

    Postgraduate Applied Linguistics programs are recognised qualifications for language teaching, including teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and teaching languages other than English (LOTE). They are also internationally recognised for professional work in the fields of media, journalism, advertising, translating and interpreting, language documentation and policy management and workplace communication.

    Potential careers

    Linguist, Teacher, Tutor

  • Graduate Attributes
    • A knowledge of the cultural nature of language and the role of language in human communication
    • A specialised understanding of selected topics in Applied Linguistics related to communication in society and language education
    • The ability to identify characteristic language features of social practices
    • The skills to analyse in a principled way different texts and the rhetorical effects of linguistic choices
    • The skills to plan and conduct applied linguistic research into language practices, applying appropriate research procedures
    • An understanding of ethical issues in professional contexts and in the wider community
    • An awareness of linguistic diversity and cross-cultural communication
    • An understanding of language policy, language planning and related social justice issues.
  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Program Rules

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Last updated: Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014


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