Advance and update your knowledge of current approaches to language and areas of second language learning, and gain a valuable advantage in your professional field.

  • The Master of Applied Linguistics is a one-year program designed for those with an approved honours degree. Please see Program Details for more information on entry requirements.
  • 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.
  • Equip yourself with the necessary knowledge, tools and understanding for working in areas of second language teaching, translation, interpretation and other second language areas.
  • Graduate with the skills to enhance your career. Being part of the program allows you to develop your identity as a language professional and become part of a global network.

Graduates emerge with a critical understanding of current approaches and developments in teaching and learning language.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Global network

    The program has a strong national and international reputation. Graduates take up, and in many cases return to, teaching and administrative positions in Australia/New Zealand and abroad. There is also a strong social component in the program meaning you get to build lasting relationships that will take you well beyond graduation.

  • Why study

    Research opportunities

    Research options are available for students with interests in further study. Graduates have been highly successful in pursuing research higher degrees, winning PhD scholarships at top universities in the Australasian region, North America and Europe.

  • Why study


  • Alumni
    “Before I came to UQ, I was teaching English and Japanese in a prep school in Japan. I was originally interested in learning English in an English-speaking country and I chose to study at UQ because I wanted to explore my interests from various perspectives. I particularly enjoyed studying research methods, as the program taught me quantitative and qualitative research skills. They were very practical and I acquired fundamental skills required for my future employment. After my degree, I published several journal articles based on my masters research." Makoto Abe, MA (Applied Linguistics, TESOL Studies) (2008)
    Undergraduate Advisor, Poole Gakuin University, Osaka

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

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

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Career outcomes

The ongoing demand for qualified teachers of English and other second languages such as Chinese and Japanese provides a wide range of employment opportunities both in Australia and overseas. These include classroom teaching, testing, and language program management.

Graduates also take up positions in business and government that draw on the understanding of how languages are used in different settings and cultures.

The program has a strong national and international reputation. Graduates take up, and in many cases return to, teaching and administrative positions in high schools, universities and language schools in Australia and New Zealand and abroad. 

This includes East Asia (China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Vietnam), Europe (UK and Finland), Latin America (Chile and Colombia), the Middle East (Oman and Saudi Arabia), Africa (Egypt, Mozambique), and North America (Canada, USA, Mexico).


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


Approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline; or

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 4.5 and an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Education.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of 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 Master of 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Applied Linguistics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of 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.

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