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University of New England Master of Applied Linguistics
University of New England

Master of Applied Linguistics


1 Years


Full time, Part time

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Jun 2024

AUD 33,829 / per year *

Distance Learning

* international students fees. contact the university for domestic students tuition fees


With the advent of globalisation, issues relating to language and intercultural communication have never been more relevant. UNE's fully online Master of Applied Linguistics will give you the ability to understand the design of language, nuances and context of language and intercultural communication – invaluable skills in an increasingly interconnected world, and especially important when teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Why study the Master of Applied Linguistics with UNE?

You will be part of a global classroom, interacting with your lecturers and with students from all over the world via online discussion forums, giving you invaluable experience to take into your real world of work. You will explore languages of the world, language acquisition, language in education, language in legal and other professional contexts, and intercultural communication to build a foundation of knowledge to integrate into your professional career.

No previous linguistics experience is required, and the Master of Applied Linguistics can be completed in as little as one year. You will gain a professional qualification that will enhance your capabilities in language teaching, language program management, TESOL, social services, health, education and the law, with intercultural communication skills that will assist in working with diverse linguistic and cultural groups.

You can choose from the General Major, leading to the Master of Applied Linguistics (General), the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Major, leading to the Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL), or the Intercultural Communication for Business and Services Major, leading to the Master of Applied Linguistics (ICBS). The MAAL ICBS incorporates specialist units that impart cultural literacy skills to enhance communication with diverse stakeholders in business and social services contexts. The TESOL Major incorporates specialist TESOL units, including a professional placement that can be completed in a wide range of contexts. The TESOL Major is also an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy.

In a rapidly changing world, our Master of Applied Linguistics can help to ensure your career is future fit for life.

What makes our course different?

The Master of Applied Linguistics was Australia's first fully online master's degree in applied linguistics, and our staff are vastly experience in offering this high-quality, interactive postgraduate course which uses the latest multimedia technology.

  • You will learn from lecturers and tutors who have years of industry and/or research experience in the field.
  • Choose to study when it suits you. Our fully online degree allows you to fit study around your busy lifestyle, not the other way around, no matter where you are in the world.
  • UNE is Australia’s oldest regional university and a pioneer in the delivery of distance education – more than 80% of our students are online.
  • We’re highly rated - UNE’s humanities and social sciences courses were given the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience, Graduate Salary, Student Support and Teaching Quality in the 2021 Good Universities Guide.

Year after year, students award UNE the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support, so when you choose to study with us, you are in very good hands.

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together at UNE in order to become future-fit and better respond to a rapidly changing world.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.


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