Faculty of Humanities

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 or 1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)



  • This programme is offered on both full-time and part-time bases to give students maximum flexibility to engage in full-time or part-time study loads. Under normal circumstances, full-time and part-time students are able to complete the programme within 1 or 1.5 years and 3 years respectively. Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to the Department for consideration.

  • Applicants are required to choose either full-time or part-time study on application for admission to the programme. Students who study full-time are required to take a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

  • This programme is offered within the Master of Arts Scheme in Chinese, Linguistics and Translation.


Notes to Applicants

  • Applications can be made to our postgraduate programmes without any agency service. Applicants are required to apply online via the Study@PolyU website: www.polyu.edu.hk/study.

  • Please note that all fields in the application forms should be filled. We will not consider applications that do not provide details of academic qualifications.

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This is an advanced programme of intellectual training in modern Chinese linguistics that is geared to Hong Kong society with relevance to various professions.



The programme aims to convey a rigorous body of up-to-date knowledge in linguistics, and strives to link that knowledge to the natural language situation in Hong Kong. More specifically, the programme facilitates linguistic insights that are related to the use of Chinese in Hong Kong, to sensitise students to the theoretical implications of the practical linguistic problems that are faced by professional users of Chinese in Hong Kong, and to enhance their abilities to approach and solve such language-related problems from a background of expert knowledge.

Recognition & Prospects

This programme is listed as a Recognised Language Major Degree Programme (Chinese Language) by the Education Bureau.


Programme Structure

Students are required to take 10 subjects (30 credits), of which 4 must be Compulsory Subjects and the remaining 6 Elective Subjects.


Media of instruction: 
The media of instruction are Chinese and English.


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Description of Chinese I: Words and Sentences
  • Description of Chinese II: Sounds and Script
  • Language in Society
  • Semantics and Pragmatics


Elective Subjects

  • Advanced Liaison Interpreting
  • Advanced Translation
  • Chinese Language Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Chinese Lexical Semantics and Corpus Linguistics
  • Contrastive Analysis
  • Digital Media Communication
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpreting: Consecutive
  • Interpreting: Principles
  • Introduction to Cantonese Studies
  • Introduction to Chinese Language Testing
  • Introduction to Educational Linguistics
  • MACL Dissertation
  • Multimedia Applications for Language Professionals and Translators
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Poetry of the Tang and Song Era
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies
  • Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Learning
  • Sign Language and Linguistics
  • Special Education Needs Associated with Cognitive, Physical and Sensory Disorders
  • Special Education Needs in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Statistical Methods in Language Research
  • Teaching Chinese Grammar to Non-native Speakers
  • Teaching of Chinese Characters and Words to Non-native Learners
  • The Development and Implementation of School-Based Chinese Language Curriculum in Hong Kong
  • Translation Studies
  • Translation: Discourse and the Translator
  • Translation: Text and Context


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/study/taught-postgraduate-programmes/ma-scheme-in-chinese-linguistics-and-translation/chinese-linguistics/curriculum.


(The above subject list is subject to revision.)

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr Tao Ran

Subject Area
Chinese Linguistics
Entrance Requirements
  • A good Honours degree or the equivalent.

  • Good knowledge of Chinese.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Programme Leader, Dr Tao Ran (tel: (852) 2766 4914; email: ran.tao@polyu.edu.hk).

For general information, please contact:
CBS General Office (tel: (852) 2766 7454; email: cbs.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk).

Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$5,750 per credit for local students
HK$5,900 per credit for non-local students

Additional Documents Required
Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate


Curriculum Vitae


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