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Hong Kong Baptist University

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Chinese Language and Literature / Creative and Professional Writing / English Language and Literature / Humanities / Translation) 文學士(榮譽) (中國語言文學 / 創意及專業寫作 / 英國語言文學 / 人文學 / 翻譯學)


Short DescriptionUpdated

The Faculty of Arts uses a broad-based admissions system for five programmes, giving students more flexibility. Under the broad-based admissions system, students will spend their first year of study exploring different Arts disciplines. Then, towards the end of their first year, they will choose the Programme they would like to study. The broad-based admissions system consists of the following programmes: (1) Chinese Language and Literature, (2) Creative and Professional Writing, (3) English Language and Literature, (4) Humanities, and (5) Translation.

(1) Chinese Language and Literature

The Programme is committed to providing students with a thorough training in Chinese language, literature, and culture. The acquisition of knowledge and skills of basic research and training in critical thinking enables students to achieve their academic goals, personal growth, and their commitment to lifelong learning and preparation for future careers. This serves the University’s common goal of “Whole Person Education”, and empowers students to contribute to both the local and international communities.

(2) Creative and Professional Writing

The Creative and Professional Writing Programme of HKBU is the first UGC-funded undergraduate programme among Hong Kong tertiary institutions dedicated to creative and professional writing in both Chinese and English.

The Programme emphasises the following general aims:

- To provide students with a vigorous curriculum to develop creative and professional writing skills in Chinese and English;

- To develop students’ abilities when writing professionally in different genres and contexts to enhance students’ career opportunities;

- To cultivate students to produce original works of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction;

- To enhance students' cultural literacy which would act as a solid basis for their creative and professional writing;

- To build up their knowledge for self-directed and life-long learning in the world of professional writing and publishing.

(3) English Language and Literature

This Programme offers excellent opportunities for students to develop their disciplinary knowledge in English language and literature with a cross-cultural perspective; written and verbal communication skills; critical thinking skills and appreciation of creative writing; leadership skills and teamwork techniques; awareness or international values, including overseas study and/or work experience.

(4) Humanities

The first and unique undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to offer a broad liberal arts education, the Humanities programme dedicated itself to training students to think critically and creatively, to write logically and speak confidently, to sympathise with humanity, and to appreciate life. 

Our teaching staff profile includes renowned scholars and emerging young ones. Our programme continues to be distinguished by the three pillars of interdisciplinarity, bilingual teaching and learning, and cross-culturalism. Based on these unique strengths, our programme is marked by three Cs:

- “Creative”: Students of Humanities will develop and defend the freedom of mind;

- “Cultural”: They will learn both classical and contemporary cultures;

- “Critical”: They will appreciate diverse perspectives.

(5) Translation

The Translation Programme aims to “educate bilingual and bicultural communicators for professional translation and language careers”. Teachers of the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies share with students their expertise in academic research, their experience of frontline fieldwork in interlingual and intercultural communication, and their pedagogic vision. Students are thus prepared to meet the cultural, socio-political and economic needs of the local community, as well as those of a rapidly developing China. The Programme provides a strong mix of both academic intellectual training and professionally-oriented practice. It offers a range of specialist options such as Translation Technology, Localisation, Spanish-Chinese Translation, Media Translation, and different forms of Interpreting.

In their final year, all students undertake a one-year Honours Project. This involves an extended translation of 10,000 words, plus critical commentary, or alternatively a research project of similar length. The Programme also incorporates a one-semester project-based internship.

Unique Features

Only Faculty of Arts offers Double Major Programmes in Hong Kong Baptist University. Student may choose to take a Double Major Programme which consists of two Majors in one Bachelor’s degree. Student can choose any two Majors from (1) Chinese Language and Literature, (2) English Language and Literature and (3) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics or Double Major in Translation and English Language and Literature.

Student Learning Experiences  

Student can join the internship programmes and exchange programmes organised by the University. 

