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Best Postgraduate English Language Courses in Australia

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If you want to gain an advantage in the competitive world of English language teaching, here are some of Australia’s most high-ranking postgraduate courses you can study.


1. Master of English in a Global Context, The University of Melbourne

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 32 nd / 760

The Master of English in a Global Context is a unique program that aims to develop your confidence and competence as an international English communicator. The innovative program brings together linguistic and cross-cultural communication theory, with academic and language skills learning. You will gain powerful insights into cross cultural interaction and the role of English as a global communication tool, while simultaneously increasing your own English proficiency and flexibility.

2. Master of Philosophy - Arts & Social Sciences – English, The Australian National University

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 49 th / 760

The Australian National University provides our Master of Philosophy students with a vibrant research community and outstanding program support. When selecting a research program, an institution's reputation is everything. ANU is one of the world's leading universities, and the smart choice for your research program. 

3. Master of English Studies, The University of Sydney

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 59 th / 760

The Master of English Studies is designed for research students from Australia and overseas, secondary school teachers and those interested in studying English literature at an advanced level.

Through the course you will bring together contemporary critical theory with literary narratives and investigate how and why literature still enjoys particular resonance in the 21st century. You will consider the ways in which the study of literature works in a specifically Australian cultural context.

4. Master of Philosophy - English Language, The University of Queensland

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 69 th / 760

The aim of the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program is to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skills in candidates. On completion of the period of research, the student should possess the ability to formulate a significant problem, mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological frameworks, and the capacity for articulate and critical analysis. The MPhil thesis provides evidence of significant research as the culmination of 1.5-2 years full-time equivalent study and research training.

5. Masters Degree (Coursework) Teaching (Secondary) - English Double Method, The University of New South Wales

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 96 th / 760

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) at UNSW is an accelerated postgraduate initial secondary teacher education program. Our Secondary Teaching courses are uniquely designed to provide a nationally accredited preservice teaching qualification and, at the same time, support students in their transition into their first year of teaching. They offer you the opportunity to learn innovative teaching methods that link practice with theory.

6. Master of Philosophy (English and Creative Writing), The University of Newcastle

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 301 st / 760

The University of Newcastle has one of the top-rated English departments in Australia. We offer a dynamic, innovative team offering a unique blend of criticism and creativity in its approach to literature and writing. With our proven records in research and supervision, PhD and Masters by Research students will benefit from expertise that covers a wide range of subjects: Renaissance/ 19th Century Literature, Modern/ Contemporary Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Children's Literature, Indigenous Studies and Creative Writing. Our writing program is one of the oldest and most successful programs in the country.

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With a strong economy and student-friendly post-study opportunities, it is easy to see why Australia is a popular study destination for international students.

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