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Master of Applied Linguistics

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Master of Applied Linguistics at the University of New England (UNE) will provide you with specialist knowledge in linguistics, preparing you for a range of career opportunities in social services, health, education, law or language teaching.

This flexible course was Australia's first fully online Master of Applied Linguistics, is taught by staff with extensive online teaching experience; you'll also be part of a global online classroom, with students from more than 30 countries. With a proven track record of helping students find relevant employment after graduation, this course is your pathway to a fulfilling linguistics career or further tertiary study.

Key learning areas cover specialist knowledge in applied linguistics theory and practice, including languages of the world, language acquisition, language in education, language in legal and other professional contexts and intercultural communication. You can also choose to undertake a TESOL major, a recognised postgraduate TESOL qualification that includes a practicum.

Eligibility

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's qualification in a non-relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's qualification with a major in linguistics or a relevant discipline*; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's qualification in a non-relevant discipline and other relevant work experience or relevant qualifications (and submit a 500-word personal statement explaining the relevance of their qualification and work experience to this degree); OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or bachelor with honours qualification in a non-relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or bachelor with honours qualification in a non-relevant discipline and other relevant work experience or relevant qualifications (and submit a 500-word personal statement explaining the relevance of their qualification and work experience to this degree); OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or bachelor with honours qualification in a relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's qualification in linguistics and either relevant work experience or other relevant qualification (and submit a 500-word personal statement explaining the relevance of their qualification and work experience to this degree); OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or bachelor with honours qualification in linguistics; AND
  • Meet the university's English language requirements.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • English
  • Languages
  • Education, with a major in English literacy
  • LOTE or ESL
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Speech pathology
  • Cultural studies

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this linguistics course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Communicating in culturally diverse contexts
  • The design of language
  • Issues in applied linguistics
  • The English language
  • Research methods in second language acquisition
  • Phonetics and phonology OR morphology and syntax

Plus one of the following research components:

  • BCSS research project
  • Dissertation in linguistics or applied linguistics

Listed units:

  • Computer assisted language learning
  • Teaching english pronunciation
  • English as a world language
  • Second language acquisition: applications
  • TESOL I and II
  • Meaning in language
  • Language in legal contexts
  • Second language acquisition
  • Bilingualism
  • First language and literacy acquisition
  • Australia's Indigenous languages
  • Sociolinguistics and language ecology
  • Multilingual approaches to TESOL
  • The languages of Asia
  • Work integrated learning - professional skills development
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Applied Linguistics from the University of New England.

The course will prepare graduates for successful careers in education, language teaching and planning, TESOL, government, health and the law; it will also allow graduates to pursue working with linguistics and cultural minorities.

Graduates who undertake the TESOL major will meet the standards required by most employers in the TESOL sector, including those in the ELICOS and adult migrant sectors.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in language could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Interpreter
  • Anthropologist
  • TESOL Teacher

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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