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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 (BAESP) instead of through the Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication (BDLCC). BAESP will be retitled to BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) from the September 2021 admission.



BAEAL 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 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. Our programme aims to nurture graduates:

  • who have a firm grounding in linguistic sciences which can be critically and creatively applied in a variety of business and management contexts;
  • who are capable of exercising judgment and developing intellectual curiosity to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • who will have the potential to become future leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes;
  • who possess a high level of professional communicative competence in English;
  • 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; and
  • who can apply strong communication skills to solve real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional / business settings.

Recognition by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong

The programme is currently being considered for recognition 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 will soon be eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers offered by the Education Bureau. The Scholarship for local and non-local students is HK$50,000 and HK$80,000 per year, respectively.

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 and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) as a single degree programme (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)
  • BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) under the Major / Minor option with English as the Major and a Minor from another discipline (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)
  • BAEAL and BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Translation 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, South Korea, 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 BAEAL 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 BAEAL curriculum. They must complete at least 60 credits to be eligible for award.

Academic Pathway:

All BAEAL Senior Year Entry students are required to follow the Single Discipline Major Pathway. The student needs to satisfy the degree requirement of the BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics 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 BAEAL 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


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
Introduction to European Visual Art
Introduction to the History of Europe: a Trade Perspective
• Language Policy and Planning: Local and Global Perspectives
• 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
Effective Communication for Public Relations
English for Science and Technology
Understanding English Legal Texts
Designing Courses for TESOL

* Non-Chinese speaking students can fulfil this core subject with a suitable alternative.
^ Not eligible for satisfying the requirement of BAEAL Major Study
# 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 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 & 2019 Graduate Employment Surveys, 92% of our graduates* were employed full-time within their year of graduation or pursued further studies. The average starting salary of our graduates is higher than the average salary of Hong Kong tertiary graduates**. Below are the top three careers by earning capacity:

Administration & Management   $17,802 
 Teaching & Research  $16,911
 Literary & Creative Work  $14,910

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Some of our 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.

* Only includes graduates employed on a full-time basis.
** Source: “Employment Status of Hong Kong’s Tertiary Students 2019 Survey” by JobsDB (


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 Sep 2020