Applied English Linguistics

    Normal Period(Full-Time)-PhD Degree: 48 months

    Normal Period(Full-Time)-MPhil Degree: 24 months


    RMB 90000/year


    Students shall commence studies in fall. Spring enrollment will only be opened to students under special circumstances, each case will be considered on individual merits.


    The MPhil/PhD Programme in Applied English Linguistics aims to cultivates high level talents by providing a supportive environment for conducting applied research in one of the areas of specialization, such as second language teaching, multimodal discourse analysis, digital literacy, corpus linguistics, varieties of English language and intercultural communication. Students will develop in-depth professional knowledge and skills for investigating issues of using English as an international language in a context of 21st century communication and learning. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to conduct independent research thoroughly, contributing to current research in applied linguistics.


    Applicants seeking admission to the PhD programme should possess:

    a) a master's degree from a recognised university or comparable institution; or

    b) a bachelor's degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution, whom should demonstrate strong evidence of research achievement/experience; or

    c) any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose, whom may be required to take an admission exam.

    Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil programme should possess:

    a) a bachelor's degree with Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or

    b) a qualification deemed to be equivalent; and shall, if required, satisfy the examiners in an admission exam.

    Language Requirements:

    Applicants whose first language is not English, or previous degrees not obtained with English as medium of instruction are required to prove their language abilities by means of performance in any one of the tests below:

    *Test results of TOEFL-iBT Home Edition or IELTS Indicator will not be considered.

    TestMinimum requirement
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    79 (Internet-based Test)

    Reading, Listening and Speaking≥18; Writing≥19

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


    Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing ≥ 5.5


    For MPhil programme students:

    Minimum of 12 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*).

    For PhD programme students:

    Minimum of 22 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*). Applicant with a relevant Master's degree may be exempted from 3 units of coursework.

    All course and instructions will be delivered in English.

    Both MPhil and PhD students need to achieve a minimum GPA score of 2.67 to be considered satisfactory fulfilment of coursework requirement.

    * Remark: the Mandatory Common Core Courses will be taken in Hong Kong Baptist University.


    To enable research postgraduate students to focus on their studies and facilitate their research endeavors and professional development, financial support will be offered based on academic merit and/or experience. In return, students may be required to assist in teaching and research work, also as a supplement to their courses of studies.

    a) Studentship and Stipend

    Studentship is intended to help cover daily subsistence, tuition fees and other expenses that research postgraduate students may incur during their study. Stipend is offered to selected number of students who demonstrate outstanding performance.

    • Full Studentship with stipend

    Full tuition waiver with a yearly stipend of RMB 96,000 (RMB 8,000 per month) for PhD student; RMB 72,000 (RMB 6,000 per month) for MPhil student. Student has to act as Teaching Assistant (TA) to earn this living stipend. The workload is up to 10 hours per week, maximum number of work hours capped at 300 hours per year. The supervisors may provide other subsidies if the student acts as Research Assistant (RA).

    • Half Studentship with stipend

    Half tuition waiver (i.e. half of the tuition is waived). Student has to act as TA to earn a yearly stipend of RMB 96,000 (RMB 8,000 per month) for PhD student; RMB 72,000 (RMB 6,000 per month) for MPhil student. The workload is up to 10 hours per week, maximum number of work hours capped at 300 hours per year. The supervisors may provide other subsidies if the student acts as RA.

    b) Visiting Scheme

    This scheme aims at encouraging students to stay at HKBU to take coursework and undertake research as part of their thesis work. The allowances for each of MPhil and PhD students are HKD 3,000 per month for a maximum stay of 6 months.

    c) Research Allowances

    Both PhD & MPhil students are entitled research allowances to cover 1) research-related travel; 2) conference attendance; 3) data collection; 4) purchase of books and other research materials not available at UIC Learning Resource Centre.


    You are required to apply the programme via UIC Research Postgraduate Programme Application System with below documents:

    1.HKBU application form

     (a) please select the programme on the website: then choose Research Postgraduate Programme - MPhil & PhD, and;

     (b) complete the application form before the closing day on the HKBU Online System and;

     (c) pay the application fee.

    2.Research proposal (in English);

    3.Certificate of Bachelor Degree and/or Master Degree;

    4.Official transcripts (undergraduate and/or postgraduate);

    5.English proficiency test reports (TOEFL or IELTS);

    6.Curriculum vitae;

    7.Copy of ID card (Two sides) / Copy of passport for non-Chinese;

    8.Any other supporting documents (publications, awards, patent, etc.).

    Note: Please contact and communicate with your proposed supervisors before submitting your application to ensure the smooth progress of your application.

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    Can be the Principal Supervisor/Co-supervisor for MPhil/PhD students
    Name(English) Name(Chinese) Field of Study Email
    Prof. John Blair CORBETT / Applied linguistics, Scottish literature and the Scots language
    Prof. Indika Jananda Borala LIYANAGE / Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Applied Linguistics, Language Teacher Education, Language Teacher Professional Development
    Can be the Co-supervisor for MPhil/PhD students
    Name(English) Name(Chinese) Field of Study Email
    Dr. Charles David LOWE / Creative Writing (Fiction), 19th and 20th Century British Literatures
    Dr. Edith Mei-Yee YAN 甄美仪 Language teaching with technology, English medium instruction, first language use in foreign language teaching, multimodal discourse analysis
    Dr. Sunny Hong QIAN 钱宏 Translation Studies
    Dr. Malila CARVALHO DE ALMEIDA PRADO / Corpus Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, English as a Lingua Franca, teacher identity, teacher development, pragmatics in language teaching
    Dr. Xiaoping WU 吴晓苹 Discourse analysis, social media discourse studies, and media and translation studies
    Dr. Molly Mengying JIANG 蒋梦莹 Gender and translation Translation and cultural diplomacy Translation, multimodality and popular culture
    Dr. Juyoung LEE / Second Language Acquisition, Corpus Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, ESL/EFL education, Bilingualism
    Dr. Ge SONG 宋歌 Translation theories; Chinese culture in translation; Linguistic landscape in relation to translation; Museum translation
    Dr. Jackie Lay Kean YEOH / Workplace discourse, Language for Specific Purposes, Pragmatics, Error Analysis, Language Teaching, Assessment and Evaluation
    Dr. Xuemei CHEN 陈雪梅 Translation in the digital age, translation of children’s literature, sociology of translation, and reception studies
    Dr. Benjamin BARBER / Romanticism, Literary Theory, Philosophies of Transcendence and Immanence