Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Contemporary English Studies


What will I learn?

Mastering the world language holistically

With three inter-related strands - Contemporary Literature in English, Applied Linguistic Studies and Language Studies - the BA (Hons) Contemporary English Studies emphasises language proficiency and a level of academic excellence that can lead on to further studies in the discipline.

The BA Contemporary English Studies (BACES) programme aims to provide an all-round English education within Lingnan’s liberal arts environment, characterised by close attention to teaching and small class sizes. By engaging with a range of perspectives on language and literature in today’s interconnected world, students are equipped to be critical, creative, adaptable, and intercultural. Students are encouraged to participate in the university’s Student Exchange Programme in a country where English is the medium of instruction. A well-established Writer-in-Residence programme provides opportunities for creative expression and experiential learning.

All Lingnan students follow a common programme of general education and language courses along with their major studies. The BACES programme consists of both required and elective courses in two strands: Contemporary Literary Studies and Applied Linguistic Studies.

English Studies is the academic study of the English language across various contexts, cultures and genres. It includes the study of both literature and linguistics. The BACES programme emphasises the contemporary manifestations of English and is strongly cross-cultural, recognising the diversity of English in global communication and cultural expression. By encouraging students to engage with this diversity and to develop and articulate their own ideas, English Studies fosters creativity and develops communicative, analytical and intercultural skills.

The BACES programme is situated within Lingnan University’s liberal arts environment, which values small class sizes and close working relationships between students and staff.

We see English as far more than just a language, and our programme prepares students for a wide range of careers, including the media, corporate communications, and education.

Career Opportunity - Towards a promising career and academic excellence

The Department is known for its teaching and research excellence particularly in such areas as drama and performance, life writing and argumentative writing, metaphor and semiotics, critical discourse and digital literacy. Therefore, graduates have the chance to enter a range of careers where the combination of communication skills, language ability and cultural awareness is important. This includes sectors like financial services, the legal profession and education.

Many graduates have also gone on to postgraduate studies in English literature, linguistics or language studies and have a track record of research excellence.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,85,348) per year
Application deadline

Expected May, July 2024

More details

Start date

Expected January 2024


Lingnan University

8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Grade 4 in one of the following English Language subjects: English A, English B, English Literature and Performance

For international students

One of the following:

  • A degree or a sub-degree awarded by a recognised post-secondary institution
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree / higher diploma or its equivalent at a recognised post-secondary institution

Entry requirements vary country by country.

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, applicants are also required to fulfill one of the following English language requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Grade 4 in English Language
  • TOEFL: 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: Overall band score of 6.0 in Academic Module

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


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