Master in Applied Linguistics


Course Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:

  • understand the theoretical principles and research practices underlying contemporary language education and Applied Linguistics and apply them in a sustainable manner
  • formulate and investigate problems, propose solutions to current practices, and reflect critically on the relevant empirical and theoretical literature
  • identify, access, analyse and synthesise information from a wide range of sources using appropriate technologies
  • communicate information and ideas effectively in speech and writing in ways that are appropriate for a range of audiences
  • engage effectively with appropriate technologies to store and communicate relevant information in conjunction with contemporary language education and Applied Linguistics practices
  • demonstrate capacity for independent self-directed learning; critically evaluate personal performance through a range of learning interactions; respond to feedback with a view to development as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner
  • consider language education, Applied Linguistics and professional issues from a variety of perspectives and value-systems with a view to informing and improving professional practice and applying international standards
  • appreciate the value of individual and cultural differences in language use and learning, and the important implications they have for effective practice and professionalism in the workplace
  • work both independently and as part of a team in a way that demonstrates professionalism, a commitment to social and ethical practices and the capacity for future leadership in the field of language education and Applied Linguistics


  • An education/teaching degree assessed as being equivalent of a four-year Australian degree (normally a Bachelor of Education or a four-year combined/double education degree e.g. BSc/BEd) OR
  • A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time equivalent AND either a Graduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching or equivalent, Graduate Certificate in TESOL or CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) or equivalent OR
  • A bachelor degree of at least three years full time equivalent AND at least two years' full-time documented language teaching experience in the last ten years OR
  • An honours or master's degree

All applicants will be expected to have achieved an average of 70% (3.5 GPA) or above or equivalent, in their most recently tertiary course. Where this cannot be shown, there will need to be documented evidence of at least two tears' full-time English language teaching experience in the last ten years.


To be paid into the program’s bank account (in VND) prior to the commencement of each Trimester
Tri 3A, 2017: 1,216 AUD x 2 Units = 2,432 AUD
(annual increase)
Tri 1A, 2018: 1,277 AUD x 2 Units = 2,554 AUD
Tri 2A, 2018: 1,277 AUD x 2 Units = 2,554 AUD
Tri 3A, 2018: 1,277 AUD x 2 Units = 2,554 AUD


  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands, OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications approved in writing by CURTIN

English Test results are valid for two years from the date of testing

Supporting documentation to be provided

  • Previous qualifications (academic transcripts, grading system descriptions and award certificates)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (Academic IELTS results, TOEFL results or other recognized English test results)
  • Supplementary information (as applicable; CV, Letter of Employment)
  • A copy of personal identification (passport)

All documents must be received in accordance with Curtin’s Scanned Documents and Certification Requirements and Guidelines


  • The Program is delivered in English and comprises of four (4) study periods totalling 200 credits
  • 1.5 years course duration
  • Three (3) study periods offered per year (Trimester 1A, 2A and 3A)
  • 14 contact hours per unit
  • One (1) face-to-face workshop delivered at the beginning of all units at SEAMEO RETRAC, Vietnam
  • Online tutorial support provided throughout the study period

LING6000   Language Acquisition
LING6001   Language in Society
EDUC6008  Independent Study
EDUC6025  Language Teaching Methodologies
EDUC6027  Language Teaching Course Design and Assessment
EDUC6039  Language Analysis
EDUC6040  Special Topics in Applied Linguistics
EDUC6041  Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

Curtin University Academics
Prof Rhonda Oliver
Dr Toni Dobinson
Dr Paul Mercieca
Assoc Prof Craig Lambert                
Dr Dang Van Hung
Dr Do Thi Hoai Thu
Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong
Dr Nguyen Dinh Thu

Program Coordinators
Dr Toni Dobinson, Curtin University

Program Directors
Assoc Prof Anna Parkin Dean International
Faculty of Humanities Curtin University
Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong Director SEAMEO RETRAC

Dr Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang
Deputy Dean
Division of Foreign Studies
Phone: (848) 38245 618 (ext 117)
SEAMEO Regional Training Center
35 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fax: (84-28) 38232 175