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Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics

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

  • Minimum 24 Units
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  • Minimum 24 Units
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Program Requirements

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

6-12 units from completion of core courses from the following list:

LING8013 Language and Society

LING8004 Foundations of the Study of Language

6-18 units from completion of disciplinary courses from any one or more of the following thematic lists:

Structural Linguistics

LING6003 Grammar of the World's Languages

LING6008 Semantics

LING6010 Sounds of the World's Languages: Phonetics and Phonology

LING6026 Topics in Advanced Syntax and Morphology

LING6035 Semantic Typology

LING6525 Special Topics in Linguistics

Language learning

LING6013 Teaching Languages

LING6023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making

LING6029 Language, Assessment and Policy

LING6101 Second Language Acquisition

LING6521 Child Language Acquisition

Language in society

LING6016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia

ASIA8051 Language and Power in Asia and the Pacific

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation

LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication

LING6034 Communication in Heath Care

LING6105 Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction

LING6036 Advanced Sociolinguistics

Forensic Linguistics

LING6105 Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law

LING6032 Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice and Text Comparison


Language documentation and language change

ASIA6308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

LING6005 Language across time

LING6018 Languages in Contact

LING6038 Corpus Linguistics

Language-specific linguistics

LING6020 The Structure of English

LING6028 Japanese Linguistics

LING6030 Advanced Academic English

LING6040 Austronesian Languages

LING6031 Papuan Languages

LING6017 Chinese Linguistics

Research methods

LING8026 Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies

LING8027 Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics

LING6009 Field Methods in Linguistics

A maximum of 6 units of 1000, 2000, or 3000 level language courses from the following language programs:

Indigenous Australian Language courses: INDG2003, INDG2004, INDG2005, INDG2006

AGRK-MAJ Ancient Greek

ARAB-MAJ Arabic Language

BURM-MIN Burmese Language

CHIN-MAJ Chinese Language

FREN-MAJ French Language and Culture

GERM-MAJ German Language and Culture

HIND-MAJ Hindi Language

INDN-MAJ Indonesian Language

ITAL-MAJ Italian Language and Culture

JPNS-MAJ Japanese Language

KORE-MAJ Korean Language


MNGL-MIN Mongolian Language

PERS-MAJ Persian Language and Culture

PORT Portuguese Language courses

RUSS-MIN Russian

SANS-MAJ Sanskrit Language

SPAH-MAJ Spanish

TETM-MIN Tetum Language

THAI-MAJ Thai Language

TOKP-MIN Tok Pisin Language

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

All applicants must meet the English language admission requirements and post-admission support.

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

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

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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.

As language assumes ever greater importance in an interconnected, multilingual world, the study of linguistics and applied linguistics is relevant to a growing number of careers from language teaching to natural language processing. In the Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics, you will have the opportunity to explore selected topics across general and applied linguistics areas such as structural linguistics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, language contact, language teaching, language and culture, social interaction, forensic linguistics and language documentation. The program explores questions such as:


How do we learn language?

What are effective ways of teaching languages?

In what ways are languages different and similar?

How and why does language change over time?

How are language and culture connected?


The program is well-suited to people wishing to expand their knowledge about language for professional development, as well as to those who are considering further study. The Graduate Certificate also offers the option of studying a language for people wishing to develop their proficiency in an additional language or even to start learning a new language. Language teachers can customise the program so that it encompasses both practical and theoretical dimensions of their professional development. This Graduate Certificate can be completed as a stand alone award, or as a pathway into the Master of General and Applied Linguistics.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. critically examine literature, theories, ideologies and applied practices relevant to diverse linguistic and sociocultural phenomena;
  2. apply established theoretical frameworks to the identification, description, analysis and explanation of linguistic data and language use;
  3. synthesise relevant literature and other information sources to form cogent interpretations;
  4. recognise research principles and methods used to investigate language-related questions;
  5. communicate clearly and knowledgeably about language-related topics to academic, professional and general audiences.
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