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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Linguistics

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the postgraduate handbook change register for details.

Course code: 3768 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipLing ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This program offers an opportunity for students who already have a bachelors degree without a linguistics major to complete an undergraduate major in order to qualify for entry into the honours program in linguistics.

Course Objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of 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

The course consists of 48 points. Students will normally complete eight 6-point units conforming to the requirement of the linguistics major (below). Students with some background in linguistics may undertake a combination of 6-point and 12-point (level 4) units in consultation with the course coordinator.

A linguistics major must normally include the two core introductory units (6 points each) and at least one unit from each of the four groups listed*, with a minimum of 18 points being completed at level three or level 4.

    *Additional units to make up a total of 48 points can be selected from groups 1-4 or the honours electives.

Course requirements

Core introductory units

  • LIN1010 The language game: Why do we talk the way we do?
  • LIN1020 Describing and analysing language and communication

Group 1: Structure

Group 2: Sound and meaning

Group 3: Language and society

Group 4: Applications

Honours electives

  • LIN4720 Special topics in linguistics (12 points)
  • LIN4740 Linguistic theory (12 points)

Alternative electives may be approved on an individual basis.

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


For further study options please contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Kate Burridge