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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

Apply linguistic skills and know-how in today’s globalised professional and community settings. This new course has a special emphasis on diversity in the language of professional and social engagement. You will learn core concepts of language and culture, and gain skills in applying them in areas ranging from business to education, teaching English to speakers of other languages, community relations, media, medicine, and law.

Why study with us?

This program offers exciting opportunities to deepen your knowledge of linguistics and cross-cultural communication, and develop new skills as you put this knowledge into practice. Analyse the forms and functions of language, both spoken and written, and study how language connects with visual contexts – gesture, image, film and sound, and digital platforms. You will develop a critical awareness of the connections between language, culture and society.

Gain experience and skills in professional practice relating to the application of cross-cultural and linguistic knowledge and skills, and pursue research as a foundation for higher degree research.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP, an earlier closing date may apply – check the closing dates section below. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year.  CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year 
CSP closing date: 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year
CSP closing date: 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year
Semester 2
 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics you must complete 96 credit points, including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study:
    • Structure and Function of Language
    • Language, Society and Power
    • Discourse and Communication
    • Cross Cultural Communication; and
  • a maximum of 60 credit points from elective units of study; and
  • a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning / credit for previous studies is available for this course, refer to Admission Requirement below.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Towards the end of your degree you will complete a capstone experience. This can be:

  • A Dissertation of 12,000 words on an approved topic, written under the supervision of an academic member of staff; or
  • A Professional Practice unit.

Admission requirement

Entry in the 1 year or 2 year degree program is determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics (2 years full-time) requires:

  •  a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.

Admission to candidature for the Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics (1.5 years full-time) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average in a relevant discipline, calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • relevant professional work experience.

Admission to candidature for the Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics (1 year full-time) requires:

  • completion of the embedded Graduate Diploma in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • an Honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • relevant professional work experience and a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet the requirements listed above for direct entry to the Master’s degree, you may be able to enter via a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same subject area and upgrade to the Master’s after successful completion of the shorter course.

Career Pathways

You will be equipped to address a range of real-world issues in language and communication, and work in areas as diverse as public relations in business, literacy in multilingual education, community engagement, teaching English to speakers of other languages, legal language, news discourse, and doctor/patient communication in health settings.

Future study options

Progress to Postgraduate Research. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences supports and pursues the University's goal of excellence in research, encouraging research of national and international standing, and identifying and enhancing fields of basic, strategic and applied research. Many of the Faculty's distinguished academic staff have recognised international standing and include Federation Fellows and Fellows of Learned Academies and Societies.

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International students

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