The Applied Linguistics program trains you to use your knowledge of language and apply it in diverse contexts, including cross-cultural communication, corporate training, discourse analysis, language teaching, and media,. At the end of this program students will look at the world around them with new eyes. They will learn to analyse texts that they encounter in their everyday and professional lives and will be able to apply this knowledge for a range of purposes.
The Applied Linguistics degree is designed for people who are interested in applying linguistics in other professional areas, including cross-cultural communication, education, translation, journalism and media, language policy and planning, and social development. The degree 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. The units offered in this degree are informed by current research in systemic functional linguistics and the groundbreaking literacy initiatives of the ‘Sydney School’ in primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education. Our new areas of strength include cross-cultural communication, World Englishes, the politics of English language teaching, media discourse, critical discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics. Some of the units of study in the degree include: Cross-cultural Communication, Functional Grammar, Educational Linguistics, Language Society and Power, World Englishes, and Media Discourse.
Please note that there is no mid-year intake for this program.
Department website: sydney.edu.au/arts/linguistics/
Dr Ahmar Mahboob
Phone: + 61 2 9351 3548
Awards and requirements
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different award courses.
Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics must complete 24 credit points including:
- a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study
- a maximum of 6 credit points from elective units of study
Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics must complete 48 credit points including:
- a minimum of 36 credit points of core units of study
- a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study
Master of Applied Linguistics
Candidates for the Master of Applied Linguistics must complete 72 credit points including:
- a minimum of 36 credit points of core units of study.
- a maximum of 30 credit points from elective units of study
- 6 credit points of capstone units of study
Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.
|Level of prior learning||Full-time duration||Credit points to complete|
|AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law||1.5 years||72|
|Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate||1 year||48|
|AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law||1 year||48|