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

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: 71418-SY

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

A minimum of 60 credits plus 3 training credits.

Programme Intake
20 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
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

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) aims to nurture and develop 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 will equip students with professional/academic knowledge and skills as well as attributes for all-roundedness in an integrated manner. 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 linguistic sciences which 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 as socially responsible global citizens;
  4. who can apply strong communication skills to solve real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional/business settings;
  5. who are capable of exercising judgment and developing intellectual curiosity to work 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 will have 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.



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

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


BAESP Credit Requirements for Graduation: Senior Year Entry Students


Component No. 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]
BAESP DSR Core Subjects 
[including 2 DSLR subjects: ENGL2003 & CBS2904]
Capstone Project for Language Studies 6
BAESP DSR Elective Subjects 
[Stream A: Professional Communication; and Stream B: Applied English Language Studies]
Total No. of Academic Credits 60-69
Work-Integrated Education 3
Total No. of Training Credits 3


* To be 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) 

BAESP 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 BAESP discipline-specific curriculum for Senior Year Entry students are drawn from the BAESP 4-Year curriculum. The BAESP discipline specific curriculum for Senior Year Entry students has the following components.


(1) Major Study Subjects 

Major Study Subjects (30 credits) are compulsory for all BAESP Senior Year Entry Students and are organised around two themes: (a) Advanced Language Proficiency, which comprises two subjects (ENGL2003 English for Advanced Academic Writing and CBS2904 Academic & Technical Chinese Writing) for the Discipline-Specific Language Requirement (DSLR) and ENGL4001 English for Management; and (b) English in Context, which consists of 7 content subjects. These subjects are designed to provide BAESP students with a solid foundation of academic knowledge and professional skills for language professionals.


(2) Major Study Elective Subjects 

Elective Subjects (minimum 15 credits), grouped into (a) Professional Communication, (b) Applied English Language Studies, and (c) Global Languages, are designed to further broaden BAESP students’ academic and professional vision and a global outlook. It should be noted that credits earned from taking subjects under Global Languages cannot contribute to the fulfillment of the 15 credits for BAESP Electives.

(3) Capstone Project for Language Studies

The Capstone Project in Language Studies (6 credits), compulsory for all BAESP students, is conducted 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 the development of 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 well-rounded people with professional competence. Students typically meet the WIE requirement through completing a one-month summer internship in an organizational or a corporate context, applying the knowledge and skills they have acquired from study to the real 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 the final GPA. Students can apply for a waiver of the WIE requirement if they can demonstrate the fulfilment of the requirement with relevant work experience. Students undertaking non-local WIE placements may receive partial financial subsidies from Student Advancement and Resources in the form of Offshore WIE Sponsorship (OWS).


More information on the subjects offered can be found here.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and 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.


Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

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



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 3400 3497; email:

Student Message

Student Message

As a fresh graduate, I am forever grateful for all of the inspiring and rewarding study experiences I have had in the past four years. BAESP is a very comprehensive programme in the sense that it offers a wide variety of interesting courses that have equipped me with effective communication strategies and a professional knowledge of the English language. I have learned not merely theoretical concepts, but also indispensable language skills that can be practically applied in different contexts and workplace settings. Apart from acquiring academic knowledge, the overseas exchange programme allowed me to appreciate the beauty of diverse cultures. The more I see, the more I realise how much I have not seen. This once-in-a-lifetime experience definitely provided a great opportunity for me to explore and understand the world of English Language more thoroughly and extensively. Reflecting on my undergraduate study, I am very fortunate and thankful for every single learning opportunity provided by the Department of English. I believe that all of these excellent experiences from the BAESP programme have built a solid linguistic foundation for me to further advance and enrich my knowledge of English Language and Literature through pursuing a postgraduate degree after graduation.

CHIU Lok Yi (Graduate of 2018-19, BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions)

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: From March to August
Mode:Skype/Online interviews may be conducted where necessary

To understand applicants' potential for and interest in the BAESP programme, to ascertain their understanding and expectations of the discipline and career possibilities, and to evaluate their English proficiency and communication abilities.


About 10 minutes

  • Only short-listed applicants will be invited to interviews if necessary.