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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 titleMAppLing
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Louisa Willoughby


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


Students will gain a critical understanding of theoretical and practical issues relating to applied linguistics, including second/foreign language acquisition, language teaching, language contact and intercultural communication.


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
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.


This course consists of three 12-point core units, and three 12-point elective units. Students must complete a minimum of 24 points at level five.


Core units


Select three of the following, or alternative electives may be approved on an individual basis:

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in the masters to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with course 3767 Graduate Certificate in Linguistics
  • 48 points may apply to exit with course 3768 Graduate Diploma in Linguistics


Master of Applied Linguistics