Apart from University’s programmes, some of our Departments offer programme-orientated Internship to their students, such as Creative and Professional Writing Programme offers writing internship to their students.

In addition to the internship and exchange programmes, some of our Departments will organise study tours to broaden students’ horizons. For example, Humanities Programme has organised summer study tours to Tsinghua University and Shaanxi Normal University, etc.

Career Opportunities 

Administration, education, publishing, media, public relations, marketing, social service, culture and arts, etc.

Admissions Scholarship 

To award outstanding HKDSE students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty offers a scholarship starting from the 2024 intake: 

Sum of HKDSE Score

(Best 5 subjects) 

Amount of Scholarship
26 or above $42,100 (one-off, 100% of the first-year tuition)
25    $21,050 (one-off, 50% of the first-year tuition)

Please refer to the website for more details. 



  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements

Notes for elective subjects:

1) One of the electives must be any Category A subjects (excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2));

2) The other elective can be any of the following subjects:
a) Category A subjects (including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2));
b) Specified Category B (Applied Learning) subjects (with "Attained with Distinction (I)" or above) listed in the following website:;
b) Category C (Other Language) subjects at Grade C or above.

Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level

Note 1: For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, alternative Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University (except for the programmes offered by the School of Chinese Medicine) are listed in the website:

Note 2: Equivalences to Level 3 in HKDSE English Language are listed in the website:

Note 3:

  • One of the elective subjects must be Category A subjects (excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2)).
  • Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2) and Category C subjects (Other Languages) at Grade C or above can be recognised for fulfilment of the second elective requirement.
  • Individual programmes may consider Category B subjects (Applied Learning) with “Attained with Distinction (I)” or above for fulfilment of the second elective requirement (excluding the subjects under the study area of “Applied Learning Chinese” which are recognised as an alternative Chinese language qualification for non-Chinese speaking students).
  • In general, the scores for Category A subjects are converted as follows:
    5**=7, 5*=6, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2, 1=1
  • The scores for Category B subjects are converted as follows:
    Attained with Distinction (II) =4, Attained with Distinction (I) =3
  • The scores for Category C subjects are converted as follows:
    A=7, B=5.5, C=4, D=2.5, E=1
Note 4: “Attained” in Citizenship and Social Development (CSD) will not be included in the admission score calculation. Applicants with Level 2 or above in Liberal Studies subject attained in 2023 or before would be accepted in lieu of CSD for fulfilling the GERs. Following the handling of CSD, results of Liberal Studies subject would not be given any score in score calculation starting from the 2024 entry

Remarks on admissions score: Individual programme would adopt different score formulae for calculating applicants’ admissions scores. Please refer to the following link for the updated score calculation and subject weights of our programmes for 2024 entry:

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

For 2024 entry, HKBU accepts combined results and will count the best results for meeting the entrance requirements and for the calculation of admissions scores.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100


Admissions Office


Tel: (852) 3411 2200


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 582 648 834 901 591 3556
2022 609 772 898 989 690 3958
2021 535 679 835 873 561 3483
2020 765 826 1021 1045 643 4300
2019 1241 1151 1295 1231 814 5732
2018 1399 1211 1429 1570 945 6554
2017 1183 1312 1521 1678 1115 6809
2016 1428 1543 1846 2086 1289 8192
2015 1591 1745 2317 2604 1745 10002
2014 1753 1917 2731 3174 2136 11711
2013 1556 1718 2587 3362 2360 11583
2012 2194 1915 2352 2950 2171 11582

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 102 7 2 0 0 111
2022 106 6 1 0 0 113
2021 61 2 1 0 0 64
2020 47 3 2 0 1 53
2019 128 10 1 3 1 143
2018 146 13 1 0 0 160
2017 139 13 0 1 1 154
2016 161 1 4 1 0 167
2015 178 5 0 0 0 183
2014 161 6 1 0 1 169
2013 142 7 3 1 0 153
2012 178 4 1 0 0 183