Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
097509B

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.
  • Study at a university ranked No. 1 in South Australia for Learner Engagement in the Humanities2.
  • 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 teaching.
  • Engage with industry partners and organisations as part of your studies through the optional Professional Directions Program

12019 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 22021 Good Universities Guide –Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences (Undergraduate). 3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 42021 Good Universities Guide – Undergraduate.

Snapshot

Snapshot

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.

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 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 the ways in which fundamental to human understanding, communication and culture.
  • 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:

* Please note that this major is only available to students whose second language is English.

You will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and two electives.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
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 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language and Identity LANG 2022 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
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 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language, Meaning and Discourse LANG 3041 4.5
Language Ideology and Policy LANG 3039 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 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 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 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.

Assessment

Assessment

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 industry partners and organisations as part of your studies through the optional Professional Directions Program

There is also an opportunity to study a portion of your degree overseas, as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program (full semester) or Professional Experience Program (part 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

As part of this degree you may have the opportunity to complete a placement, either overseas or locally as part of the as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program or Professional 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:

  • micro 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, employment 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:

  • security and intelligence
  • annotation analyst
  • research
  • public service and administration
  • education

With additional qualifications, students can go on to specialise in:

  • teaching
  • computational linguist
  • speech pathology
  • translating and interpreting
  • consultancy

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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

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


Scholarships

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

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect 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 international 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:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and my research is in professional and organisational communication, mainly in health settings. I hold a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from University of York, and an MA and PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University. My interests cover the humanities and social sciences. Before academia, I worked in Germany in software ergonomics, the wine industry, and later in education. Our Bachelor of Arts program develops each student’s interests, strengths and aspirations, enabling students 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 Jonathan Crichton

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)
Employment: Audiology Joint Venture Partner

Christopher Denton

Christopher Denton

Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)
<br />Employment: Audiology Joint Venture Partner

“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)

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Clover Glasgow

Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)