Master of General and Applied Linguistics

Graduate studies in linguistics at ANU draws upon the expertise of the largest concentration of linguists in the southern hemisphere. For more than 20 years research in linguistics at ANU has focused on the descriptive and comparative study of the languages of Australia, Papua-New Guinea, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and China. We offer teaching in field and formal linguistics and research across more languages than any other Australian University.


Linguistics involves studying the nature of human language, from a scientific point of view. It seeks to understand the nature of language as a universal human faculty and means of communication. Graduate courses in Linguistics are designed to cater for the needs of students who are specialising in the study of a particular language or language family; want to help extend the frontiers of what is known about the nature of human language; or have an interest in meaning, communication and cognitive studies.

Applied Linguistics

ANU has a strong and vibrant Applied Linguistics program. Whereas many other Applied Linguistics programs focus primarily on the teaching and learning of languages, specifically through their TESOL offerings, the ANU does not limit itself to Applied Linguistics in this traditional sense.

This program is in close contact with the Linguistics program, the Translation program, the European languages programs (French, Spanish, German, Italian), and Applied Linguistics within the College of Asia & the Pacific (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian). This means that students studying Applied Linguistics at the ANU can draw on the expertise of a variety of researchers who are working within very different, yet related, fields.

Full Program Information

Master of General and Applied Linguistics

Master of General and Applied Linguistics (Advanced)

This program includes a thesis, and is entered by transfer from the Master of General and Applied Linguistics with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of coursework attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.


Application Process

Please apply directly to ANU from the program website: Master of General and Applied Linguistics.

You just need to press the APPLY button and follow some further steps to complete an online application. Please note all academic documents must be scanned in colour before being uploaded to your online application.

If you face any technical issue while applying online you can write to the ANU Admissions team for help:

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