Welcome to the Master of Applied Linguistics program

The Master of Applied Linguistics is one of the fastest growing fields of study in the humanities and is becoming increasingly recognised for its ability to solve language-related problems at a micro and macro level. Our program was ranked No.17 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2014.

The Master of Applied Linguistics offers professionals in a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to expand their knowledge of how language works in the context of globalisation.

Our program offers 2 streams:

  • General Applied Linguistics
  • Teaching World Englishes for International Communication

International Relevance and Practical Experience

As a student in Monash’s Master of Applied Linguistics program, you will have the opportunity to engage with industry and participate in internships both in Australia and overseas.

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Experiential Learning

As the name suggests, Applied Linguistics is all about giving students opportunities to reflect on the relevance of their learning to their own context. All streams within the degree offer students the opportunity to complete a research project or internship as part of their degree, and the coursework units you take provide regular opportunities to apply your learning to your own context as part of the assessment process.

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Research-led Teaching

As a student in the Master of Applied Linguistics you will have the opportunity to be taught by academics who are leading scholars in their field.

Our lecturers conduct research in areas such as computer-mediated communication, language and identity, intercultural communication and second language learning and teaching.

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International Opportunities

The Monash Master of Applied Linguistics can be studied either on-campus in Melbourne or fully online, making it accessible to students based all over the world.

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All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash Abroad.

Study Streams

Master of Applied Linguistics students study core units, as well as units selected from one of the following streams on offer.

EIL

Teaching World Englishes for International Communication

This stream addresses both the theory and practice of teaching English as an international language. It examines the implications of the global spread of English and development of world Englishes for the field of English language teaching.

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General Applied Linguistics

This stream is designed to give students a strong understanding of language structures and use across a variety of languages. In the core units, students explore the sounds and grammar of Australian English and how these differ from other English varieties and other languages around the world.

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How to Study

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Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

Click here for Scholarships and Funding information for domestic and international students.

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

A small number of CSP places are available for some of our Masters programs. Refer to Fees and Entry Requirements (above) to check availability of CSP places for this course. Where places are available we automatically assess all eligible applicants before semester one and two for this award. High-achieving students should ensure they apply before the advertised deadline for the relevant intake to be ranked for potential selection. Applications received after the deadline may be accepted for a full-fee place, however will not be considered for a Commonwealth Supported place.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

What Our Alumni Think

Monash graduates have found employment in government, non-government and private sector organisations both in Australia and internationally.

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Meet Our Academic Teaching Staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.

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Dr Louisa Willoughby

Dr Louisa Willoughby is the coordinator for the General Applied Linguistics stream and is a sociolinguist/applied linguist working in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.

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Dr Zhichang Xu

Dr Zhichang Xu is the stream coordinator for the International Language Stream and is a lecturer in English as an International Language (EIL).

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Dr Robyn Spence-Brown

Dr Robyn Spence-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and supervises postgraduate students and conducts research in the areas of Japanese language learning and applied linguistics more generally.

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Contact us

For course information and other general questions, please visit our future student enquiries page.
Call us on 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)
From outside Australia phone  +61 3 9902 6011