Yolngu Studies, Postgraduate Certificate

Yolngu Studies, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
This course is particularly suitable for professionals working in policy development, health and education, including public servants, researchers and other workers not just in Yolngu communities. It also provides an invaluable insight into the complexity of Indigenous societies found elsewhere in Australia. The course includes an online component and requires access to the internet.


This course is designed to give an introduction to the life and languages of the Yolngu people in north east Arnhem Land. The course concentrates on Yolngu Matha (Yolngu language) forms of Dhuwala, and focuses on the everyday community version of the language. A basic grounding in the sounds of the languages, grammar and basic vocabulary provides the basis to develop conversation ability and the learning of other Yolngu languages. Moiety systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies and how these relate are also presented. A unit of independent study allows students the opportunity to focus on topics of personal interest.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Yolngu Languages and Culture 1 
  • Yolngu Languages and Culture 2

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 6 months
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    40 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelors degree or equivalent. Native speakers of a Yolngu language who do not have an undergraduate degree, but who are recognised by the Yolngu advisors to the school as having good literacy skills or experience in research or education, will be eligible for admission.

People in regular contact with Yolngu through their professions, and who can demonstrate significant knowledge of culture and language proficiency, may be considered for entry to the course

Tuition Fee

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    8240 AUD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8240 AUD per module and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Darwin

  • 1493 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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