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Monash University

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics

Course code: 0010 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipAppLing ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

Off-campus* (Clayton)

    * Some units require on-campus attendance.

Course description

This course deals with the basics of linguistics, and may be taken for its own sake or by way of preparation for the study of the applications of linguistics to professional and social contexts covered in the Master of Applied Linguistics program.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

The course normally consists of three (but a minimum of two) core units and one (or a maximum of two) elective unit. All units are worth 12 points. Core units are compulsory unless exempted.

Course requirements

Core units


Exit points

After successful completion of 24 points students may apply to exit the program with a graduate certificate.


Students require a credit average in the postgraduate diploma program to transfer to the Master of Applied Linguistics by coursework.

Course coordinator

Dr Julie Bradshaw