Master 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?

You will focus on the nature and structure of language, as well as how to apply this knowledge in areas such as first and second language acquisition, communication within and across cultures, translation, forensic linguistics, language variation, language assessment, language policy and dictionary-making.

The breadth of study areas is greater than typical Master programs in the field, with a range of subjects across applied, theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

Our scholarship programs are designed to support students from diverse backgrounds and abilities, and we automatically consider applicants for some of them upon application. Applications for Semester 2, 2024 are now open and domestic applications close on 8 July, 2024.

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Key facts

4 in Australia
53 for Linguistics in World*

1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Advanced option available

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830052
CRICOS Code: 108329M

Career options

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

Knowledge of how language works, how languages are learnt and what language does in society is relevant to a wide range of jobs and professions. Key work-related skills developed in the Master program are: language data collection and linguistic analysis, general research skills, writing skills and proficiency in another language.

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Languages are things that we usually take for granted since they are around us from birth, so it is very fascinating to actually see how the system of languages works through studying linguistics.
Angel , Master of General and Applied Linguistics

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Tuition fees

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