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Department of Linguistics


Postgraduate degrees are programs of study that lead to Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Master's degrees or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). They usually require the successful completion of an appropriate Undergraduate degree or diploma course and sometimes applicants must have professional or other experience. Full details of admission requirements for individual programs can be found in the Programs of Study section in the Handbook of Postgraduate Studies .

Macquarie offers outstanding opportunities for postgraduate study through a wide range of postgraduate courses and world class research centres. The Macquarie University Research Park, our on-campus technology precinct, provides opportunities of many Macquarie students to participate in research projects with companies located there. Macquarie has an extensive Student Exchange Program with links to over 100 universities around the world and has postgraduate linguistics courses delivered on-campus in Asia and Mexico. Many of the postgraduate coursework programs and units can be delivered by distance learning .

There are two main types of postgraduate courses, research and coursework on offer within the Department.

Research Degrees

Higher Degrees by Research lead to either Masters or Doctoral awards and are designed to assist graduates to investigate and contribute to advanced knowledge in their chosen discipline and to develop proficiency in conducting research.

To be eligible for consideration for admission to a Master by research degree an applicant must normally possess a Bachelor degree from a recognized tertiary institution with an acceptable level of attainment in an appropriate area of study. To be eligible for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy program a candidate must normally possess either a Bachelor degree with first-class or second-class honours division 1, or a Master degree with a substantial research component from a recognised university or other tertiary institution.

The program of advanced study and research for the degree includes the submission of a thesis embodying the results of the student's work. The thesis for a PhD must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts or the exercise of independent critical power. A candidate's program of study must be supervised by a member academic staff of the University, and will normally be carried out within the University.

For further information visit the Research Degrees page, the Research Section and the Staff Research Interests page.

Resources for current Higher Degree Research (HDR)

HDR Candidates

Coursework Degrees

Coursework programs are usually completed through units of study rather than by research. Postgraduate coursework degrees can result in three different types of accreditation; Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. The admission requirement for postgraduate coursework programs is normally the possession of a Degree of Bachelor from a recognised university or other tertiary institution with major studies in the appropriate field.

For further information you are invited to visit the Postgraduate Coursework Degrees page and the 2013 Handbook.

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