What will I learn?

The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) has a comprehensive research profile in language sciences and linguistics, with special foci on Chinese, bilingualism and Asian languages. We aim for research results that merit a world-leading profile and the potential to generate knowledge and applications that will benefit mankind in general.

Research Objectives

  • To understand how language is used in context, in vivo, with special reference to meaning-making by bilingual speakers and writers in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Greater China.
  • To apply our knowledge to language issues in Hong Kong, especially in relation to Chinese language and bilingual education.
  • To train professionals and scholars who, upon successful completion of the postgraduate programme at CBS, can go on to play a crucial role in an increasingly competitive world characterised by multilingualism and multiculturalism.
  • To build a solid scholarly foundation for the effective application of language use in the domains of business and education, such as in the fields of corporate communication, language technology, language education and language testing.

Research Direction

CBS strives to gain a world-leading reputation in empirical, inter­-disciplinary research in language sciences by (i) enhancing our research capacity in computational and corpus linguistics, neurolinguistics and cognitive sciences; (ii) expanding international collaboration; and (iii) nurturing young scholars by targeting competitive external grants and producing top-quality publications in high-impact journals.

Translation and Interpreting Studies

We adopt a corpus-­based approach to translation research and teaching. Areas include translation universals and process­-oriented studies (eye-tracking, key-­logging data and think­-aloud protocols). Interpreting focuses on the interplay of language and cognition, using neurophysiological and linguistic tools to study professional and novice interpreters’ cerebral lateralisation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (US$ 10,833) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)

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

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

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

To register for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university; or
  • Other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised university are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English).

Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognised public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ranking 75th worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2021),6th in the QS Top 50 under 50 Rankings 2021 and 25th in QS Asia University Rankings 2020.

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