Undergraduate

Linguistics

From sounds and words to how language is used in different societies and cultures, linguistics is the study of language and communication.
3
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

A major in Linguistics provides a foundation for any career that involves language or languages, human social organisation and culture, or the human mind. In addition to research careers, graduates go on to hold careers in language teaching, speech therapy, journalism and broadcasting, translation and interpreting, Indigenous education and support work and information technology, among others. With the spread of language technology and the development of Artificial Intelligence, linguistic expertise is increasingly relevant – AI will not replace human understanding of linguistic structures.
 
A major in Linguistics provides a foundation for any career that involves language or languages, human social organisation and culture, or the human mind. In addition to research careers, graduates go on to hold careers in language teaching, speech therapy, journalism and broadcasting, translation and interpreting, Indigenous education and support work and information technology, among others. With the spread of language technology and the development of Artificial Intelligence, linguistic expertise is increasingly relevant – AI will not replace human understanding of linguistic structures.
 
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level. Students may select from a range of Masters programs including teaching, translation and marketing. 
This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level. Students may select from a range of Masters programs including teaching, translation and marketing. 

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


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Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$93,300.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$95,100.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

From sounds and words to how language is used in different societies and cultures, linguistics is the study of language and communication. This major aims to provide the broadest grounding in contemporary linguistics and enables you to specialise in your areas of interest. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a variety of linguistic topics including grammatical descriptions, language variation, change and history, semantics, anthropological linguistics, or the study of Australian Aboriginal languages.

About the course

This major aims to give you the broadest possible grounding in contemporary linguistics and enables you to specialise in your areas of interest. This major includes both fascinating theoretical research and practical field-orientated projects. You'll have the opportunity to work on a variety of linguistic topics including grammatical descriptions and dictionaries of Australian Aboriginal languages, analysis of Australian English and Romance languages, the study of meaning in language and the relation between language and society.
Linguistics

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-LINGO
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Linguistics
Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-LINGO
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
  • UWART
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

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Linguistics - Language Across Time

Linguistics - Language Across Time

You'll learn to

  • understand key focuses of, and key concepts in, core sub-areas of linguistics – phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse analysis, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and historical linguistics
  • describe key features of major approaches to language structure, use and variation
  • demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of structures across languages
  • critically interpret and synthesise the content of scholarly publications in linguistics

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

Why study this course?

  • Linguistics is a robust educational foundation that equips you with the core skills an employer looks for, in particular, good communication and thorough analysis
  • Linguistics is the study of language, and language is key to most human interactions. As such, studying linguistics opens many doors.
 
LINGUISTICS

Hear about our major

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Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Why take a second major

  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Study your passion alongside your interests – Do you love Marketing? Law? History of Art? Pursue a career while studying something else you love! Your second major can be from any other faculty across the university.
  • No additional time – Choosing two majors instead of one won’t add any additional time to your undergraduate degree. A standard bachelor degree consists of the same amount of units either way.
  • Discover what you want to do while you’re doing it – Not sure what career you want when you graduate? It’s very common for undergraduate students to be unsure. Choosing two majors in different areas will give you the opportunity to explore multiple interests and see what fits best. Majors can be switched until the end of your first year without adding any time onto your degree.

Check out the popular combinations for this major to get some inspiration on complementary areas to study.

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