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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 titleGradCertLing
Total credit points required24
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Dr Louisa Willoughby


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


This program offers students without a degree but with extensive professional experience in relevant areas an exposure to the key ideas of linguistics so as to prepare them for continuing studies. The program aims to meet, in part, the needs of people wishing to apply linguistics in various professional fields; it focuses upon the central aspects of the discipline and aims to develop students' basic knowledge and skills in these areas.


Students completing this course will have:

  • a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • a familiarity with 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 two 12-point units.


Students complete two of:

  • APG4698 General linguistics (compulsory unless exempted)
  • APG4346 Language in society
  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics

Students who complete (with a grade of credit) two single units* in applied linguistics through Monash University/Open Universities Australia may be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Linguistics without further study requirements.

* Prior study of linguistics is not required as a prerequisite for single-unit study.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the Certificate may proceed to 0010 Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics.


Graduate Certificate in Linguistics