Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics

The human capacity for language is at the heart of the study of linguistics. The field encompasses the nature of different languages and the nature of language as a cognitive and social phenomenon. It asks questions such as: How do we communicate? In what ways are languages different and similar? How do we learn language? Why does language change over time? What is the relationship between mind and language?

The Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics will introduce you to linguistic theory, analysis, and associated methodologies, and offer the opportunity to study language as a cognitive, social, and historical process.

Study options

Available both full-time (FT) and part-time (PT).

Our Graduate certificates are 1 semester (0.5 year) long full time and part time duration varies depending on how many courses are available each semester.

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Key facts

4 in Australia
53 for Linguistics in World*

0.5 Year FT or 1 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Masters degree available

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830064

Career options

Your Graduate Certificate can lead to a Masters degree, or advance your career in speech technology, education, translation and interpreting, language teaching, speech pathology, audiology, editing, language policy or language documentation.

Hear from our students

If you are doing a full-time job, actually, it is not too difficult to study a course a semester. It just gives you something more interesting to add to your daily life.
Donna Chan , Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics

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Fees, scholarships & apply

Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.


ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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