BA Linguistics and Language Applications


Academic Year of Entry 2020/21
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1236A
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
(subject to change)
Direct Application Places (Local Students) :

6 for the Department of Linguistics and Translation

Advanced Standing II Places (Local Students only) : 40
Non-Local Students Places : Please click here for details.
Minimum No. of Credits Required 90
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)

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Linguistics in the Big Data Era


Our Target

This major aims to educate students so that they will become language professionals who are familiar with linguistics and language-related applications. Students will also develop an analytical, critical and creative mind and an open attitude towards people from different cultures.

Start Your Career Here

This major provides students with  a solid foundation in the scientific study of human language. Students will be prepared for careers that require language expertise and language-related computing skills. In addition to opportunities in advanced studies, graduates will have employment prospects in education and research, as well as in administrative and executive positions in various public and private sectors. They will have an important role to play in language and information service sectors of Hong Kong, Greater China, and world-wide. Moreover, this major is recognized by the Education Bureau as an English language major 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 an 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 may select this major after one year of study at the Department of Linguistics and Translation (JS1105).


For details about the curriculum structure of the programme, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue’.

What You Will Be Studying

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

• Core courses in Linguistics include: Fundamentals of Linguistics, Language in Society, Language and Mind, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax and Semantics.

• Core courses in Language Applications include: Introduction to Language Technology, Electronic Publishing and Computational Linguistics.

• At a more advanced level, students may choose from among courses such as Text Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Computational Lexicography, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, First/Second Language Acquisition and Computer-assisted Language Learning.

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.

According to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject (2019), Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong is ranked 32nd in the world. 

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