M.A.Applied Linguistics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

Course 102AE (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 006652D
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.
Course Overview:

The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in applied linguistics. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H3 (65%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.


Students who complete the masters will:

  • gain advanced learning in research skills and appropriate techniques such as the use of archival or primary evidence, analysis of data, judgment of conflicting evidence;
  • demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research;
  • present the results of their research in publishable form or work towards incorporating their findings in further research;
  • demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to research ethics or code of practice.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Shorter Thesis 20,000-22,000 words
  • 1 compulsory subject
  • 1 elective subject selected in consultation with the supervisor
Subject Options:

Thesis subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year

Compulsory subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Elective subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2012
Semester 2
Not offered in 2012

Note: Students may take other subjects listed in linguistics and applied linguistics with the approval of the course coordinator.

Entry Requirements:

Students should check subject availability and semester dates when planning their application if undertaking coursework or advanced seminars. For application forms or to apply online, visit the Faculty of Arts Masters by Research page.

Applicants must include with their application a thesis proposal of 2,500 words and a writing sample (this may be an essay from your previous degree, a chapter from your Honours or Masters thesis or a published article). The primary basis for selection is academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal, research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to assess the applicant's eligibility. Approved closely related areas of study include linguistics, English, a language other than English, speech pathology and sociology.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Graduate Attributes:

Please refer to the University Graduate Attributes: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/about/attributes.html

Links to further information: http://www.linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/

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