Study Linguistics

The Scientific Study of Language 

Studying Linguistics at UNSW will enhance your linguistic expression, improve your ability to learn other languages, and help you develop an appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity.   

Linguistics provides the foundations for an understanding of the organisation, functions and relationship of language in society. The theories, concepts and applications you’ll learn are relevant to all human languages in the world, preparing you for an international career.

Specialise in the Core Areas of Language Structure 

You’ll focus on the traditional core areas of language structure, including the sound system (phonetics and phonology), grammar (morphology and syntax), and meaning (semantics and pragmatics). We’ll teach you to examine how contemporary linguists deal with issues of language acquisition and use, computational applications of linguistics and intercultural communication.

Discover the Impact of Language on Multicultural Communities 

Intercultural communication is a key aspect of the study of human language. You’ll expand your knowledge by studying linguistic diversity in urban settings and indigenous contexts by learning about language policies and how they impact multilingual and multicultural communities. 

Promote Multilingualism, Social Justice & Fight Discrimination  

Our academics and students are highly engaged in working with industry, government and community. You’ll become an advocate in promoting multilingualism, social justice and fighting discrimination based on language. Our students and staff help communities in their efforts to maintain their languages and work with industry partners who support linguistically and culturally diverse clients.  

Join HALSOC, the Voice for Humanities & Linguistics Students at UNSW, where you’ll have access to a variety of resources and skills that will be invaluable in the workplace. The student society is currently focusing on improving awareness of the endangered nature of Aboriginal languages and working to highlight the importance of Australian Sign Language.

Discover the Impact of Language on Multicultural Communities

Intercultural communication is a key aspect of the study of human language. You’ll expand your knowledge by studying linguistic diversity in urban settings and indigenous contexts by learning about language policies and how they impact multilingual and multicultural communities. In a globalised society, these skills are vital for a career in Linguistics.  

Pursue a Career with Linguistics 

Whether it’s studying English, another language, or Indigenous languages, you’ll be prepared for a professional career equipped with a wide range of skills.

Our graduates are employed in highly competitive careers, including those in:

  • Curriculum Design and Development 
  • Editing and Publishing 
  • Government 
  • International Business 
  • Non-Government Organisations 
  • Research 
  • Teaching and Education 
  • Translation and Interpreting 
  • Language Technology and Natural Language Processing

Study with Us

We offer a wide range of courses in our Undergraduate program including the study of the structure and use of language, syntax, phonology, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics and pragmatics, language ecology and typology, and intercultural interaction.

Degree Options

Undergraduate students who achieve high grades in their Linguistics major are eligible to apply for an extra year of study towards an Honours degree. This extra year of study will deepen your understanding of Linguistics and extend your research skills. It also acts as a pathway to Postgraduate Research.

Our Master of Applied Linguistics degree is unique in it's combination of a strong theoretical basis with practical applications. The courses are broad-ranging and cover applications of linguistics in a variety of fields, such as additional language acquisition, learning and teaching, working with bilingual and multicultural communities and expertise in intercultural communication.   

You may also be eligible to apply for a Master in Translation and Interpreting.

We offer a Masters of Arts by Research and a Doctor of Philosophy in both Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. We also welcome applications that compliment our areas of research expertise.

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