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Master of  Applied Linguistics

Program code: 5466
CRICOS code: 090305D


St Lucia


1 Year full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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

    Applied Linguistics at UQ


  • 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
    1 Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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.

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 TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted. view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of 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.

Learn more about entry requirements

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:

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 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.

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 $30,432
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Applied Linguistics for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


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 Master of 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 Master of Applied Linguistics is 5466. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Same discipline is defined as a degree with language major (i.e. English and/or other LOTE, literature) or a degree in English language teaching, linguistics or translation and interpreting.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Students wishing to undertake the dissertation must enrol in the 3 semester Masters program.

Important dates

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

The closing date for the Master of 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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