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Applied Linguistics, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #207 (QS) , | Online
This Applied Linguistics from University of Newcastle 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.


If you are truly fascinated by the English language and how it can be affected by social and cultural influences, desire to develop your current skills in the different techniques for teaching English as a second language, have studied your Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and are looking to further advance your career in the field then the Master of Applied Linguistics at the University of Newcastle is for you.

The program combines theoretical perspectives with empirical studies and practical applications and provides the opportunity for practical experience of classroom and individual teaching.


The University of Newcastle’s Master of Applied Linguistics enhances your skills and knowledge allowing you to pursue higher level roles as a researcher or academic in Australian and international industries, where there is an increasing demand for experts in linguistics. You’ll graduate ready to apply your in-depth knowledge of the complex processes of language learning and development in the competitive global working environment.

Graduates of the University of Newcastle program have pursued careers teaching at universities around the world. Your future career opportunities will be abundant seeing you graduate with the potential to embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • Teaching in English or foreign language
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Academic Research, language testing or language planning and policy

Students should be aware, the NSW Department of Education will recognise graduates of this award 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 Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language Testing & Evaluation 
  • TESOL Curriculum & Methodology
  • Second Language Acquisition

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Only for domestic
  • Credits
    80 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

CRICOS code: 032733J

The Master of Applied Linguistics is an 80 unit postgraduate qualification.

  • 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.
  • 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

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30855 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30855 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    19365 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19365 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Newcastle

  • 1333 - 2400 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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