Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in English and Applied Linguistics

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3240

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

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

Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader
Dr Max Diaz

Associate Programme Leader 
Dr Phoenix Lam

  • Students will be awarded the following upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
    • BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics
  • Students are allowed to enrol in BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics without being subject to further assessment.
  • The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to students of BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics. Admission to the Secondary Major is on a competitive basis and subject to different credit requirements for graduation. Please see “Secondary Major Details” section.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

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

The programme equips students with professional and academic knowledge and skills as well as attributes contributing to all-round 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 various business and management contexts;
  3. an awareness and understanding of intercultural communication in multilingual settings, which can enhance their global outlook and cultural appreciation as socially responsible global citizens;
  4. the ability to apply strong communication skills to solve real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional and 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 lifelong learning; and
  7. the potential to become future ethical leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes.


Programme Characteristics

The programme offers students Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement opportunities in Hong Kong, mainland China, and overseas.



The overall credit requirements of the BAEAL programme under the university’s 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 students a choice of one of the following academic pathways to suit their needs:

  1. A Major and a Minor (123 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
  2. Single Discipline Major (123 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
  3. Double Majors (BAEAL and BALT, 168 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
  4. A Major (BAEAL) and a Secondary Major (AIDA) (at least 132 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)


General University Requirements (GUR) (30 credits)


Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) 

BAEAL strives to provide students with a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively in English for professional, academic, and business purposes in Hong Kong and around the world, where English is the lingua franca. The BAEAL discipline-specific curriculum has the following components.


(1) Major Study Subjects 

Major Study Subjects (60 credits) are compulsory for all BAEAL students and are organised under three focal areas: Language Sciences, Global Communicative Competence, and English for the Professions. These subjects are designed to provide BAEAL students with a solid foundation of academic knowledge and the communication skills required 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 BAEAL students. It is conducted in the final year under the supervision of ENGL academic staff. Through the capstone project, the learning experience students accumulate during the BAEAL programme is consolidated in the form of a dissertation. This capstone experience helps to 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 BAEAL 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, supporting their development into well-rounded individuals with professional competence. Students typically meet the WIE requirement by completing an 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 to students’ final GPA. The WIE placement can be completed at any time during the second or third year of study, but no later than the Summer Term of Year Three. Students can apply to waive the WIE requirement if they can demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirement through other 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 Sponsorship (OWS).

More information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to students of the BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics.


Students who pursue this pathway must complete 72 academic credits + 3 training credits for the Primary Major (BAEAL) and 36 credits for the Secondary Major (AIDA). Certain credits, including the Integrated Capstone Project, can be double counted between the Primary and Secondary Majors. The list of compulsory and elective subjects for the Primary Major (BAEAL) is nearly identical to the Single Discipline Major BAEAL programme. The major difference is in the capstone project: students complete an integrated capstone project (involving both BAEAL and AIDA) instead of the regular BAEAL capstone. The minimum credit requirement of BAEAL + AIDA is at least 132 credits.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

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, which 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 excel in various industries and professions in Hong Kong. Fresh graduates 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 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.

Entrance Requirements

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:

Student Message

Student Message

Decision-making is not where my strength lies; nevertheless, pursuing English and Applied Linguistics at PolyU is certainly one of the best decisions I have ever made. Minoring in European Studies, our department offers an excellent curriculum that enabled me to experience not just the culture behind European art, history, and discourse but also foreign language courses such as Spanish, French, and German. Moreover, the department provides internship opportunities and extracurricular activities in Europe and Hong Kong, which is where I got my first tickets for the Spanish Film Festival. You don’t want to miss out if you love to explore something exotic! This degree also allowed me to do a summer exchange in Turkey, which expanded my area of interest in political science. Most importantly, the professors and instructors in my major are super supportive and friendly. Through various professional training in TESOL preparation, Discourse Analysis, Technical Content Marketing, Psycholinguistics, and Corpus Linguistics, the Department of English and Communication provided many pragmatic opportunities to work on my critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills – crucial characteristics for a linguistics student.

* BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions was renamed BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics in 2020/21.

CHANG Yun-hua (Graduate of 2021/22, BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions*)

When applying to universities, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. I got many kinds of advice: to focus on career prospects, to focus on my passions, or even to choose something broad and open-ended so I would have room to experiment. Although I didn’t know it at the time, BAESP has allowed me to do all this and more. The loving community at our department fosters the growth of all its students, helping us develop essential skills like academic writing, intercultural communicative competence, and a strong foundation in linguistics to ensure we are ready for all diverse career opportunities. With the extracurricular student clubs, Residential Education activities, INSPIRE mentorship programme, and the invaluable experience of going to Simon Fraser University on an exchange, I was given the opportunity to freely follow my passions and discover who I want to be. Lastly, BAESP allows students to find their path through varied electives and internship opportunities. This helped me explore marketing and PR, work on corporate communication, and even hone my grammar, semantics, and research skills for further studies. I am so grateful to the professors at ENGL, who have supported me in every step of this journey and have worked hard to make our classes engaging and insightful. With this foundation, I feel ready to bring my dreams to life.


* BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions was renamed BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics in 2020/21.

SHUKLA Ashima (Current Student from the 2019-20 cohort, BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions*)

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Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between November 2022 and March 2023
Mode:Individual interview

To evaluate applicants' potential for and interest in the programme, and to test their language and communication skills.


About 15 minutes

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