Welcome to the Master of Applied Linguistics program

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 linguistics 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 specialisations:

  • 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.

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 specialisations within the degree offer high-achieving students the opportunity to complete a research project or internship as part of their degree, and the coursework units provide regular opportunities to apply your learning to your own context as part of the assessment process.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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

Study specialisations

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

Teaching World Englishes for International Communication

This specialisation 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.

The specialisation recognises that successful learning of English for international communication in the 21st century requires sound knowledge of English as an international language and intercultural communication skills.

Specifically, the specialisation focuses on the pedagogy of intercultural communication, which is central to the teaching of English as an international language, and explores in great depth the global diversity of the English language, through the study of world Englishes.

General Applied Linguistics

This specialisation 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. Students also explore how we use language differently according to context and how language varies between different social groups. In elective units, students have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as literacy, second language acquisition or language and identity.

This specialisation is ideal for a range of professionals, including interpreters, editors, policy makers and health care professionals: anyone working with language issues in a multilingual and multicultural context. It is also recommended for teachers of VCE English language, language teachers (including English as a second language) and generalist teachers looking to improve their knowledge of grammar/language structures to teach in the Australian national curriculum.

Students in the General Applied Linguistics specialisation may choose to take high level Japanese language and/or Japanese-focused applied linguistics units as part of their course.

How to study

If the iframe doesn't display correctly please click here to view the page in a new window.

The off-campus study mode is only available for the General Applied Linguistics stream.

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.

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.

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

Mouse over to pause

Meet our academic teaching staff

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

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.

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).

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.

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