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Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong



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Aims and outcomes

The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of English in educational and professional contexts. The knowledge and skills students acquire in the programme enable them to become innovative and reflective professionals in a range of institutional settings.

After completing the MAESP programme students are able to:

Professional competence

1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principal language systems of English (sound, semantics, discourse and lexico-grammar) and their interrelatedness;

2. show an awareness of contextual variation in English across a range of modes, genres and settings;

3. demonstrate a profound understanding of how English functions in educational and professional contexts and communities;

4. demonstrate a deep understanding of advances in theory, research and practice in their chosen specialism;

5. apply a repertoire of methodologies, approaches and tools to analyse language and communication in settings relevant to their specialism;

6. plan, conduct and report on empirical research into issues and problems relating to the acquisition and use of English for educational and/or professional purposes;

7. show an advanced understanding and appreciation of a wide range of literary and imaginative texts and events;

Strategic thinking

8. work independently and collaboratively to analyse and resolve theoretical issues and practical problems relating to the use of English in their chosen specialism;

9. apply critical and creative thinking skills strategically in educational and workplace contexts; and

Lifelong learning

10. continue to engage in lifelong learning and professional development through inquiry and reflection on professional practices.


There are three possible study outcomes and qualifications:

1. Postgraduate Certificate in English Studies for the Professions (12 credits): students should complete the four Core Subjects.

2. Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies for the Professions (18 credits): students should complete the four Core Subjects (12 credits) and two other subjects from the lists of specialism-related Core Subjects.

3. Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions (English Language Arts/English for the Professions/English Language Studies/English Language Teaching): students should complete the four Core Subjects (12 credits); two specialism-related Core Subjects (6 credits); and either four specialism-specific Electives (12 credits) or by taking the Research Project (6 credits) and associated research methods subject (3 credits) as well as one specialism-specific Elective (3 credits).

This programme has four specialisms: English Language Arts, English for the Professions, English Language Studies and English Language Teaching.

Programme Structure

Full-time mode: 1 year (2 semesters and 1 summer term)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

HK$140,100.00 (13,47,566) per year

HK $4,670 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


02 Sep


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirement for international students

A Bachelor’s degree in any subject or the equivalent from a recognised institution. In the case of applicants intending to specialise in English Language Teaching, English Language Studies or English Language Arts, preference will be given to those who majored in English or a communication-related field. Applicants wishing to specialise in English for the Professions are not expected to have majored in English or a communication-related field.

Applicants are expected to meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 96 or above for the Internet-based test, or 590 or above for the paper-based test; OR
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 for the listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 for the speaking and writing sections; OR
  • A level of competence in English as demonstrated in the admission interview and written test set by the Department of English, which indicates that the applicant* is capable of studying successfully at the taught MA level.

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