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2023-24 Full-time

New announcement:

The MAES programme is pleased to offer various Fellowship and Scholarship opportunities to our new students for 2023-24:

Name

Eligibility

Places

Award Amount

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

Full-time and part-time local students

4

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

The exact award number and values of awards shall be determined by the Selection Committee, based on funding availability.

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 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 be offered every year.

Elective courses (Linguistics)
Elective courses (Literature)
Final capstone course
COURSE CODE   PROGRAMME
ENGL7998  

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 full-time MAES programme is an intensive one-year course that runs over two semesters. In Semester 1, student will take two introductory courses, as well as two elective courses in Linguistics and/or Literature. In Semester 2, students will have the option of specialising in either the Linguistics or Literature stream and can choose two more electives from above, depending on their area of interest. In addition, the students will develop a final research project in the capstone course in the second semester, culminating in a paper, a creative project and a presentation at a conference.

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.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the programme, a candidate shall satisfy both the University Admission Requirements and the Programme Specific Requirements as listed below:

(a) shall hold

  1. a good Bachelor’s degree of this University; or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; and
  2. a good 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 set its minimum requirements with regard to TOEFL and IELTS as follows:

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

Note: Only TOEFL/IELTS scores recorded in the two years before the date of application are considered.

(c) shall satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required.

In addition, a personal statement, an academic 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$198,000 per annum (provisional)

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

Please apply here.

Student Visa

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

Deadlines for application

Round 1: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), December 2, 2022
Round 2: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 24, 2023


Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme for 2023-24

Background

“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 2023-24. 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 2023-24 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).

[Download the application form here: docx ] (Application deadline: 12:00 noon (GMT +8) March 24, 2023)

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 any 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.

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 24, 2023

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 awarded annually to new full-time and part-time students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme, on the basis of academic merit, upon admission. Preference shall be given to the students who are not holding any scholarships and students with financial need.
  2. The exact award number and values of awards shall be determined by the Selection Committee, based on funding availability. In any event, the value of each scholarship shall be not less than HK$10,000.
  3. In the event of there being no suitable applicant in any year, no awards shall be made.
  4. MAES applicants who would like to apply for the Entrance Scholarship shall submit a separate application by completing an application form (available at: https://english.hku.hk/Postgraduate/MAES) and send it back to the School Office (email: katiew@hku.hk) by March 24, 2023.

[Download the application form here: docx ] (Application deadline: 12:00 noon (GMT +8) March 24, 2023)



Contact

For more information, please contact (852) 3917-7282 or email to maesft@hku.hk

MAES 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