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2019-20 Full-time

The full-time taught Master's programme provides a unique opportunity to pursue in-depth studies in English Linguistics and Literature, taught by leading specialists in the field. Full-time students will also have the option of specialising in either the literature or linguistics stream, allowing them to gain more expertise in their chosen area of study. The programme will also include a new, exciting capstone experience that will culminate in a research paper and a creative project to be presented at a conference for the academic and wider community.

Students will be introduced to a wide range of domains in English Linguistics and Literature. Along with introductory courses that provide foundational knowledge, Linguistics courses include Global Englishes, Cultural Semiotics, Politics of English, Intercultural communication. Literary courses include Travel Writing and Culture, World Modernisms, Post-Colonial Representations and Global Shakespeare.

Our cross-cultural approach to English language and literature takes advantage of Hong Kong's historical, geographical and political background and discusses language and literature in relation to its position in the global world. Overseas students are welcome to apply for a student visa through the university.

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 strong foundation in reading and writing in English.‚Äč

For more information and application details, please contact maesft@hku.hk.

Courses

The MA in English Studies consists of two introductory courses (9 credits each), four seminar courses (6 credits each), and a capstone experience (18 credits) in the form of a final research project and a conference paper to be presented at a conference on a Saturday in early May. This conference will be open to the academic and wider community. The total graduation requirement is 60 credits.

Core courses

Please note that not all elective courses listed below will necessarily be offered every year.

Elective courses (Linguistics)
COURSE CODE   PROGRAMME
ENGL6056   Cultural Semiotics
ENGL6075   The Politics of English
ENGL7102   Global Englishes
ENGL7105   Intercultural communication
Elective courses (Literature)
COURSE CODE   PROGRAMME
ENGL6079   World Modernisms
ENGL6080   Travel Writing and Culture
ENGL6083   Post-Colonial Representations
ENGL7104   Global Shakespeare
Final capstone course
COURSE CODE   PROGRAMME
ENGL7998   Capstone Experience: Final Research Project

The introductory core courses will be held in the evenings, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Some elective courses will be offered in the evenings and others in the daytime.

Each session may consist of a lecture, workshop, students' presentations or other form of in-class learning. Students' attendance and participation in all courses are required.

Programme Structure

There are seven courses to be completed over two semesters. You will take FOUR courses in the first semester, followed by THREE more courses (including the capstone course) in the second semester. In addition, the second semester is when you plan, research and write your final Capstone project.

Semester Dates (Teaching Dates)

Semester 1: 2 September 2019 to 30 November 2019
*Reading Week: 14 October 2019 to 19 October 2019

Semester 2: 20 January 2020 to 2 May 2020
*Reading Week: 9 March 2020 to 14 March 2020  
**The first class will be on 3 February due to Chinese New Year holidays**

Due Date for Capstone Project: 4 May 2020
Tentative Date for MAES Conference: 16 May 2020

HKU Calendar for the Academic Year 2019-20 (For Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Students)
Timetables of MAES Full-time for the students admitted in 2019-20

Semester 1

Introductory Courses:
Please note that the introductory courses below will be mandatory, and you will be in a combined class with part-time MAES students.

Mondays, 18:30 – 21:00, CPD-LG.10, Centennial Campus
ENGL7101 Introduction to Language and Communication (Dr Amanda Cheung)
** The first class will be on 9 September 2019 due to welcome drinks on 2 September**

Wednesdays, 18:30 – 21:00, CPD-LG.10, Centennial Campus
ENGL6073 Introduction to Literature and Cross-Cultural Theory (Dr Haewon Hwang)
** The first class will be on 4 September 2019**

Please choose TWO electives in each semester from the following courses. These will be mostly daytime, smaller courses, but some will be with PT students in the evenings.

Literature Courses:

Tuesdays, 13:30 – 15:20, CRT-7.58, Centennial Campus
ENGL6080 Travel Writing and Culture (Dr Simon Ng)
** The first class will be on 3 September 2019**

Thursdays, 13:30 – 15:20, CRT-8.66, Centennial Campus
ENGL7104 Global Shakespeare (Dr Kristen Murray)
** The first class will be on 5 September 2019**

Linguistics Courses:

Mondays, 9:30 – 11:20, CRT-4.04, Centennial Campus
ENGL7102 Global Englishes (Dr Agnes Kang)
** The first class will be on 9 September 2019**

