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Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics

A single graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Linguistics
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Linguistics
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics requires completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

A minimum 6 units from the following list:

LING8026 Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies (6 units)

LING8027 Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics (6 units)


A maximum of 18 units from the following list:

LING6003 Grammar of the World's Languages (6 units)

LING6005 Language across time (6 units)

LING6008 Semantics (6 units)

LING6010 Sounds of the World's Languages: Phonetics and Phonology (6 units)

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation (6 units)

LING6020 The Structure of English (6 units)

LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication (6 units)

LING6023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making (6 units)

LING6028 Japanese Linguistics (6 units)

LING6034 Communication in Health Care (6 units)

LING6101 Second Language Acquisition (6 units)

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students


Program Indicative Fees

This program is only open to domestic students.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this program.
Please go to Further Information Section for more details.
Indicative CSP fees $1,976

Students unsuccessful in securing a CSP can study as a DTF student. 
Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF) $14, 455
For more information see Fees and Payments page

Credit Granted

Applicants who have completed a degree in a cognate discipline from a recognised university may be eligible to receive coursework credit towards this degree, in line with the ANU Coursework Award Rules.

Cognate Disciplines

Applied Linguistics, Audiology, Communication Studies, International Communication Studies, Languages, Language Teaching, Lexicography, Linguistics, Speech Pathology, TESOL from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent, Translating/Interpreting

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

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? Why does language change over time? What is the relationship between mind and language? The Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics will introduce you to linguistic theory, analysis, and associated methodologies, and offer the opportunity to study language as a cognitive, social, and historical process.

This Graduate Certificate can be completed as a stand alone award, or as a pathway into the Master of General and Applied Linguistics, MLING.

NOTE: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this program. Please go to Further Information Section for more details.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Learning Outcomes

  1. critically discuss core concepts and established theories in the description, analysis and explanation of linguistic phenomena;

  2. identify and analyse linguistic data and other language phenomena using established methods;

  3. critically evaluate knowledge, research and theories about language as represented in academic texts and more general sources; and

  4. communicate about linguistics and applied linguistics topics to specialists and non-specialists.

Further Information

Fee information

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this program are limited, competitive and awarded on academic merit. There is no application process for a CSP. All students commencing in Semester 1 2021 will be ranked according to the GPA of the qualification used as the basis of admission.

For more information see:

Student unsuccessful in securing a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) can undertake the program as domestic tuition full fee (DTF) paying students.

Commonwealth funding for this initiative is only available for 2021. Any remaining courses that are commenced in 2022 would not be Commonwealth supported. 

For more information on Domestic Tuition fees click here .

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