Linguistics explores the way we understand, acquire and use language, both verbally and in writing. Monash University is ranked in the top 20 universities worldwide for Linguistics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013).

This is available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Linguists use data to explore the ways in which language enables human thought and feeling to be revealed in sounds or written shapes, and the ways speakers and listeners navigate this process. Linguistics takes a scientific approach to studying language. It equips students with the analytic skills and theoretical knowledge essential to an understanding of the nature of the world’s languages. 

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

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 local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Complementary Areas of Study

If you want to study Linguistics, you might like to combine it with the study of a language (eg, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish or Ukrainian), Psychology or Education.

Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

Career Prospects

Linguistics graduates will find their skills are relevant to a number of career pathways, including:

  • audiology (hearing, balance and related disorders)
  • creative writing, journalism, media, editing and publishing
  • education, literacy and language teaching
  • foreign affairs, law, immigration and ethnic affairs
  • Indigenous language study
  • social work and counselling
  • translating and interpreting


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