Applied Linguistics

Overview

Studying the human language

Do you have a deep interest in the workings of language?

The Master of Applied Linguistics at UNSW is a professionally relevant Masters degree for students intrigued by the complex relationship between structural and functional elements of language and its social, cognitive and cultural manifestations.

Our postgraduate linguistics courses also provide a base for a variety of practical applications including the teaching and learning of foreign languages, interpreting and translation, and providing linguistic support for professions such as law and medicine.

Program outcomes for applied linguistics

The Master of Applied Linguistics is equally suitable for those already working as a language professional, as well as those wishing to enter the field.

Your study of linguistics will allow you to develop specialist knowledge guided by contemporary applied linguistics theory and practice. Our postgraduate program is also directed by current vocational demands and your own professional ambitions.

As a student of our linguistics masters program, your advanced education in applied linguistics theory and practice will prepare you for a successful career as a linguistics specialist in areas such as language acquisition and pathology, language policy and planning, and language use in multicultural environments.

Structure

The Master of Applied Linguistics is structured to acknowledge and recognise the skills that individuals bring to their postgraduate education.

More experienced students will undertake a streamlined Masters degree for 1 year (48 units of credit) while students with less professional experience will study for 1.5 years (72 units of credit).


1 year plan (48 units of credit)

This is for students who have completed a relevant Honours degree or Graduate Diploma, or those who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree and one year professional experience. Please read the entry requirements section (see below) for full eligibility criteria.

The 1 year plan allows suitably experienced students to fast track their postgraduate study, completing their Master of Applied Linguistics in just one year. During this period, students will complete 48 units of credit, usually 8 courses.


1.5 year plan (72 units of credit)

This is for students who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree but have limited professional experience.

Students who have completed undergraduate studies in any discipline but have professional experience in a relevant field may also be eligible. Please read the entry requirements section (see below) for full eligibility criteria.

The 1.5 year plan will deepen your contextual knowledge of applied linguistics with the addition of a choice of four electives.


What will you study?

Core courses

All students will complete the following core courses:

  • The Grammar of English
  • The Structure of Language
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • The Use of Language
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Bilingualism
  • Cross-cultural Pragmatics
  • Linguistics of Spoken English
  • Psycholinguistic Inquiry

Electives

Students on the 1.5 year plan must also choose an additional 4 elective courses from the following:

  • Ethnographic Methodology
  • Experimental Research Design
  • Survey Research
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Research Methods 
  • Linguistics and Cognitive Science
  • Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Advanced Topics in Second Language Acquisition
  • Thesis Writing 1: Applied Linguistics*
  • Thesis Writing 2*
  • Media Translation
  • Text Analysis for Translation

*Subject to approval

Entry requirements

Students must meet one of the following selection criteria for entry to the 1 year or 1.5 year Master of Applied Linguistics program.


1 year plan

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

1.5 year plan

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%).
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (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 (65%).

Relevant disciplines and experience

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

Relevant professional experience includes: work in a language-related area including teaching English as a second or foreign language or a language other than English, translating and interpreting, curriculum design, and other appropriate language professions.

*one year full-time or part-time equivalent.


Entry score calculator

Not sure if your past academic achievements are equivalent to a UNSW credit average?

Use the UNSW postgraduate coursework entry Entry Score score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

The results will help you determine whether your undergraduate grades make you competitive for entry to postgraduate coursework programs at UNSW.

Careers

Applied linguistics in practice

Graduates of the Master of Applied Linguistics from UNSW are in high demand. This postgraduate degree offers a variety of career options in Australia and internationally.

Your advanced education in applied linguistics theory and practice will prepare you for a successful career as a linguistics specialist in areas such as:

  • language acquisition and pathology
  • language policy and planning
  • language education in multicultural environments including ESL and EFL (TESOL) teaching in private schools in Australia and overseas

You will be trained to excel in professions such as academic and educational publishing, language technology, and government and private language education institutions.

High achieving students in the Master of Applied Linguistics are encouraged to pursue a research pathway as part of their degree, preparing them for an academic career.

Opportunities

Research pathways in linguistics

Our new straightforward research pathways are open to our high achieving Master of Applied Linguistics students seeking further study in a Higher Degree by Research.

Students will complete a PhD or Masters by Research on a topic of particular interest in applied linguistics, under expert supervision.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:


If you are a current student who commenced studying prior to 2015, please see the 2014 handbook for full information about your program.

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