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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in the field of English Studies (MA) offers candidates with a solid foundation in English Studies the opportunity to participate in an innovative programme that explores the latest developments in literary, cultural and linguistic theory. The curriculum has a cross-cultural focus designed to take advantage of Hong Kong's historical, geographical and political position on the global stage. Each course considers different theories, languages and literatures of cross-cultural exchange, especially with respect to East-West and post-colonial studies. The programme includes courses in Cross-Cultural Theory, Language and Communication, Global Shakespeare, Post-Colonial Representations, Travel Writing and Culture, World Modernisms, The Politics of English, Language Variation across Society and Speakers, Intercultural Communication and Global Englishes.

The main prerequisite for this programme is a solid background at UG level in writing critical essays on language and literature. Much of the theory will be new, and the programme will begin at the beginning and assume no prior knowledge of the material. However, reading in some of the theories used in the programme, such as theories of language and communication, Orientalism, post-colonial theory, theories of globalisation and cross-cultural theory, is recommended as preparation.

Please note that our MA is not an English as a Second Language or an English teaching programme. Although many of our students are English teachers or teachers-to-be, our focus is purely on literature and language as fields of critical enquiry, and the programme does not focus on pedagogical methods or improving language skills. Our programme assumes that you already have a background in critical reading and writing but also offers academic writing workshops throughout the year to ensure that students from different backgrounds are well supported.

In addition to regular classes, candidates will be required to complete a capstone course in their final semester that will culminate in a final essay, a creative project and a conference paper to be presented to the academic and wider community.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$198,000.00 (20,03,035) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

(a) shall hold

  1. a Bachelor’s degree with good honours of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; and
  2. a Bachelor’s degree with a major in English or a closely related subject;

(b) for a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement applicable to higher degrees as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b). The programme has its specific requirements with regard to TOEFL and IELTS:

TOEFL: Paper-based test (PBT) Overall score of 550 with 4 in Test of Written English (TWE); or TOEFL: Internet-based test (iBT) Overall score of 80 with 25 in Writing; or IELTS Band 7 with no subtest lower than 5.5

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

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