Master of Arts in Chinese Linguistics



What will I learn?

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.

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

  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Chinese Language Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Chinese Lexical Semantics and Corpus Linguistics
  • Contrastive Analysis
  • Digital Media Communication
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Field Studies in Discourse for Language Professionals
  • Intercultural Communication
  • 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 Chinese Vocabulary to Non-native Learners
  • 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
  • Using Reading to Teach Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$168,000.00 (17,82,418) per year
HK $5,600 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

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 following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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