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2019-21 Part-time

Our part-time taught Master's programme offers a unique opportunity to pursue in-depth studies in English Linguistics and Literature, combined with capstone courses for students to research and develop their own areas of interest. The new, exciting capstone experience 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, taught by leading specialists in the field. Along with introductory courses that provide foundational knowledge, Linguistics courses include Global Englishes, Cultural Semiotics, Politics of English. Literary courses include Travel Writing and Culture, World Modernism, Global Fictions and Global Shakespeare.

The programme has a cross-cultural focus on English Language and Literature. Taking advantage of Hong Kong's historical, geographical and political background, our courses consider language and literature in relation to Hong Kong's position in the global world.

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 maespt@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 seminar courses listed below will necessarily be offered every year.

Seminar courses (Linguistics)
Seminar courses (Literature)
COURSE CODE   PROGRAMME
ENGL6079   World Modernisms
ENGL 7104   Global Shakespeare
Final capstone course
COURSE CODE   PROGRAMME
ENGL7998   Capstone Experience: Final Research Project

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

The part-time MAES programme is offered over the course of two years (i.e., four semesters, 12 weeks each). You will follow a fixed curriculum with half of your courses in Linguistics and half in Literature, offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 18:30 – 20:30/ 21:00.

In Semester 1, you will take two introductory courses. In Semesters 2 and 3, you will take two seminar courses in each semester. In Semester 4, you will develop a final research project in the capstone course, culminating in a paper and a presentation at a conference.

Please note you will be in a combined class with full-time MAES students. The class size will range from 30 – 90 students depending on the course.

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: early May 2021 (exact date tbc)
Tentative Date for MAES Conference: mid May 2021 (exact date tbc)

HKU Calendar for the Academic Year 2019-20 (For Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Students)

Semester 1

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 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**

Semester 2

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

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

Semester 3

Tentative schedule:
ENGL7104 Global Shakespeare – details to be confirmed
ENGL7102 Global Englishes – details to be confirmed

Semester 4

You will take either one of the following:
ENGL7998A Capstone Experience, Literature – details to be confirmed
ENGL7998C Capstone Experience, Linguistics – details to be confirmed

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 Anny Hui at annyhsw@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$57,500 per annum, or HKD$115,000 over two years
Non-locals: HKD$75,000 per annum, or HKD$150,000 over two years

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

Application

Closed

Application deadline

First batch of applications due: December 28, 2018, 12 noon (HKT)
Extended deadline: June 28, 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 maespt@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