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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleGradDipLang
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Equivalent to one year full-time, taken part-time over two to three years.
  • Only some units are available in off-campus mode and Caulfield campus. Only an Indonesian major can be completed at Caulfield or off campus, all other language majors require attendance on campus at Clayton.


This course, suitable for beginners or those with intermediate levels of language competence, allows students to complete the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a chosen language selected from Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Ukrainian.


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.


This course consists of a standard 48 point major in a language, consisting of a first year sequence of 12 points and one of the following options:

  • 12 points of second year level studies (normally two units) and 24 points of third-year level studies (normally four units)
  • 18 points of second-year level studies (normally three units) and 18 points of third-year level studies (normally three units).


For information on the structure of an undergraduate major in the various languages refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

* As language units must be studied sequentially the course is normally completed part-time over three years.


Graduate Diploma in Languages