Admission requirements for 2020 are currently under review, please note the admission requirements listed on this page relate to 2019 admissions.

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Master of General and Applied Linguistics

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

MGAL
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Linguistics
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Linguistics
  • Academic contact

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 Master of General and Applied Linguistics offers the opportunity to explore these and many other questions through an especially broad selection of topics. The program will provide you with a solid grounding in linguistic theory, analysis and associated methodologies, and offers the opportunity to study language as a cognitive, social and historical process. Students can also study a broad range of languages as part of the degree.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. apply established theoretical frameworks critically and creatively at an advanced level to the description, analysis and explanation of linguistic data and language use;

  2. identify sources of linguistic data, and evaluate the reliability of those sources and their relevance to theoretical issues;

  3. research complex language phenomena using a variety of sources and techniques, and communicate this research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences; and

  4. apply a sophisticated understanding of language and its use to real-world language contexts.

Inherent Requirements

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Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

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

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

Applications for course credit
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$41,280.00

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.

Program Requirements

The Master of General and Applied Linguistics requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of introductory graduate linguistics courses from the following list:

LING6001 Introduction to the Study of Language

LING6002 Language and Society

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

LING6013 Teaching Languages

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation

LING6018 Languages in Contact

LING6020 The Structure of English

LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication

LING6105 Language and the law: introduction to forensic linguistics

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction

 

A maximum of 24 units from completion of disciplinary courses from any of the following lists:

Structural Linguistics

LING6003 Introduction to Syntax

LING6008 Semantics

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

LING6026 Syntactic Theory

LING6033 Advanced Sociophonetics

LING6525 Special Topics in Linguistics

 

Language learning

LING6013 Teaching Languages

LING6023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making

LING6029 Assessing Language

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

LING6022 Language Policy and Language Politics

LING6034 Communication in Heath Care

LING6103 Language, Power, and Identity

LING6105 Language and the law: introduction to forensic linguistics

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction

 

Forensic Linguistics

LING6105 Language and the law: introduction to forensic linguistics

LING6032 Advanced 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

 

Language-specific linguistics

ARAB6505 Introductory Course to Arabic Linguistics

JPNS6024 Japanese Grammar

JPNS6512 Teaching Japanese: Content

JPNS6513 Japanese - English Translation

JPNS6514 Teaching Japanese Method

LANG6004 Language and Society in Latin America

LING6016 Language in Indigenous Australia

LING6017 Chinese Linguistics

LING6020 The Structure of English

LING6027 Language and Society in Latin America

LING6028 Japanese Linguistics

LING6030 Advanced Academic English

LING6040 Austronesian Languages

LING6031 Papuan Languages

PASI6010 Talking the Pacific: Melanesian pidgins and creoles in social context

SPAN6022 Intermediate Spanish II (Language and Linguistics)

SPAN6509 Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics

SPAN6514 The Structure of Spanish

SPAN6516 History of the Spanish Language: A Linguistic Time Travel

SPAN6518 The Sounds of Spanish

SPAN6604 Multilingualism and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

 

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

LING8026 Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies

LING8027 Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics

 

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

LING6009 Field Methods in Linguistics

HUMN8032 Writing for the Research Process

 

A minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 24 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)

JPNS6028 Teaching Japanese: Content

LING6005 Language Across Time

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

LING6016 Language in Indigenous Australia

LING6017 Chinese Linguistics

LING6023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making

LING6028 Japanese Linguistics

LING6029 Assessing Language

LING6101 Second Language Acquisition

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

SPAN6022 Intermediate Spanish II (Language and Linguistics)

SPAN6514 The Structure of Spanish

SPAN6604 Multilingualism and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

 

A maximum of 24 units from completion of courses from any of the following language specialisations:

Ancient Greek Language and Culture

Arabic Language and Culture

Australian Indigenous Languages and Society

Burmese Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture

English Language

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language and Culture

Indonesian Language and Culture

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture

Korean Language and Culture

Latin Language and Culture

Mongolian language and Culture

Persian Language and Culture

Portuguese Language and Culture

Russian Language and Culture

Sanskrit Language and Culture

Spanish Language and Culture

Tetum Language and Culture

Thai Language and Culture

Tok Pisin Language and Culture

Vietnamese Language and Culture

 

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

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.

Hurdle Requirements

Students must complete the Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in order to commence the Master degree.

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Introductory Graduate Linguistics Course 6 units Introductory Graduate Linguistics Course 6 units Introductory Graduate Linguistics Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units
Introductory Graduate Linguistics Course 6 units Research Methods Course 6 units Research Methods Course 6 units Research Methods Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Research Methods Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units
ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
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