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Program Name: Postgraduate Studies in Applied Linguistics
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Institution: Macquarie University
Address: Department of Linguistics
Macquarie University
City: Sydney
Zip/Postal Code: 2109
State/Province: NSW
Country: Australia
Contact Person: Cooper Lindy, Ms

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Phone: +61 2 9850 9243
Fax: +61 2 9850 9352
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: The Linguistics Department is the largest such department in Australia, with over 100 staff (including technical and support staff), more than 1000 current postgraduate students and four research centres providing a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It has extensive experience in delivering programs in applied linguistics, including Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programs, a Doctor of Applied Linguistics, and the research degrees of MPhil and PhD. More than 1000 students (from 30 countries) have completed or are currently completing courses in the area of applied linguistics, either on campus or by distance, throughout Australia and overseas.

The Master of Applied Linguistics and Postgraduate Diploma programs are intended for Australian and overseas practitioners in a variety of professions whose work is concerned with applied language study. They offer the opportunity for students to specialise in one or more areas of applied linguistics from a common basis of descriptive and empirical training. Five streams are offered at the Master level: a generalist stream, a TESOL specialisation, a Literacy specialisation, Language Program Management specialisation and a Teaching English for Specific Purposes specialisation. Four of these streams are offered at Postgraduate Diploma level and two at Postgraduate Certificate level. By appropriate selection from the optional units and, where selected, by specific direction of the dissertation, it is possible to plan your study to accommodate your professional interests within the overall program structure.

All units may be taken on campus, although some optional units are offered only in alternate years. All core units and most optional units in all the degree programs are also available in distance mode. It is possible to take a mixture of on-campus and distance units.

The Doctor of Applied Linguistics is a professionally oriented research degree which incorporates coursework units and research training with research undertaken in the candidate's workplace. This is available in distance mode only and uses web-based technology to mediate training and research.
Available Financial Aid: Research Degree Students

The University provides several scholarships of interest to Postgraduate Research students including

* Research Awards for Areas and Centres Excellence (RAACE)
* International Research Scholarships
* 2005 International Macquarie University Research Scholarship (iMURS)

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) for Australians to study in the UK in 2005 Information and application forms available from the IDP website

Postgraduate research students are also advised to read the detailed booklet called 'Scholarship Information for Higher Degree Research Candidates' which is available from the Higher Degree Research Unit. The Higher Degree Research Office can provide further information, telephone (02) 9850 7277 or (02) 9850 7663.

Application forms and conditions of awards are available from the Higher Degree Research Unit by phoning (02) 9850 7277, by e-mailing , or by downloading from Higher Degree Research Unit website .

Applications should be forwarded to:

The Scholarships Coordinator
Higher Degree Research Unit
Cottage C4C
Macquarie University 2109.

Further information on Departmental support of Research students may be obtained by contacting Dr Beth Armstrong or Associate Professor Geoff Brindley
Postgraduate Coursework Degree Students

The University provides several scholarships of interest to Postgraduate Coursework Degree Students. It should be noted that postgraduate coursework students are required to pay Student Activity Fees and Tuition Fees. Courses are either fee-paying, Commonwealth supported or RTS/Research HECS Exempt. Students can find out more details from the Macquarie University Postgraduate Coursework Fees and Scholarships page.
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