Linguistics and Language Applications
Linguistics and Language Applications
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Language Applications
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Linguistics and Translation
Mode of Study

Aims of Major

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

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

  1. Apply knowledge of linguistics, language skills and modern language technology to their professional careers.
  2. Perform, as proficient, effective and versatile communicators with a good understanding of the nature of language, language-related applications in a competitive and multilingual workplace.
  3. Benefit from their exposure to world languages and cultures when working with people in an international and culturally diverse workplace.
  4. 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.
  5. Continue to develop intellectually in a life-long learning process.

Degree Requirements

Requirements Normative 4-year
Advanced Standing I1 Advanced Standing II2
Gateway Education requirement 30 credit units 21 credit units 12 credit units
College requirement 6 credit units 6 credit units 0 credit unit
Major requirement

60 credit units

57 credit units 54 credit units
Free electives / Minor (if applicable) 24 credit units 6 credit units 0 credit unit
Minimum Graduation Requirement: 120 credit units 90 credit units 66 credit units
Maximum Credit Units Permitted: 144 credit units 114 credit units 84 credit units
Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted to the senior-year.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Language Applications is recognized by the Education Bureau as a relevant degree for the purpose of teaching English in Hong Kong. With relevant teacher training, our graduates may apply for full exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) (English Language).

Additional Information

Besides being a well-established academic discipline in its own right, linguistics, the scientific study of language, often plays an important role in curricula of language-related majors in universities of the world. In Hong Kong, linguistics degrees are in general recognized as English language majors for the purpose of teaching in schools. Linguistics students may have their strengths in other languages and may choose careers in various language-related fields. Coupling language with information technology also gives students an advantage in the modern world.