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JUPAS Code: JS3832 

Mode of Study: Full-time 
Normal Duration: 4 years 
Credits Required: 126 academic credits (including 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
Fund Type: Government-funded
Programme Leader: Dr Dennis Tay
Associate Programme Leader: Dr Phoenix Lam

Remarks: From Academic Year 2020/21 onwards, students will be admitted directly to the BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions instead of through the Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication (BDLCC).



BAESP provides you with a set of knowledge and skills to communicate effectively in English for professional and business purposes in Hong Kong and internationally, where English functions as the key medium of communication (lingua franca) in various types of professional activity. Upon graduation you should have the ability to handle demanding professional tasks such as:

  • Writing a challenging press release for an organisation;
  • Developing promotional materials in the service industries, including air transport, banking, computer and information technology, telecommunications, and tourism, convention and exhibition;
  • Promoting an organisation’s image through developing corporate literature;
  • Making requests of colleagues and business partners in complicated situations; and
  • Critiquing your own professional performance and that of others.

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) aims at nurturing and developing students with abilities/attributes that will prepare our graduates 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 language and c) the strong ability to apply their knowledge and generic linguistic skills in a variety of professional communication contexts.

The programme equips graduates with all-round and integrated professional/academic knowledge, skills and attributes, as follows:

  1.  a high level of professional communicative competence in English;
  2.  a firm grounding in language studies that 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, which enhance their global outlook and cultural appreciation; 
  4. the ability to use their strong communication skills to solve real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional/business settings; 
  5. the ability to exercise their judgement and develop intellectual curiosity to work both independently and as part of a team;
  6. an awareness of the need for and commitment to lifelong learning; and
  7. the potential to become future leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes.

Recognition by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong

The programme is recognised by the Education Bureau 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. Applicants to this programme are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers offered by the Education Bureau.

Entrance Requirements


For applicants admitting through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), the minimum entrance requirement are the same as those of PolyU’s:

  • Level 3 or above in English Language and Chinese Language;
  • Level 2 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies; and
  • Level 3 or above in two elective subjects.

The following subjects will be given the highest weighting in the calculation of admission scores:

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language

Alternative Entry Route (Non-JUPAS)

Applicants who possess a Higher Diploma/Associate Degree in a language-related discipline may be considered for entry to Year 3 of the programme.

Study Path

Study Options

The programme allows you to pursue one of the following three study options:

  • BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions(BAESP) as a single degree programme in English Studies (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions(BAESP)under the Major/Minor option with English as the Major and a Minor from another discipline (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)
  • BAESP and BA (Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies as Double Majors (4 years; 156 credits + 3 WIE training credits)

Work-Integrated Education

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 You should complete a mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, or overseas. WIE is work-based learning experiences which take place in an organizational context relevant to a student’s future profession, or the development of generic skills that will be valuable in that profession. It can take different forms, such as an internship in a company or organization in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland or overseas during the semester or in summer. Students can also find a wide range of international WIE placements in over 18 countries, including Canada, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA through the Office of Careers and Placement Services of the University.

Student exchange programmes

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Students can apply for credit-earning Student Exchange Programmes and study for a semester overseas at one of our partner universities in China, Japan or an English-speaking country.

Senior Year/Advanced Standing Students

Study Pattern:

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, they may be required to follow a tailor-made progression pattern in order to graduate within the normal time frame. Students will be provided with the progression pattern upon their registration. For students admitted to an Articulation Degree or Senior Year curriculum which is already a reduced curriculum, they are normally not given credit transfer for any required GUR subjects and DSR subjects within the BAESP curriculum. They must complete at least 60 credits to be eligible for award.

Academic Pathway:

All BAESP Senior Year Entry students are required to follow the Single Discipline Major Pathway. The student needs to satisfy the degree requirement of the BA (Honours) in English Studies for the Professions by completing 60 academic credits and 3 training credits. Therefore, in addition to the 9 GUR Credits, the student should (1) complete 0 - 9 credits for the Language and Communication Requirement (LCR)*, and (2) complete 51 Major DSR Credits by taking subjects offered by BAESP with at least 21 credits from level-4 subjects.

