Entrance Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements as defined in the most recent Graduate School brochure published by The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


  • Applicants for the M.A. in English (Applied English Linguistics) should normally possess a good honours degree in English or a language-related field. All candidates must satisfy the Graduate Panel that they have a strong interest in applied linguistics and a good standard of English. Applicants from outside Hong Kong who are nonnative speakers of English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 obtained within 2 years.
  • Applicants for the M.Phil. in English (Applied English Linguistics) must have the necessary intellectual ability to conduct applied linguistics research.
  • A year of relevant professional experience is helpful.


Applicants for the M.A. and M.Phil. in English (Applied English Linguistics) programmes are required to attend an interview whenever feasible. M.A. applicants must submit a 500-word statement about their particular interests and goals related to postgraduate study in applied linguistics. M.Phil. applicants are required to submit a 800-word plan of study, describing their research interest and goals for postgraduate study. The interview aims to assess the applicants’ intellectual and linguistic abilities as well as their understanding of basic concepts and issues in applied linguistics.

Preparatory Reading
Applicants are expected to be acquainted with the contents of the following titles:


  • Brown, D. (2000). Principles of Language Learning and Teaching. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall Regents.
  • Carter, R. and Nunan, D. (2001). The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Celce-Murcia, M. and Larsen-Freeman, D. (1999). The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher’s Course. Boston: Heinle and Heinle.
  • Clark, J. and Yallop, C. (1995). An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Dudley-Evans, T. and St. John, M. (1998). Developments in English for Specific Purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ellis, R. (1994). The Study of Second Language Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fromkin, V. and Rodman, R. (1998). An Introduction to Language. 6th edition. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers.
  • Jacobs, R. A. (1995). English Syntax: A Grammar for English Language Professionals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lightbown, P. and Spada, N. (1998). How Languages are Learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • McCarthy, M. (2001). Issues in Applied Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press