BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions


Program Description

What are English Studies for the Professions?

  • Build your practical skills and subject knowledge
  • Increase your career opportunities as you become a proficient and confident English user
  • Develop your ability to communicate professionally across media and contexts
  • Satisfy your curiosity about languages and cultures

Programme aims

Our programme aims to nurture graduates who will have:

  • a firm grounding in language studies which can be critically and creatively applied in a variety of business and management contexts, especially in multilingual settings;
  • the ability to exercise judgment and develop an intellectual curiosity to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • the potential to become future leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes;
  • a high level of professional communicative competence in English;
  • an understanding of intercultural communication in multilingual settings that enhances their global outlook and cultural appreciation; and
  • the ability to apply their strong communication skills to solve real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional/business settings.

Programme characteristics

  • The programme promotes the all-round development of students’ potentials to the fullest extent for the English language profession.
  • Along with a major in English Studies, students can also take a minor in another discipline offered by the University.
  • A variety of teaching and learning methods are adopted, including language and computer laboratory work, online English language databases, role-plays, simulations, talks by guest speakers, and workplace visits and placements.
  • Students explore the global and cultural dimensions of the subjects studied and further develop themselves professionally through participating in summer programmes abroad and credit-earning student exchange programmes overseas.
  • The emphasis placed by the programme on self-directed learning, project-based learning, and group work helps to develop students’ sense of entrepreneurship, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Students will acquire a set of essential skills, such as research and study skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, language and communication skills, self-reflection, peer evaluation, and teamwork, to facilitate their life-long learning journey.

Recognition by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong

The programme is recognised by the Education Bureau and its Standing Committee on Language Education and Research as an English Language Major Degree Programme which meets the Hong Kong Government’s Language Proficiency Requirement. Registered BDLCC students are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers offered by the Education Bureau.

Career prospects


Graduates of the Department of English are successful in their careers and excel in various industries and professions in Hong Kong. Fresh graduates of this programme find employment in media and journalism, retail, human resources, public relations, marketing, and advertising, publishing, education, and the civil service, where a high level of competence in English and professional communication is needed.

According to PolyU’s 2018 Graduate Employment Survey, the average starting salary of our graduates is the highest among all degree programmes oered by the Faculty of Humanities and saw the highest increase from the previous year among all PolyU departments.

The 4-Year Curriculum

General University Requirements (GUR) [30 credits]

  • Language and Communication Requirements
  • Freshmen Seminar for Language Professionals
  • Leadership and Intra-Personal Development
  • Service-Learning
  • Cluster Areas Requirements
  • Healthy Lifestyle (non-credit bearing)

Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) [75 credits + 3 training credits]

Major study subjects in three focal areas [60 credits]
- Language Sciences
- Global Communicative Competence
- English for the Professions
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Major study elective subjects [15 credits]
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Work-Integrated Education (WIE) [3 training credits]
You should complete a mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, or overseas. WIE is work-based learning experiences which take place in an organisational context relevant to a student’s future profession or to the development of general skills that will be valuable in that profession. WIE can take dierent forms, such as an internship in a company or organisation in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, or overseas during the semester or in summer. Students can also find a wide range of international WIE placements in over 18 countries, including Canada, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA through the Oce of Careers and Placement Services of the University.

Free Electives / Minor [18 credits]

  • Free elective subjects from any PolyU academic departments, including the Department of English; OR
  • A Minor from a PolyU academic department

Your Study Options

The programme allows you to pursue one of the following three study options:

  • Single discipline major
    BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) as a single degree programme in English Studies (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)
  • Major / Minor option
    with English as the Major and a Minor from another discipline (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)

Entrance Requirements

Local Applicants

For applicants admitting through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), the minimum entrance requirement are the same as those of PolyU’s:

  • Level 3 or above in English Language and Chinese Language;
  • Level 2 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies; and
  • Level 3 or above in two elective subjects.

The following subjects will be given the highest weighting in the calculation of admission scores:

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language

International Applicants

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.

Last updated Sep 2020

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About the School

In the Department of English, our primary mission is to provide applied English language studies for the professions, and we aim to be recognised internationally as a leading provider of undergraduate ... Read More

In the Department of English, our primary mission is to provide applied English language studies for the professions, and we aim to be recognised internationally as a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate studies focusing on professional communication. Read less