Doctor of Applied Language Sciences
The Doctor of Applied Language Sciences (DALS) programme aims to help nurture and develop future leaders in language-related professions.

Students will investigate developments in language sciences and develop an advanced understanding of the inextricable link between theory and practice. They will be able to integrate linguistic knowledge and research skills with reflective practice in coping with the demands and development of their careers as language professionals in this age of globalisation and digitalisation.

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Language Education

Language Education

Intercultural and Professional Communication

Intercultural and
Professional Communication

Translating and Interpreting

Translating and Interpreting

Speech Sciences, Language Processing, and Cognition

Speech Sciences, Language Processing, and Cognition

Why PolyU DALS?
Doctor of Applied Language Sciences – a professional doctorate programme by the Faculty of Humanities (FH)

A professional academic team combining experts from the Departments of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, Computing, English and the English Language Centre, DALS offers students an opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge by pursuing a qualification of direct relevance to their chosen profession, with advanced programme of study and research in areas of professional working in practices.

Students' Views

List of students' thesis topics

Programme Features
The flexible study mode of 3-year full-time or 5-year part-time provides students with different options to complete the programme according to their preferred pace.

[DALS Programme leaflet]

Combining taught subjects and research component, students are required to complete 48 credits for graduation. Among them, 24 credits are designated to a thesis which reflects the student’s knowledge and understanding of the related literature and of the research methodology appropriate to the investigation. The thesis is also a viable demonstration of the student’s ability to provide innovative insights to the practice of the profession and to apply theoretical knowledge to the solution of a significant applied problem. An oral examination of the thesis will be held.

Aside from the compulsory subjects within the 24-credit taught subjects, students can choose subjects in the following 4 focus areas, which our academic staff members from the teaching departments are all specialized in:

Language Education

This area focuses on the frameworks of knowledge and skills that underpin language education theories of linguistics and language learning, discourse and corpus analysis, and the role of language in society and on language education itself, particularly trends in teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment. Another important focus is on the processes involved in first and second language acquisition.

Intercultural and Professional Communication

The emphasis here is on the key concepts, issues and practices in intercultural, organizational and professional communication, and on analysing spoken, written and multimodal discourses in a range of intercultural and professional contexts. The area addresses the need for individual professionals to acquire expertise in relevant fields of knowledge, theoretical and conceptual frameworks, methodologies, applications and frameworks of evaluation to comprehend the complexities of professional communication in intercultural and media-based settings. The subjects associated with this area also aim to enhance both professional and personal communicative competence.

Translating and Interpreting

This area focuses on providing professional training to university teachers and those who are currently working in the fields of translation and interpreting but do not hold formal academic credentials. The area encompasses the understanding of general linguistic theories, rhetorical studies in cross-cultural contexts, contemporary theories of translation and interpreting, and recent discoveries in typological divergencies amongst languages.

Speech Sciences, Language Processing, and Cognition

This focus area is built on the knowledge of how language is processed, with the intention to apply this knowledge to areas such as communication disorders, digital humanities, language and speech sciences, language technology and neuro-cognitive approaches to language use and language learning. Language technology, including computational and neuro-cognitive technologies, permeates many aspects of life and has an indispensable role to play in the delivery of language policies, language education and language related health care, as well as in a wide range of content industries and the knowledge economy. A critical understanding of how language is processed in the mind as well as language processing technologies is an essential part of a professional’s competence. The focus area is suited for professionals whose work is related to one or more of the following academic fields: Communication Disorder and Speech Therapy, Digital Humanities, Health Informatics, Natural Language Processing and Neuro-cognitive Linguistics.

Admission & Application

For more information about application and to apply through our online admission system, please visit Study@PolyU

Applications will be invited starting from 24 September 2020, which are considered on a rolling basis, you may therefore wish to apply as early as possible. The application deadline is 30 April 2021.

Join our information session on 16 January 2021 (Sat), 2:00-4:00pm at GH803, 8/F, Core G, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to learn more how this programme can support your career development.

Programme Code/Duration 03002-DFT (for 3-year full-time) OR
03002-DFT (for 5-year part-time)

Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to the Faculty of Humanities for consideration, as appropriate (applicable as from the 2020/21 intake cohorts).

Entrance Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic entrance requirements, applicants are required to have substantial and relevant work experience, i.e.,
A Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field PLUS five years post-undergraduate work experience;
OR
A Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field PLUS two years post-Master's work experience.

English Language Requirements
The English Language Requirements for those who do not have a degree from a recognised university at which the language of instruction is English are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 (all sub-scores should be at least 6.0) in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 90 for the internet-based test (with a writing score of at least 23), or at least 575 in the paper-based test (with a score of at least 4 out of 6 in the Test of Written English).

Comparable scores obtained from other internationally recognized public examinations may be considered.

All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the testing date.

Individual cases will be considered on their own merits. Applicants may be required to attend interviews and/or tests to demonstrate they possess the required level of language proficiency needed for carrying out research in their area of enquiry.

Total Credits 48 (24 credits for coursework and 24 credits for thesis)
Intake Number 24
Tuition Fee HK$6,500 per credit 
Extension Fee HK$16,250 per semester

We offer scholarships exclusively to outstanding students with excellent academic merits and teaching assistantships to qualified candidates.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time.  In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Research Centres & Global Partners

The Faculty of Humanities collaborates with a number of internationally prestigious institutions as professional and academic partners to ensure that students can benefit from contributions overseas as well as local scholars, researchers and practitioners through formal and informal exchange initiatives.

