Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradCertAppLing
CRICOS code075620G
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is designed for those who are interested in exploring the key ideas of applied 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. It may be undertaken by students who do not hold a degree, but have extensive professional experience in relevant areas.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is available in the following streams:

  • General applied linguistics (on-campus or off-campus students)
  • Japanese applied linguistics (on-campus students only)
  • English as an international language (on-campus students only).

On-campus international students are not eligible to apply for admission into the off-campus general applied linguistics stream.


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 one of the streams outlined below.


Students in all streams must complete APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics. Students will select a stream and must take the required units for that stream.

Stream A - General applied linguistics

Stream Coordinator: Dr Louisa Willoughby

Students complete:

  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics and one of:
  • APG4698 General linguistics
  • APG4346 Language in society.

Students who complete pass 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.

Stream B -Japanese applied linguistics

This stream assumes students have intermediate Japanese competence or higher

Stream Coordinator: Dr Robyn Spence-Brown

Students must take

  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • APG4633 Teaching and learning Asian languages.

Stream C -English as an international language

Stream Coordinator: Prof Farzad Sharifian

Students must take

  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • APG4735 Issues in teaching English as an international language.

Progression to further studies

Students who pass two single units in one of the above mentioned streams through Monash University/Open Universities Australia may be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Linguistics without further study requirements. Alternatively, they may be eligible to transfer into the 0010 Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics with advanced standing.


Graduate Certificate in Linguistics