Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 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)
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  • 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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 and a 12-point unit selected from one of three streams.


General applied linguistics

Students must complete:

  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics

plus one of:

Stream coordinator: Dr Louisa Willoughby

Japanese applied linguistics

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

Students must complete:

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

Stream coordinator: Dr Robyn Spence-Brown

Stream C - English as an international language

Students must complete:

  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics

plus one of:

  • APG4734 Renationalising English: Language, culture and communication
  • APG4735 Issues in teaching English as an international language

Stream coordinator: Professor Farzad Sharifian

Progression to further studies

Students who pass two single units, including the core unit APG4347 (Research methods in applied linguistics) or equivalent, 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.


Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics
Graduate Certificate in Linguistics

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.