Studies in applied linguistics equip you with the necessary knowledge, tools and understanding for working in areas of second language teaching, translation, interpretation and other second language areas. They are designed around the practical applications of language studies.



Why Choose

Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL is a valuable asset in the vibrant international field of second language teaching. The on-going demand for qualified teachers of English and other second languages like Chinese and Japanese provides a wide range of employment opportunities in Australia and overseas. These include classroom teaching, testing, and language program management. Graduates also take up positions in business and government that draw on the understanding of how languages are used in different settings and cultures. 

Being part of the program allows you to:

  • Develop your identity as a language professional

Graduates emerge with a critical understanding of current approaches and developments in the field.  A particular emphasis is placed on applying these understandings to professional practice in teaching and other areas of language use including translation, editing, tourism and marketing.

  • Become part of a global network

The MA program has a strong national and international reputation. Graduates take up, and in many cases return to, teaching and administrative positions in high schools, universities and language schools in Australia/New Zealand and abroad. The latter include East Asia (China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Vietnam), Europe (UK and Finland), Latin America (Chile and Colombia), the Middle East (Oman and Saudi Arabia), Africa (Egypt, Mozambique), and North America (Canada, USA, Mexico). There is a strong social component in the program and there are many oppportunities for you to network outside the classroom. 

  • Research opportunities

Research options are also available for students with interests in further study. Graduates have also been highly successful in pursuing research higher degrees, winning PhD scholarships at top universities in the Australasian region, North America and Europe.



The courses taught at the Undergraduate level, provide students with a basic introduction and understanding of applied linguistics, communicating across cultures, and also specific written skills for international students. These courses provide a taster to the world of applied linguistics and may inspire students towards further study. Courses include second language acquisition and teaching, language learning technology, and intercultural communication.


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Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL

This postgraduate coursework program in Applied Linguistics and TESOL is a quality professional development program for teachers of English and other second languages, as well as for Australian and International language professionals in second language teaching, learning and use. Coursework covers the linguistic, psychological, educational and socio-cultural aspects of language learning and use, and combine the mastery of key concepts and skills with reflective practice and application. Examined are the ways in which these elements shape language teaching practice, individual learning outcomes, and the measurement of proficiency across learners and settings.

What our graduates are doing

Education Consultant for international firm


Since graduating, Wanhua has been working as an Education Consultant for an international student education consultancy firm in Australia. The company focuses on assisting international students with their study plans and visas in Australia, as well as providing English courses for academic and general purposes before their course commencement.

"My experience in the Applied Linguistics program has taught me valuable lessons on understanding the needs of English as a second language learners and obstacles they may come across.

"The multicultural and diverse learning environment of the programme has helped me developing important skills to communicate with people of different cultural and ethnicity backgrounds, which is essential for my everyday work.

"My degree has opened doors for me because being an UQ graduate, employers recognise that I am trained by world leading experts in the field and are equipped with solid yet practical expertise on language education."

In the future, Wanhua hopes to continue working in the field of international student education, help students achieve their study goals, as well as help English as a second language learners with their language learning.

Wanhua has a Masters in Applied Linguistics from The University of Queensland.