Master of Applied Linguistics

University of Newcastle

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, to develop theoretically motivated language teaching curricula, and to improve their effectiveness as teachers of English as a second or foreign language, or more generally to further their understanding of the way in which language affects and is affected by the social and cultural environment. The program combines theoretical perspectives with empirical studies and practical applications, and provides the opportunity for practical experience of classroom and individual teaching. The NSW Department of Education and Communities will recognise graduates of the award, where they have a teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA), formerly known as BOSTES.

Course Fee:

Australian: $17,510
International: $27,720

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in a discipline area with 1 year relevant work experience; or Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area; or Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area. For the purposes of admission, Discipline Areas include Linguistics, Education, English, Languages, Psychology and Speech Pathology. Relevant work experience is as a teacher of English as a second/foreign language.


This program requires students to complete 80 units, including 40 units of compulsory courses and 40 units of directed courses.

Subjects you can Study:

Applied linguistics


The NSW Department of Education and Communities will recognise graduates of the Master of Applied Linguistics as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, where they have also completed an accredited teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA), formerly known as BOSTES. For recognition in other states and territories, graduates should contact the Department of Education in the relevant jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as an ESL teacher.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Online 1 year
Callaghan No info Yes Full time 1 year
Callaghan No info Yes Part time 2 years
The University of Newcastle is rated in the top 250 universities in the world and in 2014 was ranked number 1 in Australia of universities under 50 years of age.

The University of Newcastle has campuses in the Newcastle CBD, at Callaghan, on the Central Coast at Ourimbah, serving a regional community of more than 750,000. There is also a campus in the Sydney CBD and in Singapore in partnership with PSB Academy.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate programs through five Faculties as well as a number of enabling programs including Open Foundation (for students aged over 21), Newstep (for students aged 17 to 21) and Yapug, a pre-degree preparation program for Indigenous students.

The student population is over 42,000 with international student enrolment growing annually. This year over 7,000 students from more than 60 countries will study both on and off-shore in teaching, nursing, medicine, engineering, science, technology and business.

Each faculty offers a wide range of postgraduate programs on campus, by distance, online or in combinations of all three. So too, does the University's main centre for graduate business programs, the Newcastle Graduate School of Business. The Graduate School is the postgraduate coursework unit that delivers online postgraduate programs and is now recognised as a leader in the field, offering one of the most flexible, student-focused, and least complicated delivery systems in Australia.

The University is well known for its research excellence and is ranked in the top 10 of Australian research universities. Problem-based learning, pioneered by Newcastle's medical faculty some 25 years ago, has been refined and now also underpins its programs in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Nursing and Law.

Provider CRICOS: 00109J

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