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 new 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.

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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 at www.polyu.edu.hk/study

Applications will be invited starting from 26 September 2017, which are considered on a rolling basis, you may therefore wish to apply as early as possible.

The application deadline is 30 April 2018. 

Join our information session on 13 January 2018 (Sat), 2:00-4:00pm at FG815, 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)
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)
Maximum Study Period 8 years
Intake Number 24
Tuition Fee HK$6,300 per credit 
Extension Fee HK$15,750 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 has enlisted collaboration 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 and academic partners include:

  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare 
  • Research Centre for Professional Communication in English
  • Speech Therapy Unit
  • The Hong Kong Chapter Corporate Communication International 
  • The PolyU - Peking U Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics
  • Inter-University Centre for Applied Language Sciences (with Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University)

 

People
Meet our Programme Team

Programme Committee Chairman and Programme Leader

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Prof Christian M.I.M. MATTHIESSEN

Ph.D. UCLA, M.A. UCLA, Phil. Cand. Lund University

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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Prof CHAN Shui Duen

PhD, MA, Dip(Ed) MPhil, BA

Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Chinese lexicology & lexicography, Chinese register study, Chinese language education
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Contact Information

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

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Prof CHENG Winnie

BA, CertEd, AdvDipEd, MEd, PhD, University of Hong Kong

Associate Dean of Faculty of Humanities
Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Communication, Conversational Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, (Critical) Discourse Analysis, (Critical) Genre Analysis, Discourse Intonation, Intercultural Communication, Lexical Studies, On-line Learning, Outcome-based Education, Pragmatics, Professional Communication, Teaching and Assessment, Syllabus Design and Materials Writing, Teaching and Language Corpora, Work-integrated Education
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Contact Information

Email: egwcheng@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG431
Tel: 2766 7558

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Dr CHEUNG Kay Fan Andrew

PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Conference interpreting
Community interpreting
Corpus-based interpreting studies
Quality assessment
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Contact Information

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

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Dr William FENG

PhD (National University of Singapore)

Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Multimodal Discourse Analysis
Systemic Functional Theory
Media and Communication
Education and Multimodal Literacy

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Contact Information

Email: will.feng@polyu.edu.hk
Office: FG328
Tel: 2766 4383

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Dr Victor HO

Cert (Ed), Grantham College of Education
Bsc (Biology & Chemistry), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
MA (Language Studies), Hong Kong Baptist University
PhD (Linguistics), Macquarie University

Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Pragmatics
Discourse analysis
Professional communication
Systemic functional linguistics
English for academic/specific purposes

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Contact Information

Email: victor.ho@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG411
Tel: 2766 7539

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Dr HSU Yu-yin

PhD, MA, BA

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Syntactic theory
Syntax and its interfaces
Chinese linguistics
Psycholinguistic sentence processing
Corpus linguistics
Teaching Chinese to non-native speakers
Pedagogical grammar

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Contact Information

Email: yu-yin.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
Office: CF709
Tel: 2766 7875

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Prof HUANG Chu-ren

PhD, MA, BA

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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Dr Marvin LAM

PhD (Applied Linguistics), City University of Hong Kong

Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Systemic Functional Linguistics
Discourse analysis
Interpersonal Communication
Language Typology
Language Teaching and Language across the Curriculum

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Contact Information

Email: marvin.lam@polyu.edu.hk
Office: FG329
Tel: 2766 7509

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Dr LI Dechao

PhD, MA, BA

Associate Dean of Faculty of Humanities
Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Translation Studies, Interpreting Studies
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Contact Information

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

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Dr Maggie LI

BSc, MSc(Tianjin); PhD(CUHK); MACM; MIEEE

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 Phoebe LIN

PhD (Nottingham, UK), MPhil, BA (CUHK)

Research Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Phraseology/ Formulaic language/ Idioms
Corpus linguistics
Discourse analysis
English intonation and rhythm
English language teaching (ELT)
Computer-assisted language learning
Research methods

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Contact Information

Email: phoebe.lin@polyu.edu.hk
Office: FG331
Tel: 3400 2054

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Prof LU Qin

MSc, PhD(Illinois)
BSc(Beijing Normal)

Interim Head of Department of Computing
Professor
Department of Computing

Research Interests
Chinese Computing Systems, Open Systems and Standardization, Information Retrieval and Database Systems, Distributed Computing
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Contact Information

Email: csluqin@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Office: PQ814
Tel: 2766 7247

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Dr MORRISON Bruce

PhD

Director of English Language Centre
Principal Lecturer
English Language Centre

Research Interests
Independent Language Learning, the Non-native Speaker's Tertiary Learning Experience, Programme Evaluation and Teacher Development
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Contact Information

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

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Dr POLITZER-AHLES Stephen

PhD, MA (University of Kansas)
BA (Kenyon College)

Assistant Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Experimental Pragmatics, Laboratory Phonology, Sentence Processing, Statistics
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Contact Information

Email: stephen.politzerahles@polyu.edu.hk
Office: EF406c
Tel: 2766 7891

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Prof QIAN David

Doctor of Philosophy (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Toronto)

Master of Education (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Master of Eductaion (University of Toronto)

Visiting Lecturer
Department of English

Research Interests
Applied Linguistics, Large-scale Standardized Testing, Performance Assessment, Teacher-based Alternative Assessment, Vocabulary Assessment and Acquisition, Language Assessment Policy, Assessment and Evaluation in Professional Contexts, Learner Corpora and Occupation-specific Corpora, Communication in Professional Workplaces, Educational Measurement
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Contact Information

Email: egdavid@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG425
Tel: -

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Prof WARREN Martin

PhD (Birm.), MA (Birm.), BA (CNAA), PgC(Ed) (Keele)

Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Intercultural Communication, Lexical Semantics, Phraseology, Pragmatics
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Contact Information

Email: egwarren@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG408
Tel: 2766 7559

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Dr WU Dong-ying Doreen

PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Sociolinguistics, Comparative Discourse Studies, Media Languages and 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: http://www.cbs.polyu.edu.hk/people.html
Department of English: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/engl/people/academic-staff
English Language Centre: https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/people/staff.aspx
Department of Computing: http://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/en/people/academic_staff/index.php

Contact Us
Enquiries

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

For information on academic matters, please contact
Professor Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen (Programme Leader)
Email: christian.matthiessen@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 2766 7537

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