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What will I learn?


Applied linguistics is primarily concerned with how knowledge about language is applied to real-world issues. Key focus areas include the role of language in communication, the acquisition of first and subsequent languages, cross-cultural communication and language teaching. This internationally relevant course will develop your analytic skills and your understanding of the complex relationship between language use and context.


You'll have the opportunity to study with one of the largest and most diverse linguistics departments in Australia, which is home to four research centres.

This course is available on campus, online, or through a combination of both, which means you can continue to work full-time while studying.

You'll study a wide range of topics within the area of applied linguistics.

You'll graduate with a highly regarded qualification.


Suitable if you are an experienced / qualified TESOL teacher or other language professional, working or aiming to work in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, literacy education assessment and program evaluation, bilingualism, teacher education, policy development, management, or a community service where language and communication are critical issues.

Career Opportunities


A Master of Applied Linguistics degree can enhance career opportunities in many professions where an in-depth understanding of language and communication is important, especially for graduates with prior experience as language teachers. Our graduates are also employed in a wide range of positions that require effective communication with colleagues, as well as with clients, patients or students. Many work in professions that help others to communicate more effectively in written or spoken form.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Human Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,500.00 (17,57,707) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,500.00 (17,57,707) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

AQF level 8 bachelor honours or graduate diploma qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent, Meet two of the following three criteria: AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent; Minimum of two years relevant approved work experience, professional certification or other recognised prior learning; AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with a WAM of 65

For international students

AQF 8 or with two of the following:

AQF 7 degree in related field

AQF 7 Degree of WAM > 65

AQF7 with approved informal / formal learning

Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, students discover passions and pursue career goals at a global leader in tertiary education.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • More than 30,000 practical work placements available
  • One of Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes