Master of General and Applied Linguistics

Do you have a passion for languages? Our program focuses on the nature, use and structure of language, as well as how to apply this knowledge in contexts ranging from second language learning and education, social interaction, communication across cultures, intercultural communication to language policy and language politics. This program is for you if you are interested in human linguistic capabilities in general, as well as the description and explanation of particular languages. You can undertake a specialisation in one of 19 languages. The program is designed for people who already have prior knowledge of linguistics or applied linguistics, and also for people coming from cognate areas such as speech pathology, audiology, interpreting or translation studies, language teaching, and editing.

This degree provides you with the opportunity to draw on over thirty linguistics experts as well as expert teachers of many languages.


Linguistics and Translation at ANU

Further studies

Master of General and Applied Linguistics (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification.

Admissions requirements

By transfer from the Master of General and Applied Linguistics, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Career opportunities

The Master of General and Applied Linguistics will advance your career in education, translation and interpreting, language teaching, speech pathology, audiology, editing, language policy, cross-cultural communication, language documentation and other positions in government and private business. It is also a pathway to further studies.

Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
  2. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
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