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Our Research Centres

Much of our research is conducted under the auspices of our two internationally-oriented research centres:

International Research Centre for the Advancement of Healthcare Communication (IRCAHC)

IRCAHC sits across two faculties (Humanities and Health and Social Science). It recognizes that the ability of people to understand and communicate information about health and care is fundamental to the provision of safe and high quality healthcare services. IRCAHC is actively involved in a range of teaching and research projects in Hong Kong and internationally that will improve healthcare for patients and clinicians. IRCAHC does this through a unique collaborative approach that brings together experts from the fields of linguistics, discourse analysis, social psychology of language and communication.

Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE)

The mission of the RCPCE is to create and host on-line specialized corpora related to Hong Kong; to promote the applied research which underpins the professional communication focus of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; to provide an environment which attracts research students committed to pursuing applied research within the broad area of professional communication; and to provide forums for academics and practitioners with an interest in communication in professional settings to engage with each other and exchange ideas.


Our PhD graduate, Dr Mark Nartey, awardee of the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme, is able to pursue his research interests in PolyU's vibrant research environment. Experience Research Excellence as a PhD Student

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