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Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics in Language Endangerment Studies

Course code: 3796 ~ Course abbreviation: PGDipLingLangEnSt ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Off-campus (Clayton)

Multimode (Clayton)

Course description

The course offers professional development for a wide range of language maintenance practitioners. It is designed for those who are involved in, or aspire to become involved in, work with minority endangered language groups. Training is provided in the specialist skills needed to document and maintain endangered languages both in homeland and in diaspora or immigrant community settings.

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 consists of three compulsory core units at level 4 (36 points) and an elective at level 4 or five (12 points). Students take the group 1 core unit (12 points) and one group 2 core unit (12 points), followed by one group 2 core unit (12 points) and a group 3 elective (12 points). Students who are exempted from any of the core units will select additional electives from group 3.

Students can enter the program in the first or second semester. Overseas students studying on-campus will normally enter mid-year.

Course requirements

Group 1 core unit (12 points)

Group 2 core units (12 points)

  • LIN4040 Researching endangered languages
  • LIN4050 Issues in language endangerment and language maintenance

Group 3 electives (12 points)

Exit point

Students who successfully complete 24 points in the postgraduate diploma may apply to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics in Language Endangerment Studies.


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

Course coordinator

Dr Margaret Florey