BA Linguistics and Language Applications

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1236
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years for Advanced Standing I
2 years for Advanced Standing II
Programme Website Click here to open
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Major Leader
Dr LUN Suen, Caesar
BA MA (U. of Texas at Austin), PhD (HKU)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8705 (Phone)
+852 3442 0359 (Fax)

Our Target

Upon successful completion of this major, students should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of linguistics and modern language technology to their professional careers;
  • perform as proficient, effective and versatile communicators with a good understanding of the nature of language and language-related applications in a competitive and multilingual workplace;
  • benefit from their exposure to world languages and cultures when working with people in an international and culturally diverse workplace;
  • think analytically, critically and creatively, and apply their training in knowledge discovery, evaluating alternatives and formulating ideas, which may be innovative, to their study, work and life; and
  • continue to develop intellectually through a life-long learning process.

Start Your Career Here

This major provides students with an education in linguistics and language applications. Students will develop an analytical mind and an open attitude towards people from different cultures, which will prepare them for careers that require knowledge of both language and information technology. This programme is recognised by the Education Bureau as an English language degree for the purpose of teaching in Hong Kong.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

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

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed the Associate Degree/Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award.

HKDSE students will apply through JUPAS. They can select this major after the first year of study at the Department of Linguistics and Translation. For details, click here.


For details about the curriculum structure of the programme, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue(Note: The catalogue for the 2016 cohort is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

What You Will Be Studying

There are two main subject areas: Linguistics and Language Applications.

  • Core Linguistic subjects include Linguistics, Language in Society, Language and Mind, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax and Semantics.
  • Core Language Applications subjects include Introduction to Electronic Publishing, Language Technology, and Computational Linguistics.
  • At a more advanced level, students can choose to study subjects such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Conversation Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, First Language Acquisition, Instrumental Phonetics, Machine Translation, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, Text Linguistics, Language and Cognition, etc.

Bonus Features

Participating in the internships and other co-curricular activities offered provides valuable job experience in fields that require knowledge of languages, linguistics and language applications.

Exchange programmes provide students with opportunities to gain experience of studying and living abroad for a semester, by paying the local tuition fees.

Did You Know?

With the growing popularity of the Web and apps as information resources and means of interaction, the field of language applications is advancing as academic institutions and industry partners work together to realise the growing potential of linguistically sophisticated applications.

Language professionals are needed not just for teaching jobs at all levels, but also for vacancies in the private sector such as editors, technical writers, translators, reporters, journalists, anchor persons, PR personnel, etc.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Linguistics of City University of Hong Kong ranked 29th in 2016.

Student/Alumni Sharing

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