Department of Linguistics and Translation (options: BA Linguistics and Language Applications, BA Translation and Interpretation)

Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1105
Department of Linguistics and Translation (options: BA Linguistics and Language Applications, BA Translation and Interpretation)
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
Direct Application Places (Local Students) :

7 for the Department of Linguistics and Translation

Non-Local Students Places : Please click here for details.
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1105

Department of Linguistics and Translation

The Department of Linguistics and Translation offers programmes of study at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our programmes are designed to address the growing needs of Hong Kong and other Chinese communities for language professionals well versed in linguistics and language applications, translation and interpretation.
At the undergraduate level, our programmes include the BA in Linguistics and Language Applications and the BA in Translation and Interpretation. The Department also offers minors in Linguistics and Language Applications; and Translation.
At the postgraduate level, the Department offers a non-government funded MA programme in Language Studies (with streams in General Linguistics; Corpus and Empirical Linguistics; Pedagogical Linguistics; and Translation and Interpretation).
In addition to the taught programmes mentioned above, the Department also offers research degree studies towards MPhil and PhD degrees in the core research areas of the Department.
The Department encourages and promotes research in areas such as general linguistics, language applications or intelligent linguistic applications, and translation and interpretation studies. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong has ranked among the top 50 universities worldwide for 7 consecutive years (from 2011 to 2017), and rose to 26th  in 2017. Research emphases at the Department include corpus and empirical linguistics, comptuer-assisted language learning, computational linguistics, discourse analysis, interpreting, translation (machine and human), syntax, semantics, phonetics and terminology.
The Department also maintains links with The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS). The Department operates three laboratories. The Language and Cognition Laboratory (LCL) is one of the best equipped cognitive/neurocognitive laboratories for language studies in the region. It has all the necessary research tools, both basic and advanced, and state-of-the-art research facilities for carrying out cognitive/neurocognitive research in various aspects of language-related human cognitive capabilities. The Phonetics Laboratory was established in 1995. The laboratory’s main research goals include the phonetics and typology of the sounds of Chinese dialects, phonetic explanations for sound changes in Chinese and phonetics in second language acquisition. It is equipped with a collection of research tools for investigating the acoustic, articulatory, perceptual and physiological properties of speech sounds. The Department also has a multi-purpose laboratory with the most advanced equipment and facilities designed for professional training in simultaneous and consecutive interpretation and for language learning.

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1105) will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Linguistics and Translation. Students will enter a major (current major options: Linguistics and Language Applications, Translation and Interpretation) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

# based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courseApplicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programmes:

  • BA Linguistics and Language Applications (admission code: 1236A)
  • BA Translation and Interpretation (admission code: 1248A)

Click here for the qualifications eligible for advanced standing entry.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

First-Year Curriculum

During their first year, students will study a broad range of Gateway Education (GE), College foundation and specified courses, as well as Department foundation-year courses in linguistics and translation.

Student/Alumni Sharing

Student/Alumni sharing is available at

Student Exchange/Internship

More information about the departmental exchange programmes can be found here.

More information about the departmental professional internships can be found here.

Major Option(s) Currently Available (The University reserves the right to make changes to the major offerings.)