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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Studies for the Professions

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: JS3832

Faculty of Humanities
Department of English
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

126 (including 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)

Fund Type Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications Yes

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader
Dr Dennis Tay

Associate Programme Leader 
Dr Phoenix Lam


Students can be directly admitted to the BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions instead of through the Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication (BDLCC).

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) aims to nurture students with the abilities/attributes they will need to become competent English language professionals and responsible global citizens in the 21st century. At the professional level, the programme aims to produce graduates with a) a high level of competence in English, b) a sound understanding of the theoretical disciplines underlying applied English language studies and the integrated use of languages concerned, and c) a strong ability to apply their knowledge and generic linguistic skills in a variety of professional communication contexts.

The programme nurtures well-rounded graduates with integrated professional/academic knowledge, skills and attributes. The programme aims to produce graduates                                

  1. who possess a high level of professional communicative competence in English;
  2. who have a firm grounding in language studies that can be critically and creatively applied in a variety of business and management contexts;
  3. who have an awareness and understanding of intercultural communication in multilingual settings that enhances their global outlook and cultural appreciation;
  4. who are able to use their strong communication skills effectively to solve real-world problems in local and global multilingual professional/business settings;
  5. who are capable of exercising their judgement and developing intellectual curiosity when working both independently and as part of a team;
  6. who are aware of the need for and are committed to life-long learning; and
  7. who have the potential to become future leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes.

The programme offers students a Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement opportunity in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland or overseas.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition
The BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) is recognised by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong and its Standing Committee on Language Education and Research as an English Language Major Degree Programme that meets the Hong Kong government’s Language Proficiency Requirement. Registered students are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers offered by the Education Bureau.

Career Prospects
Graduates of the Department of English are successful in their careers and excel in various industries and professions in Hong Kong. Fresh graduates of BAESP find employment in media and journalism, retail, human resources, public relations, marketing and advertising, publishing, education and the civil service, where a high level of competence in English and professional communication is needed.

Further Studies
Some BAESP graduates proceed to further studies in Hong Kong and overseas  in the fields of linguistics, applied linguistics, translation and interpreting, communication, and public and environmental policy studies.


The overall credit requirements of the BAESP Programme under the university 4-year undergraduate degree structure are as follows:

General University Requirements (GUR) 30 credits
Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) 75 credits
Free Electives or a Minor 18 credits
Total credit requirements for graduation 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits

We offer various academic pathways to suit students' needs.

  1. Major and Minor (123 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
  2. Single Discipline Major (123 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)

General University Requirements (GUR)

The General University Requirements have six components:

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Language & Communication Requirements
  • Leadership & Intra-Personal Development
  • Cluster Area Requirements
  • Service-Learning
  • Healthy Lifestyle

Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) 

BAESP strives to provide students with a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills they will need to communicate effectively in English for professional, academic and business purposes in Hong Kong and around the world, where English functions as the key lingua franca. The BAESP discipline-specific curriculum has the following components.

(1) Major Study Subjects 

Major Study Subjects (60 credits) are compulsory for all BAESP students and are organised under three focal areas: Language Sciences, Global Communicative Competence and English for the Professions. These subjects are designed to provide BAESP students with the solid foundation of academic knowledge and communication skills needed to become language professionals.

The Capstone Project in Language Studies (6 credits) under the focal area of English for the Professions is compulsory for all BAESP students. It is conducted in the final year under the supervision of ENGL academic staff. Through the Capstone Project, the learning experience students have accumulated over the BAESP programme is consolidated in the form of a dissertation. This capstone experience helps prepare students for professional practice, further academic pursuits and lifelong learning, while developing their generic competencies.

(2) Major Study Elective Subjects 

Students can freely choose BAESP electives (15 DSR credits) across the three focal areas to customise their learning experience and develop their expertise.

(3) Work-Integrated Education (WIE)

WIE (3 training credits) provides a framework for students to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with real world practice, and to develop into well-rounded individuals with professional competence. Students typically meet the WIE requirement by completing a one-month summer internship in an organizational or a corporate context, where they apply classroom knowledge and skills in the working world. WIE assessment is based on three grades: Pass with Merit (M), Pass (P) and Failure (F). However, the subject does not contribute towards students' final GPA. Students can apply to waive the WIE requirement if they can demonstrate that it has been fulfilled through relevant work experience. Students undertaking non-local WIE placements may receive partial financial subsidies from the Student Advancement and Resources in the form of Offshore WIE Sponsorship (OWS).

More information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel.: 3400 3497; email: egdept@polyu.edu.hk).