Department of Linguistics

Department of Linguistics

Our department is one of the largest and most diverse linguistics departments in Australia. We offer a wide range of programs on campus, as well as some through distance learning, within an interdisciplinary teaching and research environment.

Through our PACE program, you will get hands-on experience in the field. We encourage students outside of the department and faculty to enrol in our People and Planet units. More information can be found in the Macquarie Handbook.

Higher degree research

We carry out research and PhD supervision across a wide range of areas in linguistics that can broadly be grouped into language sciences and applied language.

We also have several research groups working in the following areas:

  • language acquisition and disorders of language
  • language, speech and hearing
  • languages in society, including applied linguistics, translation and interpreting studies and sociolinguistics

Discover more about the research work undertaken by academics within this department. If you’re interested in doing research training or a research degree at Macquarie University, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your idea or find out more about applying,

Research centres

The department is particularly proud to be home to 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.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to For enquiries relating to research degrees, please contact the Human Sciences HDR Office.

The Faculty of Human Sciences Student Centre is located at the ground floor of C3A, and open 9am - 5pm.

International student enquiries: submit an online enquiry.


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