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Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Language and Literature

Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 72017

Faculty of Humanities
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Stream Code

LLF for MA (Full-time)
PDF for PgD (Full-time)
LLP for MA (Part-time)
PDP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

30 for MA,
21 for PgD

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$3,600 per credit for local students
HK$5,100 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Liu Yi


  • This programme is offered on both full-time and part-time bases to give students maximum flexibility to engage in full-time or part-time study loads. Under normal circumstances, full-time and part-time students are able to complete the programme within 1.5 years and 3 years respectively.  Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to the Department for consideration.
  • Applicants are required to choose either full-time or part-time study on application for admission to the programme. Students who study full-time are required to take a minimum of 9 credits per semester.
  • This programme is offered within the Master of Arts Scheme in Chinese, Linguistics and Translation.

Notes to Applicants

  • Applications can be made to our postgraduate programmes without the help of agencies. Applicants are required to apply online via the Study@PolyU website.
  • Please note that all fields in the application forms should be filled. We will not consider applications that do not provide details of academic qualifications.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme helps students to acquire knowledge of Chinese language, literature and culture, the skills necessary for teaching Chinese and the ability to apply what they have learned to their work.



The programme is designed to equip students with the following professional skills.

Professional Competence

  • The ability to present complex ideas clearly and articulately in appropriate forms of Chinese;
  • The ability to assimilate and analyse complex information in different genres or registers of classical or contemporary Chinese, identifying key issues and drawing well-reasoned conclusions;
  • The ability to use reference books and information technology to obtain information needed for Chinese teaching and learning;
  • The ability to appreciate and analyse works in Chinese literature;
  • The ability to discover, analyse and handle issues in Chinese language teaching and testing; and
  • The ability to analyse Chinese cultural tradition.


Strategic Thinking

  • The ability to assess current issues in literature or linguistic theories.


Lifelong Learning Capability

  • Enhanced lifelong learning capability through inquiry and reflection on theories and practices concerned with language in both local and global contexts.
Recognition & Prospects

The MACLL and the PgDCLL are listed by the Education Bureau as a Recognised Language Major Degree Programme (Chinese Language) and an Approved Post-graduate Programme in Subject Knowledge (PGSK) for Chinese Language Teachers, respectively.


After graduation, students can engage in related occupations such as teachers, editors, etc.


Programme Structure

The programme includes 5 Compulsory Subjects (2 Chinese Language subjects, 2 Chinese Literature subjects and 1 Chinese Culture subject) and a number of Elective Subjects. Students have to take at least 1 Elective Subject from the Chinese Language Block and 1 Elective Subject from the Chinese Literature Block.


MACLL students are required to take 10 subjects (30 credits), of which 5 must be Compulsory Subjects and the remaining 5 Elective Subjects. PgDCLL students are required to take 7 subjects (21 credits), of which 5 must be Compulsory Subjects and the remaining 2 Elective Subjects.


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Description of Chinese I: Words and Sentences
  • Description of Chinese II: Sounds and Script
  • Introduction to Chinese Culture and Classics
  • Literary Theory and Modern Chinese Literature
  • Readings of Classical Literature


Elective Subjects

The Chinese Language Block

  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Chinese Language Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Chinese Lexical Semantics and Corpus Linguistics
  • Contrastive Analysis
  • Digital Media Communication
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Introduction to Educational Linguistics
  • Introduction to Cantonese Studies
  • Introduction to Chinese Language Testing
  • Language in Society
  • Multimedia Applications for Language Professionals and Translators
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies
  • Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Learning
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Sign Language and Linguistics
  • Special Education Needs Associated with Cognitive, Physical and Sensory Disorders
  • Special Education Needs in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Statistical Methods in Language Research
  • Teaching Chinese Grammar to Non-native Speakers
  • Teaching Chinese Vocabulary to Non-Native Learners
  • Teaching of Chinese Characters and Words to Non-native Learners
  • Teaching of Chinese: Listening and Speaking
  • The Development and Implementation of School-Based Chinese Language Curriculum in Hong Kong
  • Using Reading to Teach Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages


The Chinese Literature Block

  • Chinese Opera and Literature
  • Contemporary Chinese Society through Literature
  • Fiction in the Ming and Qing Era
  • Hong Kong Literature
  • Poetry of the Tang and Song Era
  • Selected Readings of Eight Writers of the Tang and Song Era
  • Selected Readings of Vernacular Fiction



  • MACLL Dissertation


Non-CBS elective subjects

  • Appreciation of Chinese Classical Rhymed Writings
  • Field Studies in Discourse for Language Professionals
  • Islam, Christianity and Chinese Culture


Brief information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/web/en/programmes/all_programmes/17/?cid=23&did=28&tag=4.


(The above subject list is subject to revision.)

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution.


Applicants may be required to take entry tests and/or attend interviews.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Medium of Instruction:

  • The medium of instruction of the programme is Chinese and English.
  • Students should have some basic ability to understand spoken Cantonese (as some Compulsory Subjects and Electives are taught in Cantonese).


For further information on academic matters, please contact: 
Programme Leader, Dr Liu Yi (email: yi.liu@polyu.edu.hk).

For general information, please contact: 
Ms Maggie Lo (tel: (852) 2766 7443; email: maggie.lo@polyu.edu.hk).