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

翻譯及語言學系 [選項:文學士(語言學及語言應用) 、文學士(翻譯及傳譯)]

Academic Year of Entry 2021/22
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
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Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1105

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Department of Linguistics and Translation


Head's words

" Language is fascinating! It is what makes us unique!
Language is what we live with and live by. It is all around us, but do you know what language is, how language works, and what you can do with language? The Linguistics and Translation Department is here to provide the most comprehensive, appliable and dynamically growing programs of ALL language-related studies, for academic pursuit as well as professional development. You are welcome to come and explore the fascinating language wonderland with us! "

Professor LIU, Meichun
Head, Department of Linguistics and Translation 


The Department of Linguistics and Translation offers programmes of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels 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.

The Department offers TWO B.A. major programmes and two minor programmes at the undergraduate level, and M.A., MPhil. and PhD programmes at the postgraduate level, as specified below:

Two B.A. major programmes: B.A. in Linguistics and Language Applications and B.A. in Translation and Interpretation
Two B.A. minor programmes: Minor in Linguistics and Language Applications; Minor in Translation

M.A. in Language Studies with four streams - Corpus and Empirical Linguistics, Pedagogical Linguistics, General Linguistics, and Translation and Interpretation
Research degree studies toward M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in the core research areas of the Department

The Department encourages and promotes research in such areas as general linguistics, language technology or intelligent linguistic applications and translation and interpretation studies. According to QS World University Rankings by Subject, Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong has been ranked among the top 50 universities worldwide for 10 consecutive years (from 2011 to 2020). Research emphases in 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). Besides, the Department is operating three laboratories. The Language and Cognition Laboratory (LCL) is established to be one of the best equipped cognitive/neurocognitive laboratories of language studies in the region. It has all the research tools, basic as well as 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. Its main research interests include phonetics and typology of the sounds of Chinese dialects, phonetic explanations for sound changes in Chinese, and phonetics in second language acquisition. It has a collection of research tools for investigation of the acoustical, articulatory, perceptual, and physiological properties of speech sounds. The Department also has a multipurpose simultaneous interpretation laboratory with the most advanced equipment and facilities designed for professional training in simultaneous and consecutive interpretation as well as 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 course.

Applicants 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.)