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 14:20, CRT-7.58, Centennial Campus
ENGL6056 Cultural Semiotics (Dr Adrian Pablé)
** The first class will be on 11 September 2019**

Semester 2

Literature Courses:

Mondays, 18:30 – 20:30, CPD-LG.34, Centennial Campus
ENGL6079 World Modernisms (Dr Jennifer Gresham)

Thursdays, 10:30 – 12:20, CRT-7.58, Centennial Campus
ENGL6083 Post-Colonial Representations (Dr Anjuli Gunaratne)

Linguistics Courses:

Wednesdays, 10:30 – 12:20, CRT-4.04, Centennial Campus
ENGL7105 Intercultural Communication (Dr Jaspal Singh)

Wednesdays, 18:30 – 20:30, CPD-LG.34, Centennial Campus
ENGL6075 The Politics of English (Dr Gaye Gould)

Capstone Course:

In addition, you will take a mandatory course in either Literature or Linguistics to prepare for your final Capstone project.

Wednesdays, 18:30 – 20:30 (lecture/workshop, full-time combined with part-time students)
Thursday, 13:30 – 15:20 (additional meeting time for creative group projects, led by Dr Kristen Murray, starts in March)
ENGL7998A Capstone Experience, Literature (Dr Haewon Hwang)

Thursdays, 13:30 – 15:20 (full-time students only)
**Please note that the Monday session, 18:30 – 20:30 (ENGL7998C) is for part-time students. **
ENGL7998B Capstone Experience, Linguistics (Dr Amanda Cheung)

Application and Fee
Designed for

Education professionals, researchers, and those seeking academic careers or intellectual challenge.

Entrance requirements

(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:

Test   Minimum requirement
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

Overseas referees will have the option of posting their references to our School or emailing a scanned copy of their reference, signed on university letterhead to Ms Connie Kong at ckconnie@hku.hk from a university email address. In addition to the letter, the referee must send the referee report that is available for download on the Faculty application website under ‘Supporting Documents’. Hong Kong referees should either post their references and report to the School, or the applicant can post them to us along with their supporting documents.In addition, a personal statement, a writing sample and two references will be required for your application. More details on supplementary documents will be made available on the online application form.

Other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Candidates might be asked to attend an entrance examination and interview.

Programme fee

Locals: HKD$125,000 per annum
Non-locals: HKD$175,000 per annum

Candidates who have accepted a conditional offer will be asked to pay the 1st instalment of tuition fees.

Application

Closed

Student Visa

Overseas students would be able to apply for a student visa through the university upon acceptance to the programme.

Deadline for application

First batch of applications due: December 28, 2018, 12 noon (HKT)
Final deadline: March 29, 2019, 12 noon (HKT)

MAES Entrance Scholarship
Entrance Scholarship for the Master of Arts in English Studies

In 2018, the School of English established an Entrance Scholarship for students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme to recognise their outstanding achievements upon admission. The Scholarship shall be awarded to cohorts admitted from the academic year 2019-20 under the following regulations:

  1. There shall be two awards available annually to new students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme on the basis of academic merit and financial need upon admission. Out of the two awards, one shall be for a full-time student and the other for a part-time student.
  2. The value of each award shall be equivalent to 50% of the total value of an awardee’s total tuition fee.
  3. In any year when candidates are judged to be of insufficient merit, no awards shall be made.
  4. Awardees shall not receive any other scholarships concurrently from the University throughout their studies in the Master of Arts in English Studies programme.

[Download the application form here: docx / pdf ] Application deadline: March 29, 2019

Scholarship for the Master of Arts in English Studies

In 2018, the School of English established a Scholarship for students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme to recognise their outstanding achievements upon completion of the programme. The Scholarship shall be awarded to cohorts admitted from the academic year 2019-20 under the following regulations:

  1. There shall be two awards available annually to final-year students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme on the basis of academic merit upon completion of the programme. Out of the two awards, one shall be for a full-time student, and the other for a part-time student.
  2. The value of each award shall be equivalent to 50% of the total value of an awardee’s tuition fee.
  3. In any year when candidates are judged to be of insufficient merit, no awards shall be made.
  4. Awardees shall not receive any other scholarships concurrently from the University throughout their studies in the Master of Arts in English Studies programme.
Contact

For more information, please contact maesft@hku.hk.

Programme Directors

Dr. Haewon Hwang (Full-time Programme)
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
E-mail: maesft@hku.hk

Dr. Amanda Cheung (Part-time Programme)
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
E-mail: maespt@hku.hk