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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePGradDipAppLing
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Louisa Willoughby


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Some units require on-campus attendance.


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.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of three core* units and one elective unit.

* Eligible students may be granted an exemption for one core unit, in which case they will complete two elective units.


Core units


Progression to further studies

Students require a credit average in the postgraduate diploma program to transfer to course 3769 Master of Applied Linguistics.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.


Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics