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

Sept 2022 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)

Scheme/Programme Intake
41 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
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

  • To recognise the outstanding academic performance of HKDSE students, the Faculty of Humanities will grant entry scholarship to eligible HKDSE students admitted to the programme via JUPAS. The award criteria for the scholarship are in the information sheet.
  • Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
    • BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics


The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to the students of BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics. Admission to the Secondary Major is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement 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/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.


Programme Characteristics
The programme offers students a Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement opportunity in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland or 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 various academic pathways to suit students' 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)

General University Requirements (GUR) (30 credits)


Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) 

The BAEAL 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 is the key 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 the solid foundation of academic knowledge and communication skills they will need 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 have accumulated 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 a 1-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 to students' final GPA. 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 Centre for Student Advancement and Resources 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 the students of BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics.


Students who pursue this pathway will 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 almost the same as the existing programme BAEAL. The major difference is in the capstone project: students will complete an integrated capstone project (involving both BAEAL and AIDA) instead of the BAEAL regular capstone. The minimum credit requirement of BAEAL + AIDA is at least 132 credits.

Subject to approval

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and 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 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 non-JUPAS applicants.



For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 3497; email:

Student Message

Student Message

As a fresh graduate, I am profoundly grateful for all of the inspiring and rewarding study experiences I have had in the last four years. The BAESP* is a very comprehensive programme, offering a wide variety of interesting courses, which equipped me with effective communication strategies and professional knowledge of the English language. I gained not merely a theoretical understanding, but also indispensable language skills that can be practically applied in different contexts and workplace settings. Apart from enabling me to acquire academic knowledge, the overseas exchange programme gave me a chance 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 was an invaluable opportunity for me to explore and understand the world of the 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 through all of these excellent experiences under the BAESP programme, I have built a solid linguistic foundation for further advancing and enriching my knowledge of English language and literature by pursuing a postgraduate degree.


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

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

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