single degree

Master of General and Applied Linguistics

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics

MGAL
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Linguistics
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Linguistics
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of General and Applied Linguistics requires completion of 72 units which must consist of:

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

LING8013 Language and Society

LING8004 Foundations of the Study of Language

 

12 units from completion of research methods courses from the following list:

LING8026 Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies

LING8027 Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics

 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of disciplinary courses from any 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

LING6033 Advanced Sociophonetics

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

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

 

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

LING6529 The History of the English Language

LING6009 Field Methods in Linguistics

 

Language-specific linguistics

HUMN8032 Writing for the Research Process

LING6016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia

LING6020 The Structure of English

LING6028 Japanese Linguistics

LING6030 Advanced Academic English

LING6040 Austronesian Languages

LING6031 Papuan Languages

 

A minimum of 12 units from completion of research project courses from the following list:

ASIA6308 Linguistic histories in Asia and the Pacific

HUMN8030 Digital Humanities and Public Culture Research Project

HUMN8031 Digital Humanities and Public Culture Research Project (Advanced)

LING6005 Language Across Time

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

LING6016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia

LING6023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making

LING6028 Japanese Linguistics

LING6029 Language, Assessment and Policy

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation

LING6026 Topics in Advanced Syntax and Morphology

LING6036 Advanced Sociolinguistics

LING6101 Second Language Acquisition

LING6035 Semantic Typology

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction

LING6521 Child Language Acquisition

LING6525 Special Topics in Linguistics

LING6040 Austronesian Languages

LING6034 Communication in Health Care

LING6031 Papuan Languages

LING8001 Graduate Reading Course (Linguistics)

LING8003 Readings in Applied Linguistics

 

A maximum of 18 units comprising 1000, 2000, or 3000 level language courses from the following languages:

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

LATN-MAJ Latin

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

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

 

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

 

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

 

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 

 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 

 

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

 

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

 

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree , Honours degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$45,360.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

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 Master of General and Applied Linguistics, you will have the opportunity to explore diverse topics across general and applied linguistics areas including 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:


In what ways are languages different and similar?

How and why does language change over time?

How are language and culture connected?

How do we learn language?

What are effective ways of teaching languages?


You will engage deeply with current research, explore both established and more recent research methods, and carry out guided research activities in linguistics and applied linguistics. The program is well-suited to people wishing to expand their knowledge about language for professional purposes as well as to those who are considering further research. The degree also offers the optional opportunity to study a broad range of languages for people wishing to develop their proficiency in an additional language or even to start learning a new language. Eligible students in this program can transfer to the Master of General and Applied Linguistics Advanced program to do a thesis. 

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.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2022

Employment Opportunities

The Master of General and Applied Linguistics will advance your career in education, translation and interpreting, language teaching, speech pathology, audiology, editing, language policy, cross-cultural communication, language documentation and other positions in government and private business. It is also a pathway to further studies.

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 and to identify research gaps;

  4. apply research principles and methods to language-related questions;

  5. communicate clearly and knowledgeably about language-related topics to academic, professional and general audiences.

Further Information

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list. Contact the Program Convener for assistance with planning your program to meet your goals.

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