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What will I learn?

The English major programme offers excellent opportunities for students to develop

  • 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 of international values, including overseas study and/or work experience.

The English major programme provides students with

  • A rigorous disciplinary training in English language and linguistics, comparative literature, and literatures written in English;
  • Comparative and cross-cultural perspectives on, as well as approaches to, English language and linguistics, literary studies, and creative writing;
  • Useful critical and analytical tools when addressing issues related to language, literature and culture in everyday life.

What are the special features of the English Major Programme at HKBU?

The Programme offers students a variety of study routes in the form of "concentrations" within their Major, and "Minors" outside their Major, to meet individual interests, goals and needs flexibly.

Concentration: Students can use their major elective units to concentrate their study on a focused area within their Major, namely, "Literary and Comparative Studies" or "Language and Communication Studies" in their third and fourth years. Students may also choose a "flexible" concentration within the Major by accumulating sufficient units leading to a "General Studies" concentration.

What about my Career Paths or Job Opportunities after HKBU?

Teaching has long been a reliable career choice for many of our graduates. Some have chosen to work in government departments or with top accountancy and business firms. Others have opted to build careers in the creative arts or in public relations. Our Programme has produced pop song writers, novelists, lawyers, immigration officers, bankers, journalists, translators, editors, university professors, entrepreneurs, politicians, and many more. With a BA English Language and Literature degree, you will soon discover that the world is your oyster!

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,22,186) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a combined score of 1,650 in SAT Test (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing). After 2005, and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8; or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 23; and Grade 3 in at least two Advanced Placement (AP) subjects; or a score of 500 or better in each of two or more subjects in SAT Subject Tests. Students following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges must hold: US High School Graduation Diploma; and successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects. English Language Requirements : TOEFL- Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550; IELTS Academic: Overall Band: 6.0. Grade C or above in GCE O-Level/ GCSE/ IGCSE English; or Grade E or above in GCE AS Level or AL Level English; Grade E or above in HKALE Use of English (AS Use of English); IB - Grade 4 in: IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or IB English B (Higher Level); or IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) or Grade 5 in: IB English B (Standard Level).

For international students

Applicants who apply for admission with overseas qualifications are expected to have received 12-year pre-university education with appropriate school-leaving qualifications. Students from other countries should have qualifications equivalent to Hong Kong.

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

  • TOEFL: Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Band 6.0
  • IGCSE First Language English: Grade C/ Grade 4
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language: Grade B/ Grade 5
  • IB: Grade 4 in: IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or IB English B (Higher Level); or IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) OR Grade 5 in: IB English B (Standard Level)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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