The Master of Language Studies is a 72-unit coursework program offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The course may be taken over four semesters full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution, which includes a major, completed with a Credit or better Grade Point Average, in one or more of the following languages: French, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish and Indonesian. However, under special circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Dean (Education) may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. 

Course aims

The course aims to:

  • provide an advanced level of understanding of one of the following areas of specialisation: Cultural Studies and/or Applied Linguistics, relative to French, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Indonesian, or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), according to the option chosen
  • expose students to an in-depth body of knowledge relative to the above area of specialisation
  • train students to form broad conceptual understandings while gaining depth of knowledge of a particular area of specialisation, through coursework and through a supervised study project
  • provide advanced practical language training
  • provide vocational knowledge and abilities in areas relevant to the language professional.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, graduates will:

  • demonstrate broad knowledge of Cultural Studies and/or Applied Linguistics Studies, relative to French, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Indonesian, or TESOL, according to the area of specialisation chosen
  • demonstrate highly advanced critical understanding of complex theories and principles underpinning the chosen area of Language Studies, and knowledge of current issues therein
  • have successfully completed a research project in a specific area of Language Studies
  • be able to communicate at a high level of competence in language skills intrinsic to specialised vocational applications
  • demonstrate highly advanced level of knowledge and skills in relation to cross-cultural communication
  • demonstrate understanding and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity at both local and global levels.  


Students who have completed an Honours degree in French, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish or Indonesian, or the Graduate Diploma in Language Teaching at Flinders University may be eligible to receive 36 units of credit.

Those who have completed a Graduate Certificate in Language Teaching at Flinders University may be eligible to receive 18 units of credit.

Credit may be granted, on application, for equivalent post-graduate or Honours studies, completed at another tertiary institution.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Language Studies a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

49.5 units chosen from topics offered in:

  • Group A - Language and Cultural Studies
  • Group B - Applied Linguistics
  • Group C - Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

These topics should be chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Core Topics

 LANG7413  Preparing for Language Studies Research  (4.5 units)
 LANG9901A  Language Research Project  (9 units)
 LANG9901B  Language Research Project  (9 units)

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before enrolling in these topics.

Option - Applied Linguistics

 LANG8001  Introduction to Second Language Acquisition  (4.5 units)
 LANG8002  Second Language Teaching Methodology  (4.5 units)
 LANG8003  Introduction to Classroom-based Research  (4.5 units)
 LING7102  Cross-cultural Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication  (4.5 units)
 LING8605  Intercultural Communication in Everyday Life and the Workplace  (4.5 units)

Option - Language and Cultural Studies

 LANG7401  Language Studies A  (4.5 units)
 LANG7402  Language Studies B  (4.5 units)
 LANG7411  Culture Studies A  (4.5 units)
 LANG7412  Culture Studies B  (4.5 units)
 LANG8503  Literature and Society  (4.5 units)
 LANG8701  Study Abroad Program  (4.5 units)

Option - Teaching English as a Second Language

 ESOL8001  Second Language Learning and Teaching  (4.5 units)
 ESOL8002  Second Language Testing  (4.5 units)
 ESOL8003  Introduction to English Linguistics  (4.5 units)
 ESOL9004  TESOL Methodology  (4.5 units)
 ESOL9005  ESOL Pedagogy  (4.5 units)
 ESOL9006  English as a Global Language  (4.5 units)