18 months
46680 AUD/year
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The General and Applied Linguistics program at the Australian National University encompasses the nature of different languages and the nature of language as a cognitive and social phenomenon. It asks questions such as: How do we communicate? In what ways are languages different and similar? How do we learn language?  


The General and Applied Linguistics program at the Australian National University offers the opportunity to explore these and many other questions through an especially broad selection of topics.  

The program will provide you with a solid grounding in linguistic theory, analysis and associated methodologies, and offers the opportunity to study language as a cognitive, social and historical process. Students can also study a broad range of languages as part of the degree.

Learning Outcomes 

  • apply established theoretical frameworks critically and creatively at an advanced level to the description, analysis and explanation of linguistic data and language use;
  • identify sources of linguistic data, and evaluate the reliability of those sources and their relevance to theoretical issues;
  • research complex language phenomena using a variety of sources and techniques, and communicate this research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
  • apply a sophisticated understanding of language and its use to real-world language cont

Career Options

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We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language and Society
  • Sounds of the World's Languages: Phonetics and Phonology
  • Teaching Languages
  • Language, Culture and Translation
  • Languages in Contact
  • The Structure of English
  • Cross Cultural Communication  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 082301G 

  • At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 
  • Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Tuition Fee

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    46680 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 46680 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Canberra

1425 - 2504 AUD /month
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