Start Date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444391 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Year 12 (ATAR-based): 65.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,C
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Degree overview

  • Enhance your employment prospects by studying Applied Linguistics with a second major. Taking a second major will develop your capabilities to explore and understand diverse ways of thinking, which is highly regarded by prospective employers.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers – in fact, we’re No. 1 in South Australia for research in Linguistics1.
  • Ranked No.1 in South Australia for Teaching Quality, Student Support and Learning Resources in Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences2.
  • Join South Australia's No. 1 university for Creative Arts Campus Facilities3, and Learning Resources4.
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study, including the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and Master of Social Work.
  • Gain international experience as part of the Global Experience study tours or Hawke Professional Experience Program.
  • Engage with community and industry partners and explore employment pathways through placements and mentoring in the optional Professional Directions Program.

12019 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20, SA publicuniversities.3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities . 42021 Good Universities Guide – Undergraduate.



As a student studying the Applied Linguistics major you will gain an in-depth understanding of human language and learn how language shapes human experience, through the integration of theoretical and applied perspectives, with a strong practical, community and industry focus.

You will:

  • Explore the ways in which language is fundamental to human understanding, communication and cultures.
  • Gain expertise in the applications of linguistics to contemporary issues and professional concerns.
  • Use your high-level linguistic, analytical, research and problem-solving skills as global professionals in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.

You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that can be transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

Learn more about how to tailor your Arts degree to suit your interests in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher-Grade Point Average (GPA), you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Under the guidance of world-class researchers1 you will embark on an in-depth study of the nature of human language. You will develop in-depth knowledge in your chosen specialisations, enhancing your critical thinking, research capabilities and problem-solving skills. You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, and communication skills that can be transferred across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers. You will focus on:

  • Developing an in-depth understanding of human language, and how languages and cultures shape communication, identities and learning in the contemporary world.
  • Exploring what is fundamental to human understanding, communication and culture in societies, institutions, organisations, workplaces and communities..
  • Using your high-level linguistic, analytical, research and problem solving skills as global professionals in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from the following:

You will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and Professional Directions Program 1 & 2 or two electives.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Truth, Lies and Being Human HUMS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Language and Communication in Applied Linguistics LANG 1062 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Language in Society LANG 1056 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language and Identity LANG 2022 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Communication, Work and Organisations LANG 2021 4.5
Major 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language, Meaning and Discourse LANG 3041 4.5
Language Policy and Ideology LANG 3039 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Multilingualism: Contact, Change and Mobility LANG 3038 4.5
Language Learning and Assessment LANG 3037 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • individual and group presentations
  • critical analysis
  • essays
  • reflective journals
  • research assignments
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • online quizzes
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest. Applied Linguistics is increasingly recognised as important for emergent areas of employment and technology. You will learn from world-class educators and researchers1 in linguistics and benefit from our state-of-the-art learning facilities.

You will have opportunities to engage with community and industry partners through placements and mentoring conversations as part of your studies through the Professional Directions Program

There are also opportunities to study a portion of your degree overseas, as part of the Global Experience study tours, or the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program (full semester). As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination. 

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with one major and one minor Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses. 

Real-world connections

As part of this degree you have opportunities to complete placements, either overseas or locally. Locally, you can engage with community and industry partners through placements and mentoring conversations in the Professional Directions Program. You may choose to participate in the University’s Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program. These are great opportunities for you to build professional relationships and networks.

You can also make industry connections and gain valuable work experience by taking part in any of the following:

  • Placements in over 100 organisations though the Professional Directions Program in second year.
  • A wide range of international NGOs through the Hawke Ambassador Program.
  • Attending regular University-wide employee master classes, career development planningemployment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Your knowledge of language structure and use, combined with strong analytical and research skills, can lead to further study or a career in such diverse fields as: 

  • Government, diplomacy and trade 
  • Defence, intelligence and security 
  • Migrant, refugee, and multicultural services 
  • Community and social services 
  • Health, wellbeing and aged care 
  • Policy and research 
  • Education 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Speech pathology 
  • Translating and interpreting 
  • Healthcare communication 

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an Arts student you will have access to: 

  • The on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world 
  • A diverse range of community and industry partner organisations who host student placements and offer mentoring conversations off campus so you can engage and explore real-world connections between your studies and future work in the Professional Directions Program 
Your study spaces

Your program director

I am Director of the Bachelor of Arts Programs, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and Fellow of the Advanced Higher Education Academy, UK. 

My academic background is in Languages and Applied Linguistics (BA Hons, PhD), following extensive experience in clinical practice across a range of health and medical domains in Australia. My work places a strong focus on developing reciprocal, trusting relationships in my teaching, mentoring and engagement with students, and in my research in partnership with colleagues, community and industry. My teaching and research inform each other. I coordinate and teach core courses in the Bachelor of Arts, and my research focuses on language and communication in professions and organisations in various contexts. These include state and nationally funded projects in health care, aged care, education, counselling, and policing.  

The upshot is that our Bachelor of Arts program develops each student’s interests, strengths and aspirations, enabling each student to explore and prepare for a wide range of career and life goals. The unique double major structure combines theory and practice with real-world experience to develop strong interdisciplinary skills that are highly valued by industry, government and community. 

Dr Fiona O'Neill

Program Director

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Dr Fiona O'Neill

Program Director


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What others are saying

"Lectures and tutorials are always engaging because the lecturers are passionate about the topics they teach. Not only did they teach me how to be successful academically, but they also shared an understanding of the importance and impact language has in professional settings."

Christopher Denton

Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)
Audiology Joint Venture Partner | Specsavers Australia

Christopher Denton

Christopher Denton

Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)
Audiology Joint Venture Partner | Specsavers Australia

“I chose to study Arts at UniSA for two reasons. The first is that it has the most interesting and comprehensive linguistics major, and the second is the double major offering. This allowed me to specialise in both, Sociology and Applied Linguistics, instead of having to choose one. What I have enjoyed the most is the academic environment. The academic staff are friendly and approachable, and it has been an amazing experience to learn from people who want to see me succeed.”

Clover Glasgow

Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)


Clover Glasgow

Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

The knowledge I have gained studying linguistics has improved both my communication and interpersonal skills. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to be able to learn and grow in an environment where diverse languages and cultures are celebrated.

Peter Leach

Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

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Peter Leach

Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)