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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes are accepted starting from 15 November 2017.

MA Language Studies


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P30
Intermediate Award Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday evenings, and/or Saturday afternoons. Evening classes normally start at 7:00 pm (University's decision on 20 March 2012). Saturday afternoon classes, when available, normally start at 2:00 pm. This schedule, however, is subject to change. The final decision rests with the University.
Indicative Intake Target 250
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30 (MA), 24 (PGD), 12 (PGC)
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
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Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
31 Mar 2018 (Local & Non-local)
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr SHEUNG Shing Yue Richard
PhD (HK)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8705 (Phone)
+852 3442 0359 (Fax)
Remarks: The medium of instruction at CityU is English. In cases where the medium of instruction stated in the course syllabus is Chinese, either Cantonese or Putonghua will be used, depending on the lecturer’s preference.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to

  1. provide students with an understanding of the nature of language with which to explore the various ways it impacts on society and culture in the context of Hong Kong;

  2. create a framework that allows students the option to focus on a particular aspect of language and its interaction with a particular societal / cultural process, be it the structure of language, language and translation and interpretation, and applications of language studies; and sharpen the students’ intellect to enable them to function more effectively as language professionals.


Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirement and must:

  • hold a degree from one of the tertiary educational institutions of Hong Kong funded by the University Grants Committee; or
  • hold a degree of a level equivalent to the above from a local or non-local institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • have satisfied the academic requirements for corporate membership of a professional institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification, or provided evidence of academic and professional attainments, acceptable for this purpose to the University.

Applicants may be required to take an entry test and/or interview.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • other equivalent qualifications

Course Description

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  1. analyze the structure and use of language in different social / cultural contexts;
  2. reflect critically on the nature of language, and the issues of language in its actual use;
  3. apply effective communication skills in their work places in their role as language professionals;
  4. formulate generalizations on the processes and strategies involved in making discoveries in their respective fields of specialization;
  5. (for students in the stream of general linguistics) analyze the structure of language, generate innovative linguistic analyses; reflect critically on the social, cultural and psychological aspects of language use, and apply such knowledge in their work;
  6. (for students in the stream of corpus and empirical linguistics) apply a range of conceptual skills, with a focus on the corpus and latest empirical tools, to enhance students' ability and efficiency in generating creative solutions to language tasks and to reflect critically on the multifaceted issues involved in the application of language studies;
  7. (for students in the stream of pedagogical linguistics) apply a range of concepts and skills to language learning and its related pedagogical applications, and to enhance students the ability to be exposed to language acquisition and teaching in global contexts; and
  8. (for students in the stream of translation and interpretation) apply a range of conceptual tools and skills learned to enhance their ability in generating creative solutions to translation and interpretation tasks, and reflect critically on the multifaceted issues involved in translation and interpretation.