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

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1105
Department of Linguistics and Translation (options: BA Linguistics and Language Applications, BA Translation and Interpretation)
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places : 39
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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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; Language Studies and Applications; 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 6 consecutive years (from 2011 to 2016), and rose to 29th  in 2016. Research emphases at the Department include corpus and empirical linguistics, computer-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 JUPAS Applicants

JUPAS HKDSE students will apply for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Linguistics and Translation with an undeclared major*. During their first year of studies, students will study a broad range of Gateway Education (GE), College core courses, as well as Department foundation-year courses in Linguistics and Translation. Students will enter a major after finishing the first year of study. The top 40% of students [based on (i) cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B; (ii) no failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B; and (iii) completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the number of credit units specified by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of Linguistics and Translation for their required courses] will have free choice of either major offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major of their choice, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.   

*Current major options: Linguistics and Language Applications, Translation and Interpretation. The University reserves the right to make changes to the major offerings.

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements

First-Year Curriculum

During their first year, students will study a broad range of Gateway Education (GE), College core 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.)

Linguistics and Language Applications

Programme Title
BA Linguistics and Language Applications
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.

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

Student/Alumni sharing is available at

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)