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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 titleGradDipLing
CRICOS code048450M
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Professor Kate Burridge


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.


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with 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
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


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 four) 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 four.

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


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.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate diploma with a credit average, may apply to transfer to a relevant masters program.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a course 3767 Graduate Certificate in Linguistics.


Graduate Diploma of Linguistics