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Master of Applied Linguistics

Melbourne University Australia


The Master of Applied Linguistics is a one-year program for graduate professionals working or planning to work in a range of areas such as TESOL, second/foreign language teaching, language program administration, and computer-assisted language learning. It provides a professional qualification and specialist training in the discipline, and may equip graduates for admission to doctoral study. It provides students with an understanding of key issues and research findings in applied linguistics, and with the skills to make substantial professional contributions to the field.

Topics addressed in the program include second language acquisition, grammar and discourse, pronunciation, CALL in language programs, sociolinguistic aspects of language learning, world Englishes, language testing, language program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methods in applied linguistics, bilinguialism and multilingualism.

Students choose one of the following four tracks (click on a link to find out more about a track):

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),

  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL),

  • Language Testing and Program Evaluation,

  • English Language.

The program can be completed by coursework only (8 subjects), or by coursework and minor thesis (6 subjects and a 10,000 word thesis). Either option may be taken full-time or part-time; international students must complete the program full-time. The program can be taken up in Semester 1 (late February) or Semester 2 (late July), and there are currently no summer subjects or subjects taught through distance mode.

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Why study at Melbourne University

The University of Melbourne is home to one of the leading departments of linguistics and applied linguistics in Australia. Postgraduate students are provided with a diverse range of course options in descriptive and theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, English language studies and cross-cultural communication. The postgraduate program offers rigorous theoretical and practical training and will provide graduates with a competitive advantage where clear, independent and creative thinking is valued.

The department has strengths in many significant areas of research. It hosts the Language Testing Research Centre and has an outstanding record in attracting nationally competitive publication and research grants. The Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Melbourne has established extensive networks with local and international scholars in the field.

Postgraduate students are encouraged to become involved in the academic activities of the department. These include seminar programs, workshops, conferences and the publication of the student journal,Melbourne Papers in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. The department provides supervision for higher degree students in diverse areas of specialised research and ensures the best possible resources, facilities and supervisory arrangements are available to students. The structure of postgraduate study is flexibly designed to cater for professional and academic interests across a number of areas of the discipline.

In addition, as a student at Australia's second oldest university, you will find inspiration in the University's beautifully landscaped environment. A mixture of architecture incorporating original sandstone buildings, ivy covered brick buildings, and the modern steel and glass facade of the Asia Centre building, the campus provides an inspiring backdrop to your academic and social experience. The 22.5 hectare campus is just a short tram ride or 15 minute walk from the city centre. The main camps is adjacent to the inner city suburb of Carlton, renowned for its cosmopolitan and multicultural style with hundreds of shops, restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars. Many students choose to live in University housing, all of which is conveniently located near campus.



Contacts /Further Information

Download aprogram brochure in .pdf format.


For further information about the program, please email the coursework coordinator, Dr. Carsten Roever ().


For general information about the Department of Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, please visit thedepartment's homepage.


For general information about application procedures, fees, and entry, please visit theAdmissions page.




Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
Tel: +61 3 8344 4919

Fax: +61 3 8344 8990


Dr. Carsten Roever

General Information
Masters Program

Local students:

Tel: +61 3 8344 4002

Fax: +61 3 9347 0424

International students:

Tel: +61 3 8344 9905

Fax: +61 3 9347 0424


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