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Graduate Certificate in Linguistics

Course code: 3767 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertLing ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This program offers students without a degree but with extensive professional experience in relevant areas an exposure to the key ideas of linguistics so as to prepare them for continuing studies. The program aims to meet, in part, the needs of people wishing to apply linguistics in various professional fields; it focuses upon the central aspects of the discipline and aims to develop students' basic knowledge and skills in these areas.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with 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. developed sound analytical skills; 7.developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete two of the following level-4 units (12 points each):

  • ALM4110 General linguistics (compulsory unless exempted)
  • ALM4130 Language and society
  • ALM4150 Research design in applied linguistics

Students who complete (with a grade of credit) two single units through Monash University/Open Universities Australia in applied linguistics may be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Linguistics without further requirements. (Students should note that prior study of linguistics is not required as a prerequisite for single-unit study.)


Students who gain a minimum of a credit (60C) in each unit may proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics.

Course coordinator

Dr Julie Bradshaw