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 2020/21
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
(subject to change)
JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places : 39 (local students)
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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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 the 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 ApplicationsMinor 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 9 consecutive years (from 2011 to 2019). 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 JUPAS Applicants

JUPAS applicants 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 courses

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be considered 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 foundation and specified courses, as well as Department foundation-year courses in linguistics and translation.


Student/Alumni Sharing

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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.)

Translation and Interpretation

Programme Title
BA Translation and Interpretation
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Our Target

We offer a wide range of courses to provide students with the skills and knowledge essential for cross-cultural communication in general, and translation/interpretation in particular.­

Career-wise, we train students to become a professional translator/interpreter or language professional in other capacities working with Chinese and English. Academically, we prepare students for the pursuit of a higher degree in translation studies or other language-related academic disciplines.

Above all, we aim to provide a sound education by developing students’ intellect, sharpening their language awareness and sensitising them to the multifaceted problems inherent in cross-cultural communication.

Start Your Career Here

If you are interested in a language-related career, this is the right place for you. Equipped with effective bilingual (Chinese-English) communication skills, our graduates are able to excel in and contribute to society. Since 1992, we have been training graduates who now enjoy successful careers in translation, interpretation, journalism, publishing, teaching and other careers such as marketing, administration and public relations.

What You Will Be Studying
  • Required courses: we offer well-designed classes in theory and practice of translation, interpretation, linguistics, literature and culture.
  • Electives: students can choose from a wide range of specialised translation courses including consecutive and simultaneous interpretation (between Cantonese/Putonghua and English), commerce, finance, law, literature, media, public administration, science and technology, subtitling and dubbing, bilingual editing skills, terminology, computer-aided translation and many more.
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Professional Recognition

Our programme is one of the recognized qualifications of local tertiary institutions recognized for exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) (English Language) by the Hong Kong Education Bureau. With relevant teaching training, our graduates will be granted full exemption from the LPR (English Language) and deemed to have reached Level 3 proficiency in all papers in the LPR. Click here for details.

Bonus Features

We organise a number of co-curricular activities for translation major students, such as interpretation study tours in China, opportunities for internships in local and international companies and exchange programmes with our partner universities all over the world. These activities expose students to the learning experience in tertiary institutions abroad, to the commercial world and to foreign cultures.

Did You Know?

This major provides students with a sound education in translation studies that prepares them for career development or further academic study. It also offers a variety of courses designed to enhance students' linguistic ability, sharpen their language awareness and equip them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in cross-cultural communication.

Major Leader
Mr AU, Kim Lung Kenneth
B.Soc.Sc. (HKU), MA (CUHK)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8705 (Phone)
+852 3442 0359 (Fax)