Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradDipAppLing
CRICOS code075411E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years 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.
  • The Japanese and applied linguistics stream and English as an international language stream are not available to off-campus students.


Professionals who know how language works and how it can be utilised in a multitude of situations are highly-valued in the workplace. This course offers students an introduction to fundamental areas of applied linguistics, research training and opportunities to specialise in such areas as second/foreign language acquisition, language teaching, language contact and intercultural communication. It provides excellent preparation for further studies in the application of linguistics to professional and social contexts offered in the master's program.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • articulate and apply an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • demonstrate a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • apply a critical familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • apply advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • demonstrate advanced analytical skills
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding 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 a core unit, plus units selected from one of three streams and elective units. All units are 12 points.


Stream A - general applied linguistics

Stream coordinator: Dr Louisa Willoughby

Students must complete:

  • APG4347/APG5347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • APG4346 Language in society
  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • APG4698 General linguistics
  • 12 points from the list of electives below

Stream B - Japanese applied linguistics

Students are required to have intermediate Japanese competence or higher to complete this stream.

Stream coordinator: Dr Robyn Spence-Brown

Students must complete:

plus two of:

  • APG4630 Japanese sociolinguistics*
  • APG4631 Asian languages in contact*
  • APG4634 Japanese linguistics*
  • 12 points from the list of electives below

* At least one of these units must be completed.

With the approval of the course coordinator students in this stream may take up to 24 points of Japanese language units within the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics.

Stream C - English as an international language

Stream coordinator: Prof Farzad Sharifian

Students must complete:

  • APG4020 Practices of teaching Englishes for international communication
  • APG4347/APG5347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • APG4375 Issues in teaching English as an international language

plus one of:

Elective units

On-campus electives

Note: students enrolling in on-campus units must be able to attend weekly classes at Monash's Clayton campus.

  • APG4346 Language in society
  • APG4348 Second language acquisition
  • APG4630 Japanese sociolinguistics
  • APG4631 Asian languages in contact
  • APG4633 Teaching and learning Asian languages
  • APG4634 Japanese linguistics
  • APG4652 Managing intercultural communication
  • APG4698 General linguistics
  • APG4734 Renationalising English: Language, culture, and communication
  • APG4735 Issues in teaching English as an international language
  • APG5707 Special Topic in languages, cultures and linguistics

Students who obtain a distinction average and who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in APG4347/APG5347 (Research methodology in applied linguistics) may seek approval from the course coordinator to undertake APG5706 (Research project in languages, cultures and linguistics) as one of the electives.

Alternative electives may be approved on an individual basis.

Off-campus electives

Note: International students who are living in Australia generally have visa restrictions that prevent them from taking off-campus units.

Alternative electives may be approved on an individual basis.

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the postgraduate diploma program may apply for 3769 Master of Applied Linguistics.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with 3676 Graduate Certificate in Linguistics.


Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics