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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in the field of Linguistics (MA) offers postgraduate-level education to people who want to engage as professionals in the study of languages, bilingualism and multilingualism. The curriculum is particularly strong in language typology and language contact, psycholinguistics and phonology, and capitalises on Hong Kong's multilingual environment.

The programme includes two core courses which cover core linguistic topics, providing a solid foundation to candidates for a thorough understanding of the theories and methods of linguistic research and teaching. Candidates can choose four additional elective courses from an array of advanced topics designed to develop the ability to apply linguistic theories to new problems, especially in the context of linguistic diversity in its social, educational and political dimensions.

A central component of our programme is the dissertation, which prepares students to conduct independent research in linguistics.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$198,000.00 (20,11,377) per year
HK $198,000 (approved for academic year 2021/22, may subject to change)

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

Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

1. A good Bachelor's degree with a major in linguistics or a closely related subject from a recognised university.

2. Candidates may be invited to an interview or a qualifying examination.

Expected English standards:

Applicants with qualifications from a university or comparable institution outside HK where the language of teaching or examination is not English are required to obtain:

  • a score of 550 or above (paper based test) or 80 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), in which a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English (TWE), or a score of 25 or above in the Writing section of the Internet-based TOEFL; or
  • a minimum overall band of 7 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Only TOEFL / IELTS score recorded in the two years before the date of application is considered for admission.

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

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