Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Language Studies)

Course 095-ES (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of English language and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the discipline. The course provides a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA (Honours) with a research component in English language or a related area of study.

Course coordinator:
Dr Jean Mulder
School of Languages and Linguistics


Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

  • complete the equivalent of fourth year honours with a research component and obtain a recognised qualification;
  • obtain an adequate basis for pursuing advanced studies in English language at Masters or PhD level;
  • demonstrate a specialist understanding of specific areas of study, showing an understanding of the latest research directions;
  • develop a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the specific issues in English language.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 12,000 words
  • five elective subjects
Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
Subject Options: Thesis
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Elective subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Not offered in 2008
Not Offered
Not offered in 2008
Not offered in 2008
Note: Alternative subjects may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator and the Associate Dean.
Entry Requirements:
  • an undergraduate degree with a major in linguistics, applied linguistics or English language with a grade average equivalent to an H2A (75%) at the University of Melbourne in the major
  • an undergraduate degree with a major in English, education, a language other than English, speech pathology, psychology, sociology or cognate discipline and a grade average equivalent to at least H2A (75%) at the University of Melbourne in the major, together with professional training or experience in language related areas, such as language teaching, interpreting and translation, or speech pathology
  • a Graduate Diploma in Arts (English Language) with a grade equivalent to an H2A (75%) average at the University of Melbourne.
Referee reports and employers' references to assess the applicant's eligibility may be required.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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