* To be decided on a case-by-case basis according to the academic results of previous AD/HD studies 


(1) Major study subjects [60 credits]

Focal area Subjects

Language Sciences

Introduction to the Study of Language
Analysis of English Pronunciation
English Lexis and Semantics
Analysis of English Grammar
Language in Social Contexts
Research Methods for Language Studies
Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics


Global Communicative Competence


Introduction to English-Speaking Cultures
English for Academic Communication
English for Advanced Academic Writing (Discipline-specific language requirements)
• Academic and Technical Chinese Writing^ (Discipline-specific language requirements)
English for Technical and Web-based Writing
English as a Global Lingua Franca

^ Non-Chinese speaking students can fulfil this core subject with a suitable alternative.


English for the Professions

Communication Skills at Work
English Discourse in the Professions
Corpus-driven Language Learning
Language and Intercultural Communication for the Professions
English for Management
Capstone Project for Language Studies

(2) Major study elective subjects [15 credits]

Focal area Subjects
Language Sciences

Literature in English: An Introduction
Solving Crime through Linguistics
Multimodal Analysis of Advertisements
Meaning in Professional Interaction
Literature in English: An Advanced Course
Advanced English Grammar
Critical Language and Cultural Studies
Language and Gender
Clinical Linguistics
Quantitative Literacy for Language Professionals

Global Communicative Competence


Content Design for Social Media
Creative Writing in New Media
Aspects of European Public Discourse
Understanding European Trade and Cultural Expansionism
Introduction to European Visual Art
Language Policy and Planning: Local and Global Perspectives
Introduction to the History of Europe: a Trade Perspective
• All global languages subjects (Spanish, French, German)


English for the Professions

Fundamentals of Organizational Communication
English for Specific Purposes: Translation
Teaching English as a Service Learning Experience*
The Language of Advertising
Empowering Teenagers through Teaching Workplace English*
Effective Communication for Public Relations
English for Science and Technology
Understanding English Legal Texts
Designing Courses for TESOL

*Can fulfil service-learning requirement 


For UGC-Funded Programmes

  • Department of English Scholarship for Hall Residents
  • Education Scholarships Fund - Murjani Scholarship
  • ENGL Scholarship for Non-local (Chinese mainland) Students
  • HKCC Scholarship
  • HKSAR Government Scholarship
  • HSBC Scholarship for International Students
  • Kai Chong Tong Scholarship
  • Li & Fung Scholarship
  • Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship
  • President Emeritus Professor Poon Chung-kwong Scholarship
  • Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Entry Scholarship (Academic)
  • The Most Outstanding PolyU Student
  • The Outstanding Student, Faculty of Humanities
  • Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship

Career Prospects & Further Studies

Graduates of the Department of English are successful in their careers and excel in various industries and professions in Hong Kong. Fresh graduates of the 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. According to PolyU’s 2018 Graduate Employment Survey, the average starting salary of our graduates is the highest among all degree programmes oered by the Faculty of Humanities and saw the highest increase from the previous year among all PolyU departments. 

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According to the 2018 Graduate Employment Survey, our graduates engaged in a wide range of professions and industries:

Administration & Management 46% 
Literary & Creative Work 15%
Protective Services and Professional & Technical Personnel 15% 
Teaching & Research 13%
Sales & Marketing 8%
Others 3%

Some BAESP graduates proceed to further studies in Hong Kong or abroad in the fields of linguistics, applied linguistics, translation and interpreting, communication, and public and environmental policy studies.


Student Exchange Programme 

Service Learning


Ms Zoe Mak
General Office, Department of English
Tel: 3400 3497
Fax: 2333 6569
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Last updated in Mar 2020