Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.

What will I learn?

The MA in Literary and Comparative Studies (MALCS) aims to provide students the opportunity to explore literatures in English, activate experiential learning, conduct independent research, and present their findings in a comparative and globalized context. These emphases give a distinctive character to the Programme and reflect the 2020 vision of HKBU—a vison that purports to promote world class research and deliver the best student experience.

Our research-enriched curriculum is designed to strike a good balance between global and local literary studies. Students take methodology-based core courses that examine classic and contemporary critical theories and literary works in relation to ideas in larger contexts, such as world literatures, global modernisms, comparative literature and the arts. They are also required to take research-driven elective courses that highlight current major themes that affect the global and local communities, and how these themes are mediated in literary texts. Students can also take part in the workshops, seminars and postgraduate conferences organized by the department. They are also given the opportunity to do a Master’s thesis as the culmination of work for the MA.

The MA Programme strives to deliver the best student experience by emphasizing experiential and multimodal learning. Students will complete media-enriched projects, take part in outdoor activities and study tours, with a view to enhancing their abilities to think out of the box, develop cross-cultural understanding, engage with different peoples and communities, and apply their knowledge to real-world issues.

Students can opt for the full-time or part-time study mode to suit their interests. If pursuing the degree full-time, students will complete 27 units in one academic year; if part-time, students will complete the same number of units in two academic years. Common destinations for graduates with an MA in Literary and Comparative Literature include doctoral or advanced studies, as well as careers in academic teaching, publishing, government policy, journalism, advertising, and marketing.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$99,900.00 (10,10,622) per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor's degree for admission to a Taught Postgraduate degree programme; English Language Requirements: TOEFL - 550 (Paper-based), 79 (Internet-based); or IELTS (Academic): Overall Band at 6.5; or CET-6 (College English Test band 6): 450.

For international students

Applicants applying to the MALCS Programme:

  • should hold a bachelor’s degree (BA) from a recognised university or comparable institution; or a qualification deemed to be equivalent;

Applicants whose first degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should:

  • At least one of the following minimum scores or standards have been achieved: (i) a score of 6.5 in IELTS; (ii) a TOEFL iBT (internet-based testing) score of 79 or PBT (Paper-based/delivered Test) of 550; (iii) a score of 500 in CET6; (iv) Grade D in AS Use of English (HKALE); OR (v) Level 4 in English Language (HKDSE).
  • be able to communicate in English at an advanced level.


Mature students and other candidates lacking the above qualifications may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. A qualifying examination may be required.

Application Deadline1st round: 31 Jan 2020, 2nd round: 30 Apr 2020. Final round: 15 Jun 2020 (non-local)

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


Get in touch