Courses & Details

Program Code 11255
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 032732K
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online
Program Plans


The Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is designed to develop knowledge and skills to understand the process of language learning and development. It combines theoretical perspectives and empirical studies to provide students with an understanding of the way in which language affects and is affected by the social and cultural environment.

Why study with us?

The University of Newcastle has now an established reputation, nationally and internationally, as a provider of very high-quality postgraduate coursework programs in Applied Linguistics.  These programs have now been in operation for over eight years, with a continuously increasing number of participating students.  Our students report very high levels of satisfaction with both the Applied Linguistics Program itself and the employment opportunities that the Award offers upon graduation.  International students find Newcastle a very safe and friendly environment for their University studies.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

The Graduate Certificate is a 40 unit postgraduate qualification.

Discipline areas include: Linguistics, Education, English, Languages, Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Bachelor Degree

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.

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Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of this program should contact the Department of Education in their state jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

In order to qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics, a student must pass 40 units. 

Students must complete

  • DIRECTED COURSES - 10 units

Students who have successfully completed LING6010 or LING6020 or LING6060 or LING6080 or LING6950 in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics cannot apply for credit for any of these courses in the Master of Applied Linguistics.

Course Information

English Grammar and Structure specialisation

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
LING6020 Structure of English Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6910 Foundation of Linguistics Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6930 Language and Meaning Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the following directed courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
LING6010 Introduction to Syntax Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6060 Issues of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Not currently offered 10 units
LING6080 Academic Writing Not currently offered 10 units
LING6950 Research Preparation Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
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