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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Applied Linguistics

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: 71429-SY

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

Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

A minimum of 60 credits plus 3 training credits.

Programme Intake

20 senior year places (The quota is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation)

Fund Type


Consider Second Choice Applications

Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Max Diaz

Associate Programme Leader

Dr Phoenix Lam


  • The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) aims to nurture graduates with the abilities/attributes needed 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 the language; and c) the strong ability to apply their knowledge and general linguistic skills in a variety of professional communication contexts.


The programme will equip students with professional/academic knowledge and skills as well as attributes contributing to all-rounded development in an integrated manner. The programme aims to produce graduates with the following attributes:


  1. a high level of professional communicative competence in English;
  2. a firm grounding in linguistic sciences which can be critically and creatively applied in a variety of business and management contexts;
  3. an awareness and understanding of intercultural communication in multilingual settings that enhances their global outlook and cultural appreciation as socially responsible global citizens;
  4. an ability to apply strong communication skills to solve real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional/business settings;
  5. the capability of exercising judgment and developing intellectual curiosity to work both independently and as part of a team;
  6. an awareness of the need for and a commitment to life-long learning; and
  7. the potential to become future ethical 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 and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) 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 and Communication 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.


* BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions has been retitled as BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics starting with the 2020-21 cohort


Students who directly enter Year 3 based on their previous academic results in an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programme will in principle follow the BAEAL Year 3 study pattern.  However, due to their special status, they may be required to follow a tailor-made progression pattern specially designed to enable them to graduate within the normal time frame. In such cases, students are provided with their progression pattern upon registration.


Students admitted to an Articulation Degree or Senior Year curriculum, which is already a reduced curriculum, are normally not given credit transfer for any required GUR subjects and DSR subjects within the BAEAL curriculum. They must complete at least 60 credits to be eligible for the award.


BAEAL Credit Requirements for Graduation: Senior Year Entry Students

ComponentNo. of Credits
General University Requirement 
[0-9 credits for the Language and Communication Requirement * ; 
3 credits for Service-Learning and 6 credits for two CAR subjects]
BAEAL DSR Core Subjects 
[including 2 DSLR subjects: ENGL2003 & CBS2904]
Capstone Project for Language Studies6
BAEAL DSR Elective Subjects 
[Three focal areas: Language Sciences, Global Communicative Competence and English for the Professions] 
Total No. of Academic Credits60-69
Work-Integrated Education3
Total No. of Training Credits3


* Decided on a case-by-case basis according to the academic results of previous AD/HD studies 


General University Requirement (GUR) 

The GUR for Senior Year Entry students normally includes (1) the Language and Communication Requirement (LCR), which includes Reading Requirements in English (ER) and Chinese (CR) and Writing Requirements in English (EW) and Chinese (CW); (2) the Service-Learning Requirement; and (3) the Cluster Area Requirement (CAR), which includes a China-Related Studies Requirement.


Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) 

BAEAL strives to provide students with a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills they will need to communicate effectively in English for professional and business purposes in Hong Kong and around the world, where English functions as the key lingua franca of professions and businesses. Accordingly, all subjects in the BAEAL discipline-specific curriculum for Senior Year Entry students are drawn from the BAEAL four-year curriculum. Briefly, the BAEAL discipline-specific curriculum for Senior Year Entry students has the following components:


(1) Major Study Core Subjects 

Major Study Core Subjects (30 credits) are compulsory for all BAEAL Senior Year Entry students and are organised around the following focal areas: Language Sciences, Global Communicative Competence, and English for the Professions. They are designed to provide BAEAL students with advanced English language and communicative competence and the solid foundation of academic knowledge and professional skills required of language professionals.


(2) Major Study Elective Subjects 

Elective subjects (minimum 15 credits) are likewise grouped into the above three focal areas to further broaden BAEAL students’ academic and professional vision and global outlook.

Students are reminded that credits earned from taking Global Language subjects (e.g. Spanish, German, French) cannot contribute to the fulfilment of the 15 credits requirement for BAEAL Major Study Electives.


(3) Capstone Project for Language Studies

A Capstone Project in Language Studies (6 credits), compulsory for all BAEAL students, is undertaken in the final year under the supervision of ENGL academic staff. Through the Capstone Project, students' learning experience accumulated over the entire undergraduate study is consolidated in the form of a dissertation. This capstone experience helps prepare students for professional practice, further academic pursuits, future lifelong learning and developing their generic competencies.


(4) Work-Integrated Education (WIE)

WIE (3 training credits) provides a framework for students to integrate what they learn in the classroom with what they learn in the real world, and to develop into all-rounded people with professional competence. Students typically meet the WIE requirement by completing a one-month summer internship in an organisational or a corporate context, applying the knowledge and skills they have acquired from study to the real working world. The WIE placement can be completed at any time during the third year of study, but not later than the Summer Term of Year Three. WIE assessment is based on three grades: Pass with Merit (M), Pass (P) and Failure (F). However, the subject does not contribute toward the final GPA.


Students can apply for a waiver of the WIE requirement if they can demonstrate their fulfilment of the requirement with relevant work experience. Students undertaking non-local WIE placements may receive partial financial subsidies from the Careers and Placement Section (CPS) of the Student Affairs Office (SAO) in the form of Offshore WIE Sponsorships (OWS). Further WIE information is available via the Department of English and Communication website: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/engl/experience-and-opportunities/work-integrated-education/.


Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a non-local WIE placement in an English-speaking country or in the Chinese mainland. While the University may provide partial subsidies for eligible offshore WIE placements, students are expected to be responsible for the main cost for participating in such placements.


More information on the subjects offered can be found here.

Entrance Requirements

  • An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a language-related discipline.
  • Only shortlisted applicants are invited to interviews, if necessary.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 3400 3497; email: egdept@polyu.edu.hk).