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Master of Arts in Language Studies
This taught postgraduate programme includes four streams:
1. General Linguistics
2. Corpus and Empirical Linguistics
3. Pedagogical Linguistics
4. Translation and Interpretation

1. 普通語言學
2. 語料庫語言學及實證語言學
3. 教學語言學
4. 翻譯及傳譯

This curriculum applies to students admitted in 2022/23 and thereafter.
Fellowships Scheme
Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of "Culture" is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 8 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode will be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.
Programme of Study
Programme Aims

The programme aims to

  1. provide students with an understanding of the nature of language with which to explore the various ways it impacts on society and culture in the context locally and globally;

  2. create a framework that allows students the option to focus on a particular aspect of language and its interaction with a particular socio-cultural process, be it the structure of language, translation and interpretation, and applications of language studies; and sharpen the students' intellect to enable them to function more effectively as language professionals.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:
1. Analyze the structure and use of language in different social and cultural contexts.

2. Reflect critically on the nature of language, and the issues of language in its actual use.

3. Apply effective communication skills in their work places in their role as language professionals.

4. Formulate generalizations on the processes and strategies involved in making discoveries in their respective fields of specialization.

5. (For students in the stream of general linguistics) analyze the structure of language, generate innovative linguistic analyses; reflect critically on the social, cultural and psychological aspects of language use, and apply such knowledge in their work.

6. (For students in the stream of corpus and empirical linguistics) apply a range of concepts and skills, with a focus on the corpus and latest empirical tools, to enhance students’ ability and efficiency in generating creative solutions to language tasks and to reflect critically on the multifaceted issues involved in the application of language studies.

7. (For students in the stream of pedagogical linguistics) apply a range of concepts and skills to language learning and its related pedagogical applications, and to enhance students the ability to be exposed to language acquisition and teaching in global contexts.

8. (For students in the stream of translation and interpretation) apply a range of conceptual tools and skills learned to enhance their ability in generating creative solutions to translation and interpretation tasks, and reflect critically on the multifaceted issues involved in translation and interpretation.


Admission Requirements

The following programme entrance requirements, incorporating the University general entrance requirements, must be satisfied before an applicant is eligible for admission into the programme. Applicants must:
  1. hold a degree from one of the tertiary educational institutions of Hong Kong funded by the University Grants Committee; or

  2. hold a degree of a level equivalent to (1) from a local or non-local institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or

  3. have satisfied the academic requirements for corporate membership of a professional institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or

  4. have obtained an equivalent qualification, or provided evidence of academic and professional attainments, acceptable for this purpose to the university.

Applicants may be required to take an entry test and/or interview.
Award Title   Master of Arts in Language Studies

Mode of Funding


Programme Code

Programme Catalogue

Intake target (indicative)

Mode of Study   Combined Mode
Classes will be held in the evening and, if necessary, on Saturday mornings/afternoons or weekday daytime.
Students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University.

Normal Study Period   1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time/combined mode)

Maximum Study
  2.5 years (full-time) / 5 years (part-time/combined mode)

Number of Credit Units Required
for the Award
  Master of Arts: 30
Postgraduate Diploma: 24
Postgraduate Certificate*: 12

Tuition fee   Click here for details.
(Tuition fee enquiries: (852) 3442 8705)
Programme leader   Prof. Caesar LUN
tel: (852) 3442 8791
Deputy programme leader   Prof. LI, Bin
tel: (852) 3442 6267
* The stream designation is not available to graduates of Postgraduate Certificate.


Enquiry: LTenquiry@cityu.edu.hk

Page last updated: 14 February 2024