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2022-24 Part-time

New announcement:

The MAES programme is pleased to offer various Fellowship and Scholarship opportunities to our new students for 2022-23:




Award Amount

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (New)

Full-time and part-time local students


The fellowship students are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of at least HK$42,100, which is the prevailing rate of the UGC-funded programmes. The differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 for each student regardless of the actual study period of the programme; and any remaining cost should still be covered by the students.

MAES Entrance Scholarship

Full-time and part-time local and international students

Decided by the MAES Committee each year on a case-by-case basis

Ranging from HK$20,000 to 50% of the total value of an awardee’s tuition fee

The Scholarship for Teachers

Full-time serving teachers in Hong Kong, who are permanent residents of Hong Kong

Decided by the Education Bureau each year



Please watch this video for an introduction to the MAES Programme and watch this video for Online Information Workshop on November 3, 2021 by MAES Programme Directors, Dr. Haewon Hwang and Dr. Agnes Kang and Postgraduate Advisor, Dr. Jessica Valdez.

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.


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.

HKU Calendar for the Academic Year 2022-23 (For Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Students)

Timetables of MAES for the students admitted in 2022-23
Core courses
ENGL6073   Introduction to Literature and Cross-Cultural Theory
ENGL7101   Introduction to Language and Communication

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

Seminar courses (Linguistics)
ENGL6075   The Politics of English
ENGL 7102   Global Englishes (to be confirmed in 2023-24)
Seminar courses (Literature)
ENGL6079   World Modernisms
ENGL 7104   Global Shakespeare (to be confirmed in 2023-24)
Final capstone course

Capstone Experience: Final Research Project (Group A: Literature, Group B: Linguistics)

(Please click here for award-winning creative projects from previous years.)

The introductory core courses will be held in the evenings, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 9 pm. Some elective courses will be offered in the evenings and others in the daytime and will run for 2-2.5 hours.

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, a creative project 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.

Please find the Regulations & Syllabuses 22-23 for your reference.

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) 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

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. Please note that if you are applying for a scholarship or a fellowship, an additional essay is required on the separate application form.

For the online reference, each applicant can provide information of at most 2 referees in the application form. Referee accounts will be created and referee invitation emails will be sent out to the referee the day after the applicant submits the application.

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

Programme fees

HKD$85,000 per annum, or HKD$170,000 over two years

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

 ***Once you have paid the initial deposit to secure your place on the programme, please note that it is NOT transferable to other MA Programmes at HKU or refundable in any way.***



Application deadlines

Round 1: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), December 3, 2021
Round 2: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 25, 2022
Round 3 extended deadline: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), July 29, 2022

Note: The earlier deadline for non-local students is to give enough time for the Immigration Department to process visas, if applicable.

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme for 2022-23 *NEW*


“Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme” is a pilot scheme for five cohorts to provide fellowships for local students pursuing designated taught postgraduate programmes in the eight University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities. The main objectives of the scheme are to attract more meritorious local students to pursue further studies in priority areas conducive to the development of Hong Kong, and to encourage universities to establish more innovative and multi-disciplinary programmes that are beneficial to society.

Number of fellowship

The MAES programme has been awarded 4 Fellowship places for the academic year 2022-23. Applications are open to both full-time and part-time local students.

Duration and amount of fellowship

The fellowship students are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of at least HK$42,100, which is the prevailing rate of the UGC-funded programmes. The differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 for each student regardless of the actual study period of the programme; and any remaining cost should still be covered by the students.

Fellowship holders who are unable to complete the MAES programme or fail to attain an expected level of performance may be required to refund the full amount of the fellowship award.

Application procedures

MAES applicants for the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme for 2022-23 are expected to demonstrate their strengths regarding the following areas, if applicable:

  • academic achievements;
  • professional qualifications;
  • relevant working experience and achievements in other areas;
  • how they can contribute to the priority areas of Hong Kong after completing the programme (see the priority areas under “List of eligible taught postgraduate programmes” section below).

Please apply here. (Application deadline: 12:00 noon (GMT +8) March 25, 2022)

Criteria for selection of fellowship recipients by universities

The scheme will adopt a merit-based approach in selecting the most outstanding students to pursue designated taught postgraduate programmes. The applicants are required to be admitted to the universities and submit their application to the universities with a proposal expounding on how they can contribute to the priority areas of Hong Kong after completing the programme concerned. Applications for the fellowships will be assessed by the universities based on a rigorous and holistic approach, subject to the following criteria:

  1. applications are open to local students of eligible programmes only;
  2. students awarded with other government scholarships for pursuing the same programme, including the Continuing Education Fund, will not be considered to avoid “double benefit”. Nevertheless, students provided with financial assistance in the form of loans from the Government (e.g. Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme under Student Finance Office) to settle the tuition fees for the TPg programme are still eligible to apply.
  3. both full-time and part-time local students of eligible programmes can apply for the fellowships; and
  4. the award of the fellowships will be based on merits taking into account the students’ academic achievements, professional qualifications, relevant working experience and achievements in other areas as well as the proposals submitted by the students with special attention to their personal statements on how they can contribute to the priority areas of Hong Kong after completing the programme.

On the basis of the above principles, each university may devise its own admission procedures and additional requirement for assessing the fellowships, and will assess the applications independently with its own admission procedure in which the UGC would not intervene under the principle of institutional autonomy.

List of eligible taught postgraduate programmes

The eligible taught postgraduate programmes should be directly related to one or more of the following seven priority areas in 2022/23 academic year:

  1. "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics);
  2. Healthy living and caring community;
  3. Sustainable city and regional development;
  4. Hong Kong's strategic position as a regional and international business centre;
  5. Emerging research;
  6. Creative industries; and
  7. Culture, heritage and humanities [This is the primary priority area of MAES].

For more information on the “Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme”, please visit the University Grants Committee’s official website.

Application deadline: 12:00 noon (GMT +8) March 25, 2022

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 achievement and financial need upon admission. The Scholarship shall be awarded to cohorts admitted from the academic year 2020-21 under the following revised regulations:

  1. The Scholarship shall be named as the “Entrance Scholarship for the Master of Arts in English Studies”.
  2. There shall be up to seven awards available annually to new full-time and part-time students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme, on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need, upon admission.
  3. The value of each award shall range from HK$20,000 to 50% of the total value of an awardee’s tuition fee. The exact number and values of awards shall be determined by the Selection Committee.
  4. In the event of there being no suitable applicant in any year, no awards shall be made.
  5. Awardees cannot 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 25, 2022

Education Bureau: Scholarship for Teachers
(Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes)

The Scholarship for Teachers (2022/23) for full-time HK teachers is subject to confirmation. Please visit the website here.


For more information, please contact (852) 3917-7278 or email to maespt@hku.hk.

Office address: Room 7.38, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Programme Directors

Dr. Otto Heim (Full-time programme) & Dr. Agnes Kang (Part-time programme)
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
E-mail for enquiries on full-time programme: maesft@hku.hk
E-mail for enquiries on part-time programme: maespt@hku.hk