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Graduate Certificate in  Applied Linguistics

Program code: 5463
CRICOS code: 064991D


St Lucia


Half Year full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics will introduce you to concepts and issues relevant to second language teaching, translation, interpreting and more.

  • This six-month program is suitable for those with an approved degree in any discipline, or post-secondary study and / or relevant work experience – see Program Details.
  • Benefit from a program designed for professional development. You can choose to specialise in Applied Linguistics or Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Studies.
  • Study Applied Linguistics to gain a strong understanding of core concepts, current issues and research methods. You will acquire specialised knowledge of theory and practice in language teaching, technology and sociolinguistics / intercultural issues.
  • Undertake TESOL as a professional development program for experienced teachers of English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language. Research and project options are available, particularly if you're wishing to pursue a higher degree.

This program will deepen your knowledge of language and language teaching, and let you explore options for further study.

  • Pursue further study

    Upon completion of this program you can choose to progress to the Master of Applied Linguistics. Course credit you receive in this program can also be transferred to the higher-level programs.

  • Why study

    Applied linguistics at UQ


Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 2 fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics.

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Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is usually undertaken for professional development reasons – career progression and advancing or updating knowledge of a particular field.

Graduates are equipped with key advanced abilities in either Applied Linguistics or TESOL Studies, and have a better understanding of themselves as language professionals.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they work in – or use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to higher-level Applied Linguistics programs, which have more comprehensive study plans, and offer greater professional opportunities.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Approved degree or equivalent in any discipline

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Applied Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language – form, meaning and context – and covers phonology (how words sound, or are pronounced), morphology (patterns of word formation), syntax (patterns of sentence and phrase formation), and semantics (what words mean). In this field of study you will learn about linguistic theory and practice in targeted areas of language teaching, technology, and sociolinguistics/intercultural issues. You’ll also learn how to apply your knowledge to professional and practical tasks in teaching and other spheres, as well as understand the principal directions in current linguistics thinking and how it applies in the field.

TESOL Studies

TESOL Studies is intended as a professional development field of study for experienced teachers of English with at least one year’s language-related teaching experience. As a student in this field of study, you'll receive a thorough grounding in TESOL theory and practice, across the linguistic, psychological, educational and socio-cultural aspects of learning.You'll also learn how to teach English in second- and foreign-language settings. Core courses cover TESOL teaching and curriculum, computer-enhanced language learning, and language structure. There is also a range of electives in language teaching and learning.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $14,488
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics for one semester in 2018. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

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International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is 5463. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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