About Us

About Us

The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is one of the largest and most diverse linguistics departments in Australia, and possibly one of the largest and most diverse departments internationally. The department hosts various research centres, clinical groups, and other research groups, which collaboratively foster a dynamic and interdisciplinary teaching and research environment.

Teaching and research excellence

Teaching and research within the department extends across five distinct, yet interrelated, disciplinary areas:

  1. Applied linguistics & teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
  2. Translation and interpreting
  3. Audiology
  4. Speech and language pathology
  5. Editing and electronic publishing

The Department is particularly proud to be home to a Macquarie University Research Centre, the Centre for Language Sciences. Alongside the Department of Cognitive Science, CLaS has members in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). CCD is funded for 7 years from 2011, and is directed by Professor Stephen Crain. There are several other active research groups within the department, including the Centre for Language in Social Life, the Applied Linguistics and Language in Education Research Centre and the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Research which includes sign language interpreting. The department prides itself on being the world's leading institution for research in Auslan, the Australian sign language.

A leading Audiology section in the department has been crucial in ensuring Macquarie's central involvement as one of five core parties in the HEARing Co-operative Research Centre. Our Speech and Hearing Clinic, provides services to the community as well as placement opportunities for students.

Our courses 

Linguistics staff members support undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees as well as postgraduate research degrees. We cater to the interests of a diverse student body, With over 130 domestic and international students currently enrolled in Higher Degree Research programs, primarily in the PhD, and we also have students enrolled in joint PhD programs with other universities overseas.

Course enquiries

Ph: 02 9850 7102
Email: ling.postgrad@mq.edu.au

Our staff

Our academic staff are involved in teaching, research and community outreach. We have strong links with the broader linguistics community through professional associations and active involvement with organisations at all levels.

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