Our research centres include:

  • International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication
      • Research Centre for Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience
        • Research Centre for Professional Communication in English
      • The PolyU - Peking U Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics (in collaboration with Peking University)
People
Meet our Programme Team
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Programme Committee Chairman

Prof Christian M.I.M. MATTHIESSEN

Chair Professor
Department of English 

Research Interests
Systemic-functional Theory and Metatheory, Development of Theoretical and Computational Models of Systems, Meaning Base (Ideation Base, Interaction Base and the Text Base), Multilinguality, Systemic Functional Grammar of English, Grammars of Languages other than English including Work on French, Vietnamese, Akan, currently with Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Òkó, Thai, Bajjika, Systemic Functional Typology, Translation Model and Multilingual Studies, Evolution of Language, Application of Functional Theory and Description in Discourse Interpretation, Profiling of Persons and Institutions, Comprehensive Register/Text Typology based on Context with Semantic and Lexicogrammatical Correlates, Language and the Brain
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Contact Information

Email: christian.matthiessen@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG433
Tel: 2766 7537

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Programme Leader

Dr Kazuhiro TERUYA

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies 

Research Interests
Systemic functional linguistic theory and description, Language comparison and multilingual studies, Language typology, Discourse analysis, Registerial study, Translation study, Second/foreign language teaching and learning, Multimodality
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Contact Information

Email: k.teruya@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG504
Tel: 2766 7446

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Prof CHAN Shui Duen

Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Chinese language (including Putonghua) teaching and assessment, Language-in-education policy, Teaching Chinese as a second language, Chinese register study, Bilingual communication, Sociolinguistics
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Contact Information

Email: shui.duen.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG510
Tel: 3400 3271

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Dr CHEUNG Kay Fan Andrew

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Simultaneous interpreting, Consecutive interpreting
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Contact Information

Email: andrew.cheung@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG513
Tel: 2766 7448

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Prof Louise CUMMINGS

Associate Dean of Faculty of Humanities
Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Communication Disorders, Pragmatic Disorders, Speech and Language Therapy, Clinical Linguistics, Pragmatics, Public Health Reasoning
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Contact Information

Email: louise.cummings@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG407
Tel: 2766 7978

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Dr Victor HO

Associate Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Pragmatics, Metadiscourse, Discourse analysis, Professional communication, English for academic/specific purposes
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Contact Information

Email: victor.ho@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG429
Tel: 2766 7539

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Prof HUANG Chu-ren

Chair Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Computational Linguistics, Lexical Semantics, Ontology, Corpus Linguistics, Language Archives
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Contact Information

Email: churen.huang@polyu.edu.hk
Office: GH513
Tel: 2766 4832

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Prof Hans J. LADEGAARD

Head and Professor
Department of English

Research Interests 
Intercultural and Intergroup Communication, Language Attitudes and Stereotypes, Language and Gender, Pragmatics & Discourse Analysis, Narratives of Migration, Attitudes and Motivation in Foreign Language Learning
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Contact Information

Email: hans.ladegaard@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG401a
Tel: 2766 5603

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Prof LI Chor Shing David

Head and Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests 
Bilingual interaction, Chinese-English code-switching, Cantonese-English code-mixing (translanguaging), tense and aspect, Chinese-English contrastive grammar, EFL (English as a foreign language) learning difficulties and correction strategies, Hong Kong language-in-education policy, Chinese as a lingua franca in Greater China, Cantonese as an additional language, pragmatics and intercultural communication, Hong Kong English, World Englishes, globalization and English-medium university education
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Contact Information

Email: david.cs.li@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG503a
Tel: 2766 7440

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Dr LI Dechao

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Corpuses-based translation studies, Corpus-based interpreting studies, Empirical approaches to translation process research, Experimental approaches to translation quality assessment, History of translation in the late Qing and early Republican periods, Literary translation studies, PBL and translator/ interpreter training, Translation and critical discourse analysis, Translation and narratology, Translation in bilingual corporate communication context
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Contact Information

Email: dechao.li@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG518b
Tel: 2766 7458

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Dr LI Wenjie Maggie

Associate Professor
Department of Computing

Research Interests
Natural Language Processing, Social Media Mining, Text Mining, Information Retrieval, Extraction and Summarization
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Contact Information

Email: cswjli@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Office: PQ707
Tel: 2766 7297

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Dr MORRISON Bruce

Director and Principal Lecturer
English Language Centre

Research Interests
Independent learning, Independent language learning, Non-native speaker tertiary learning experience Programme evaluation, Teacher development, Curriculum, Educational management
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Contact Information

Email: bruce.morrison@polyu.edu.hk
Office: A610a
Tel: 2766 7542

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Dr TAY Dennis

Associate Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Cognitive linguistics, Healthcare communication, The language of psychotherapy, Data analytics and statistical modeling of discourse 
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Contact Information

Email: dennis.tay@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG413
Tel: 3400 3654

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Dr WU Dong-ying Doreen

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Comparative Discourse Studies, Languages and Communications in Greater China, Glocalization & Corporate Communication
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Contact Information

Email: doreen.wu@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG520a
Tel: 2766 7441

Academic staff at the rank of Assistant Professors or above can be potential supervisors for DALS students. The students are welcome to visit the websites of the following contributing departments for further information about our academic staff:

Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/web/en/people/staff/
Department of English: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/engl/people/academic-staff
English Language Centre: http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/people/staff.aspx
Department of Computing: https://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/en-us/staffs/index/1

Contact Us
Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact the Faculty Office
Email: candy.cc.wong@polyu.edu.hkcherry.pl.chow@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 3400 8217 / 3400 8213
Fax: (852) 2363 8955

For information on academic matters, please contact
Dr Kazuhiro TERUYA (Programme Leader)
Email: k.teruya@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 2766 7446

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