PolyU SPEED BA (Hons) in Chinese Language and Culture - Full-time

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Language and Culture - Full-time

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Language and Culture - Full-time

Programme Code

84067-CLC (Full-time)

Medium of Instruction

English [except for subjects have to be taught in Chinese (Cantonese/Putonghua)]

Scheme Leader

Dr LAI, Wience Wing-sze

BA [PolyU(H.K.)]; MPhil, PgDEd (C.U.H.K.); PhD (H.K.)

Assistant Scheme Leader

Dr DENG, Chunrao Jessica

BA (SCNU); MEd (K.U.Leuven); PhD (H.K.)

Programme Leader

Dr LAU, Kam-tang

BA, MPhil, PhD (City H.K.); PgDipEd (H.K.)

Commencement Date

02 Sep 2024

Normal Duration

2 years

Tuition Fee (Local students)

HK$3,000/ credit

Tuition Fee (Non-local students)

HK$3,300/ credit

Academic Division

Division of Languages and Communication

Programme Features


Scheme Features

  • Your biliterate and trilingual proficiency will be developed through practical theories and training
  • You can participate in local and non-local internships, including working as a Chinese or English editor
  • You can take part in overseas language and cultural exchange tours to gain international experience
  • You can join practical language training developed in collaboration with industry


Programme Features

  • Differs from most traditional Chinese language and culture curricula in offering such featured subjects as martial arts literature, film culture, the history and culture of the Greater Bay Area, and global popular culture
  • Studies language and culture from diverse theoretical and practical perspectives
  • While you will be highly proficient in Chinese, the programme also equips you with essential English skills for survival in the bilingual workplace


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BA (Hons) Scheme in Language and Communication
Division of Languages and Communication


Future Prospects

Career Prospects

  • Graduates will be ready to enter related careers such as Administration, Civil Service, Corporate Communication, Cultural Industry, Editing, Education, Event Management, Marketing and Public Relations.  Examples of related positions are Civil Servant, Communications Officer, English/Chinese Editor, Executive Officer, Language Officer, Project Manager, Researcher, Teacher and Translator.


Further Study Opportunities

  • Many local and overseas universities have admitted graduates of the programmes in Chinese Language and Culture into Master's programmes, including The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, University of London, and The University of Manchester

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete the following requirements with satisfactory results for an honours degree:


RequirementsMinimum Credits
General University Requirements (GUR) Note 19
Cluster Area Requirements (CAR)2 subjects, 3 credits each6
Service-Learning (SL)1 subject, 3 credits3
Essential Components of General Education (non-credit bearing)-N/A
Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) Note 2
(Please refer to the table below for details)
Scheme Compulsory6 subjects, 3 credits each18
Award-Specific Compulsory6 subjects, 3 credits each18
Elective5 subjects, 3 credits each15
Work-Integrated Education (WIE)Note 3 
300 hours of work-based learning experienceN/A


Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)


Foundation (for students from unrelated disciplines only)Note 2

  • e-Learning Course in Putonghua
  • Introduction to Communication and Language


Scheme Compulsory (all 6 subjects)

  • Advanced Putonghua for Professional Communication 
  • Chinese Writing for Professionals 
  • Effective Professional Communication in English
  • Contrastive Study and Research of Chinese and English
  • Integrated Study (Language and Communication)
  • Translation for the Workplace 


 Award-Specific Compulsory (all 6 subjects)

  • Chinese Cultural Themes in the English Context
  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Chinese Rhetoric and Modern Communication
  • Classical Chinese for Today 
  • Language and Culture in Chinese Contexts
  • The History and Culture of Major Cities in the Greater Bay Area


Elective# (any 5 subjects, at least 2 subjects must be at Level 4)

(Students are required to take 5 elective subjects (3 credits each) from any subject areas below.Students may also take the compulsory subjects of other specialisms under the scheme as elective subjects.)

Language, Literature and Culture

  • Cantonese and Local Culture
  • China and the West: Cultures in Contact
  • Chinese Writing for the Media
  • Film Art, Language and Culture
  • Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts Literature 
  • Special Topics in Chinese Literature


Linguistics and its Applications

  • Language Typology
  • Learning a Third Language – A Global Experience
  • Text, Image and New Media
  • Translation for Business and Commerce
  • Translation for the Media

Digital Media and Corporate Communication

  • Creative Online Public Relations and Internet Marketing
  • Creative Visual Communication for Marketers
  • Marketing and Organising Events
  • Multiculturalism and Communication
  • Strategic Public Relations and Crisis Management


Information Technology

  • Multimedia Technology for the Internet



  • Teaching Primary School Students English as a Service-Learning Experience^


Work-based Learning

  • Language and Communication Practicum%

^  This is a subject for meeting the Service-Learning (SL) requirement.

#  Offering of any elective subjects is subject to sufficient enrolment and resources availability.

Successful completion of the subject will be considered as having fulfilled the WIE requirement.



  1. Students who have not met the equivalent standard of undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) under GUR are required to take up to 9 additional credits in LCR (2 subjects in English & 1 subject in Chinese, 3 credits each).  They will be advised if they are required to take LCR subjects on admission.   
  2. Students from unrelated disciplines (i.e. holders of Associate Degree or equivalent qualification not in Language/Communication) with good academic results may also be considered for admission to this programme.  These students will be required to take 1 foundation subject if they have not completed similar subjects before.  
  3. Relevant work experience accumulated during or after sub-degree studies may be considered for fulfilment of WIE.  Students will be invited to submit application for consideration after programme commencement.

Entrance Requirements

Holder of a recognised Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification.  



  1. The main medium of instruction of the study programme concerned should be English.  An applicant who has completed the programme with other languages as the main medium of instruction should attain the following English Language requirement: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (paper based); 80 (Internet based).
  2. An applicant who does not possess the above-mentioned qualification but has reached the age of 25 before 1 September, in the year in which he/she seeks admission, may apply as a mature applicant. He/she must demonstrate sufficient motivation, knowledge and potential to indicate a high probability of being able to complete the programme successfully. In addition, he/she may be required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).