Linguistics Society, history and languages

Linguistics Society, history and languages

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language, and its uses and applications in human society.

At Macquarie you’ll conduct scientific research, learning how to analyse and address complex issues in human communication. As a linguist expert, you could pursue rewarding careers with an international organisation or a region with low literacy rate where your skills are needed the most.


Careers in linguistics

Become a linguistOur graduates pursue varied careers in language teaching, journalism, adult and child literacy and health care.

Postgraduate studies lead to you become a:


Audiological Society of Australia

The Master of Clinical Audiology incorporates the Professional Standards of Practice, which have been established by the Audiological Society of Australia the national professional body and is fully accredited.

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters

Our translating and interpreting courses are approved by National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), the regulatory Translating & Interpreting organisation in Australia.

Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) is the professional body representing speech pathologists in Australia. The Master of Speech and Language Pathology follows the SPA's Competency Based Standards for speech pathologists and is accredited by SPA.

Professional experience

At Macquarie, you could start working even before you graduate.  We also offer practical work experience opportunities to students who are pursuing their postgraduate studies in audiology, speech and language pathology, translating and interpreting and TESOL. No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available for you through PACE.

Working with the brightest and smartest

Watch how our Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences student gained practical experience working on a research project with National Acoustic Laboratories.

Student experience

Debra CaswellDebra Caswell
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Debra credits Macquarie for providing her with a solid grounding in linguistics which is critical to her current role.

"I chose Macquarie for its excellent reputation and flexible study options which allowed me to juggle both studies, work and family responsibilities. The course provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to teach English successfully in different TESOL settings. My lecturers are highly-knowledgeable and inspiring. The practicum component in the setting of Migrant Education at TasTAFE, enabled me to directly apply my classroom theory, knowledge and skills. I was able to graduate with confidence and pursue a rewarding career in teaching international students and adults and have never looked back

Graduate outcomes

Katrina KingKatrina King
Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Katrina graduated from Macquarie University with first-class honours from her Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences degree and was also awarded a Vice-Chancellor's commendation on completion of her Masters of Audiology.

Katrina is the Clinical Manager of AudioClinic in NSW and is in charge of audiological training and development for clinicians nationwide. Prior to this she worked in the United States as a research audiologist where she conducted research on understanding the development and plasticity of the central auditory system in individuals with hearing loss. She has authored or co-authored more than 10 scientific papers and she has presented her research at many scientific conferences. Katrina has also worked in a clinical capacity in private practice.

Our expertise in linguistics

Pioneering solutions improve lives of people everywhere

Study with world-class linguist experts whose pioneering work is making a profound impact on our society. The Macquarie Dictionary, AUSLAN and the Australian Style Manual are just a few examples. We coined the term 'Auslan' and together with members of the Australian deaf community helped achieve the recognition of Auslan as a community language by the Australian government.

In collaboration with the scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) and a leading hearing organisation, our linguistics experts switched on the world's first Cochlear Implant (CI) magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner for their first clinical study. The research team is using the magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain imaging technique to measure brain function in recipients of cochlear implants.

Global leader in in child language development

Distinguished Professor Katherine DemuthDistinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

Distinguished Professor Demuth has been granted an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship for her research on child language acquisition.  Only 17 fellowships are awarded each year in Australia.

The results of her research will lead to effective intervention for children, ensuring they develop more efficient language processing abilities as they enter school. These issues are especially relevant for children in remote Australia, where both hearing loss and bilingualism may impact educational outcomes.

Professor Demuth was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, following a peer vote. She is an Australian Laureate Fellow and CORE Professor in Linguistics and the Centre for Language Sciences where she is also Director of the Child Language Lab and a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders.

Linguistics facilities

Speech and hearing clinicSpeech and Hearing Clinic

Our specialist research clinic, backed by technical, clinical and academic resources, provides a diverse clinical training program for our postgraduate students.

The Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub puts you in at the centre of innovation in hearing, language and communication research and development.

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