Master of Applied Linguistics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Applied Linguistics trains you to apply your knowledge of language in a diverse range of contexts, including translation, journalism and media, language policy and planning, website design and socio-educational development.

This course is also suitable for people involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), second language teaching (SLT), and the teaching of modern languages. We teach via both traditional face-to-face and computer assisted methodologies.

At the end of this course, you will look at the world with new eyes. You will learn to analyse texts that you encounter in your everyday and professional lives, and will be able to apply this knowledge for a range of purposes.

Many units of study in this program are informed by systemic functional linguistics and the ground-breaking, internationally recognised literacy initiatives in primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education of the ‘Sydney School’ (the name given to the group of linguists and educators who designed and implemented genre-based literacy programs).

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a wide range of academic expertise in applied linguistics with particular strengths in World Englishes, the politics of English language teaching, media discourse, critical discourse analysis and emerging electronic modalities of communication, for example, news websites, blogs, chat rooms, YouTube, Facebook and MySpace.

Eligible students will also have the option of undertaking a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The Master of Applied Linguistics requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) A minimum of 36 credit points of core units of study.
(b) A maximum of 30 credit points from elective units of study
(c) At least 6 credit points of capstone units of study

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Applied Linguistics have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study, normally undertaken over two semesters, with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Applied Linguistics can pursue careers or further study in translation, journalism and media, language policy and planning, website design and socio?educational development work.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Applied Linguistics who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Applied Linguistics requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in a relevant subject area, or an equivalent qualification; or

(b) a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, in any subject area, or an equivalent qualification and either:

(i) a relevant professional qualification; or

(ii) recent, relevant, professional experience.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.


Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

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