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. You may also undertake guided research in a topic in Australian Indigenous languages.

The breadth of study areas is greater than typical Master programs in the field, with a range of subjects on offer across applied, theoretical and descriptive linguistics. This allows you to explore the discipline, match your program to your interests, and even incorporate your own language learning. 

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

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.

Career opportunities

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, crosscultural communication 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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