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Masters Programme (MA)

Masters Programme (MA)

The Department of Linguistics offers a 1-year Master’s degree program in Linguistics. For the 2017-18 intake we offer a full-time study option only.

Modern linguistics is the study of human languages in all aspects, ranging from structural to social, cognitive and educational concerns. Our students therefore engage in core courses such as grammatical description and phonetics, as well elective courses in psycholinguistics, bi- and multilingualism, linguistic typology, Cantonese linguistics, amongst others. A central aspect of our program is the dissertation component, which prepares students for future research work. Each student is individually supervised by one or more of our highly international faculty.

HKU Linguistics graduates are well-rounded linguists who combine a scientific approach to language with the humanities and social sciences. Whether you want to pursue a career in linguistic research, engage professionally with the language processing, computation or publishing, or aim for leading roles in education management, you will find our program an excellent platform to gain state-of-the art knowledge of the field. Our approach encourages participation in exciting debates with peers and senior researchers alike. A majority of our students are from overseas, creating a diverse and stimulating environment.



MA students take 7 courses plus a dissertation (equivalent to 60 credits) to fulfill their coursework requirements, to be completed in a year. 

**Classes are in day-time or in the evening.


Application and admission

The MA programme application procedure begins in Jan each year. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview in Feb and March, and maybe asked to take a qualifying examination. Successful MA applicants will begin the programme in September of the year.


For more information and online application, please click here. Online application is now open and will close on 27th February 12:00 noon.


For Current students

List of available courses 2016/17
HKU Dates of Semester, 2016/17
MA student handbook 2016-17

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