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Master of Applied Linguistics

Overview

Applied Linguistics is the study of how languages are used and how they can be analyzed, learned, and best be taught.

Understanding how languages are used is crucial in understanding human behaviour as we grow, live, work and interact with each other, whether in the home, school, work, or across international boundaries, cultures and customs. 

Our program in Applied Linguistics is a quality professional development program for Australian and International language professionals in second language teaching, learning and use. Courses are designed around the practical applications of language studies which will improve your understanding of how language works in a wide range of social and professional environments.

Students can complete a range of courses covering the analysis of language in use and have the option to take a selection of elective courses to tailor the program to their individual learning goals. There are two fields of study students can choose from: TESOL or Language and Discourse Analysis (new in 2023). In the TESOL field of study take a number of courses dedicated to issues in teaching English around the world. Those in the Language and Discourse Analysis field of study will take courses covering a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches to language in use.

The Master of Applied Linguistics prepares graduates to be employable across a range of industries including education, translation, editing, publishing, language data analysis and language technologies.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5592
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$33632 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time (only available as full-time study)
1.5 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
2 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5592
CRICOS Code
082604D
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures, an international leader in the teaching of interpreting and translation.
  • Work with and learn from more than 50 leading researchers who specialise in a diverse range of disciplines.
  • Specialise in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Studies or Language Discourse studies.

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2022

62 in the world for English language and literature

QS World University Rankings 2022

Watch Study Applied Linguistics at UQ on YouTube.

Fields of study

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Concepts in Applied Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language, Culture and Communication

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Linguistics researcher
  • Interpreter
  • International business consultant
  • TESOL teacher
  • Language teacher
  • Language program manager

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

It's possible to complete this degree in 2 years, 1.5 years or 1 year depending on your qualifications and experience.

You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. You may also be eligible to apply for credit or exemptions to shorten your degree further. You'll graduate with the same qualification no matter how long you take to complete the degree.

2-year degree (32 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

1.5-year degree (24 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

¿ a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or

¿ a graduate certificate* (or equivalent) in applied linguistics, or

¿ a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, plus 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

*Please note if a graduate certificate is used as the basis of entry into the program and you do not have a degree in a relevant discipline, you will not be eligible for credit towards the Masters program.

1-year degree (16 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

¿ a bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or

¿ a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and a graduate diploma in education.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include English and/or LOTE, literature, English language teaching, applied linguistics, linguistics, language data analysis or translation and interpreting.

You must have completed at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Relevant work experience

Work experience should be in a paid rather than volunteer capacity.

Relevant work experience, which should be supported with evidence (see below), includes work:

• in TESOL or language teaching, or as a materials developer, learning designer, administrator or assessor in a school, tertiary or professional language education setting, or

• in linguistics, applied linguistics, language data analysis, or translation and interpreting, or

• in any other profession in which a portfolio was built up demonstrating applied linguistics expertise.

Evidence of relevant work experience should include a letter from your employer (and/or previous employers)* stating the following:

• that you work (or worked) within the specified organisation

• the nature of your duties (e.g. what research you undertook)

• the length that you were there (i.e. 2 years)

• the level at which you worked (full-time, part-time or casual), including the average number of contact hours per week.

* in English, or the original with a certified translation to English.

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Applied Linguistics are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a dynamic, global profession.

The TESOL field is a professional development program for experienced teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Research and project options are available, particularly for students intending to continue on to higher research degrees. English is the international language of business, education and cross-cultural communication, so qualified TESOL professionals are in great demand worldwide.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a dynamic, global profession.

The TESOL field is a professional development program for experienced teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Research and project options are available, particularly for students intending to continue on to higher research degrees. English is the international language of business, education and cross-cultural communication, so qualified TESOL professionals are in great demand worldwide.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $33,632

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Applied Linguistics is 5592.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. If you don't meet the requirements for your first preference, we'll automatically consider you for entry into a longer duration.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Applying online

All domestic applications should be submitted to UQ.

The program code for the Master of Applied Linguistics is 5592.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. You can also ask us to consider you for a longer duration if you don't meet the entry requirements for your first preference.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in Semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

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