Applied Linguistics - A6001

Applied Linguistics

Expert master degree

As globalisation expands, so does the demand for people with linguistic and intercultural communication skills to reach wide audiences. The Master of Applied Linguistics offers a competitive advantage to language teachers, interpreters, editors and other people working with language in increasingly multilingual and multicultural societies, such as Australia. Lead by lecturers who research a range of language and cultural topics across the European and Asian contexts (English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Mandarin, Spanish), throughout the course you will be exposed to corpus methods and other ‘big data’ approaches to language analysis, leaving you well placed for a range of cutting edge careers in the language and technology field.

The Master of Applied Linguistics considers the implications of multilingualism and intercultural communication for modern society and the professional sphere. Ideal across a range of professions, it is particularly recommended for language teachers (including English as a second language), teachers of VCE English Language and generalist teachers looking to improve their knowledge of grammar/language structures.

In the core units you will explore how language variation comes to bear on communication across cultures and how we use language differently according to context or across social groups. You’ll develop skills in language analysis and conducting small practiced-based research projects within your own professional context. Elective units will allow you to further focus in areas such as ‘Communication in Multilingual Societies’, ‘Teaching English for International Communication’ or ‘Teaching Global Languages’.

Throughout your MA in Applied Linguistics, you will be able to apply your learning to your own professional and pedagogical context as part of the assessment process and have the opportunity to complete a research project or internship. The course also provides optional pathways to PhD study through research projects.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time

Offshore international students can start this course by enrolling in on-campus mode and studying remotely while waiting to travel to Australia

1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time), depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Master of Applied Linguistics
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Entry level 1: 96 points to complete Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average.

Entry level 2: Duration: 72 points to complete 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate* discipline with at least credit (60%) average.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate* discipline with at least 50% average in both qualifications.

Entry level 3: 48 points to complete Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate* discipline with at least credit (60%) average.

*Cognate disciplines include: linguistics, applied linguistics, language study or teaching, translation and interpreting, TESOL and speech pathology

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The Master of Applied Linguistics course is structured in four parts. Part A. Principal study, Part B. Applied study, Part C. Professional enhancement and Part D. Specialist study.

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Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6001


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6001


Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.