Overview

Do you have a deep interest in the workings of language? The Master of Applied Linguistics is a professionally relevant degree for students intrigued by the complex relationship between structural and functional elements of language and its social, cognitive and cultural manifestations.

The degree focuses on the traditional core areas of language structure, including the sound system (phonetics and phonology), grammar (morphology and syntax) and meaning (semantics and pragmatics). You will also examine how contemporary linguists deal with issues of language acquisition and use, and intercultural communication. You can expand your knowledge by studying linguistic diversity in urban settings and Indigenous contexts or by learning about language policies which impact multilingual and multicultural communities.

Program Code

8236

CRICOS Code

083248M

Total units of credit (UOC)

96

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

25

Why choose this degree?

Your advanced education in applied linguistics will prepare you for a successful career as a linguistics specialist.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree will suit anyone interested in teaching or learning foreign languages, interpreting and translation, or providing linguistic support for professions such as law and medicine.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Applied Linguistics leads to careers in of the field of foreign and second language education, including
  • Teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Consultancy in inter-cultural communication
  • Discourse analysis for corporations and market research,
  • Advocacy for linguistically disadvantaged groups including refugees and immigrants
  • Language policy advisory role in government departments,
  • Policy and curriculum development in bilingual and second language contexts
  • Corpus linguistics for computer science
  • Researching diverse aspects of second language acquisition and language use in society

Entry requirements

For the 1 year stream (A)

  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma* (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience.

For the 1.5 year stream (B)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience.
  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma* (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

For the 2 year stream (C)

  • A Bachelor Degree or equivalent with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

*It is expected that a Graduate Diploma will have been completed after an undergraduate degree.

Relevant disciplines include Linguistics; Languages; TESOL; Cognitive Science; Speech Pathology; Interpreting and Translation; Health Sciences.

Applicants with a degree in a discipline not listed here but who wish to make a case for its academic relevance to these programs should enquire here: studyarts@unsw.edu.au

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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Fees

Indicative First Year Fee

$25,920*

Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

$53,280*

* Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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