About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Majors, minors and specialisations
- Further study
Dr. Janne Morton
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Currently enrolled students:
- Further information: http://graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au/
- Contact: 'make an enquiry' on http://graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au/degrees/3-master-of-applied-linguistics
|Award title||Master of Applied Linguistics|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||200 credit points|
|Duration||24 months full-time or 24 months full-time or 48 months part-time or 48 months part-time|
Applied linguists possess specialised expertise in language and communication, which is highly valued across a range of professions in Australia and internationally. Linguistics at the University of Melbourne is ranked 22 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019), and the Master of Applied Linguistics provides world class training and an internationally recognised professional qualification in one of three core specialisation areas: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), language testing and English language.
Our Master of Applied Linguistics program provides a robust theoretical and practical foundation for graduates who are working or seeking to work in these areas, as well as in related fields of second language learning and teaching, interpreting and translating, language policy and planning, and speech pathology. As part of the program, students develop core intercultural and professional communication skills and expertise in applying linguistics to real world problems, such as language curriculum design and program evaluation relevant to diverse educational contexts.
This is a coursework degree program with an optional research component, and high‐achieving students who complete a Minor Thesis may qualify for entry to Master of Arts by Research (MA), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- an undergraduate degree in any discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and
- relevance of previous studies; and, if relevant
- the professional experience
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. The minimum English language requirement for this course is IELTS Band 6.5 on average with no band below 6.0.
Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 50 points of credit:
- an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark of at least an H2B (70%), or equivalent.
Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 100 points of credit:
- an honours degree in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark of at least an H2B (70%), or equivalent; or
- an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience.
Applicants must provide the following documentation in support of their application for the recognition of prior professional experience:
- brief curriculum vitae, detailing work experience;
- contact details of two referees;
- a covering letter outlining the applicants professional background and how this prepares them to successfully undertake the program.
In some cases, an interview and/or two reference letters from employers/managers detailing the period of employment and areas of responsibility, and/or evidence of written work or reports undertaken during the period of employment may be requested.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005) and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF127). For the purposes of considering requests for reasonable adjustments, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the overview, attributes, outcomes and skills of this entry. Further details about how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Intended learning outcomes
Student who complete the Master of Applied Linguistics should:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of concepts and current issues in core areas of applied linguistics;
- Demonstrate knowledge and engagement in a specialist area of applied linguistics;
- Identify the paradigms that shape contemporary applied linguistics
- Analyze and critically evaluate content in applied linguistics;
- Effectively communicate applied linguistics content in a range of written and other modes appropriate to academic and professional settings;
Application of knowledge and skills
- Apply specialist knowledge and research techniques effectively
On completion of this subject, students should have:
- a respect for ethical scholarship and intellectual integrity;
- a well-developed capacity for self-directed learning, critical perspectives, and transcultural communication;
- an openness to new ideas and an appreciation of diverse perspectives; and
- an ability to communicate well in oral and written presentations.
- The course will be taught by recognised experts with a vibrant international cohort of students.
- The course will introduce student to key concepts in applied linguistics with a focus on a critical reading of the most recent scholarship in a field that is changing through rapid globalisation, new approaches and technologies, and a greater awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.
- Students will gain a deep understanding of the role of language in a range of personal and professional contexts as they strengthen their own abilities to effectively communicate.
- Students will be challenged to bring research and inquiry skills to their own workplaces and communities as they generate their own bold and novel ideas across a lifetime of learning.
- Applied linguistics is a field that places emphasis on active involvement in language rights, social inclusion, and participation in diverse communities.
- Students will be encouraged to discuss language issues in their communities as they become advocates and leaders across languages and cultures.
Integrity and self-awareness
- Throughout the course, students will gain skills in working independently and in groups across the vibrant international cohort of peers and colleagues.
- Students will gain abilities to manage time, set goals, and maintain high standards of personal and professional integrity.
- Exploration, and a willingness to learn from mistakes, will foster student motivation to work to their best of their abilities.
Please refer to individual Specialisations.
Students are required to complete the program requirements/structure from the year that they commenced their program. All required compulsory, core and capstone subjects for your specialisation and entry point must be completed to be eligible to graduate from the program.
Capstone subject options must be completed in the final hundred points of the program. All students are required to complete one Capstone subject option (at least 25 points). This requirement cannot be waived or replaced in any circumstances:
Capstone Stream 1: LING90003 Research in Applied Linguistics (12.5 points) or LING90005 Quantitative Methods in Language Studies (12.5 points) and LING90018 (12.5 points) Sociolinguistics and Language Learning or LING90019 English in a Globalised World (12.5 points)
Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills within the English Language specialisation
Capstone Stream 2: LING90003 Research in Applied Linguistics (12.5 points) or LING90005 Quantitative Methods in Language Studies (12.5 points) and LING90009 Language Testing (12.5 points)
Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills within the Language Testing specialisation
Capstone Stream 3: LING90003 Research in Applied Linguistics (12.5 points) or LING90005 Quantitative Methods in Language Studies (12.5 points) and LING90012 Second Language Acquisition (12.5 points)
Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills within the TESOL specialisation
For policies that govern this degree, see the Courses, Subjects, Awards and Programs Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Library. Students also should also refer to information in the Enrolment and Timetabling Policy.
Majors, minors & specialisations
|English Language (200pt)||200|
|English Language (150pt)||150|
|English Language (100pt)||100|
|Language Testing (200pt)||200|
|Language Testing (150pt)||150|
|Language Testing (100pt)||100|
Students who complete the thesis option may be eligible to undertake a PhD or Masters by Research program.
External Subject Rule
Student may undertake an external subject (not listed within the program structure) with the permission of the program and subject coordinator. All external subject requests must be for the elective subject requirement, not as a compulsory, core or capstone subject. The maximum external subjects allowed are as follows:
- 200 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (2 years): maximum 25 points.
- 150 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1.5 years): maximum 12.5 points.
- 100* point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1 year): 12.5 points
- 50*^ point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (0.5 years): 0 points.
* GC-ARTS, GD-ARTS, GCA-ARTS and GDA-ARTS students are not normally granted permission to undertake external subjects towards their degree.
^ Exception: Students admitted to 50 point programs may apply to take LING90002, Presenting Academic Discourse, as an external subject.
Please note that advanced standing contributes to a student’s remaining points undertaken at University of Melbourne, and may affect how many points the student can undertake outside the enrolled program.
Last updated: 24 January 2021