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Information for Current Research Postgraduate (RPG) Students
Introduction

Welcome to the School of English and what we are sure will be an exciting and challenging phase of your education and personal development. This page provides a summary of necessary and useful information to help your transition to graduate studies.

 

Practical guide

Please click here for details.

 

Coursework requirements and descriptions
Students admitted in the academic year 2021-22 and thereafter

There are three parts of coursework requirements:

Part I: Graduate School;

Part II: School of English;

Part III: Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education required by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (if applicable).

 

Part I: Graduate School’s Coursework Requirements

For MPhil and 4-year PhD students:

To complete 6 Modules offered by the Graduate School, with options to complete two ENGL equivalent replacement courses in lieu of Module 2 and/ or Module 3.

The School of English strongly encourages MPhil and PhD students to take the School’s courses (ENGL6070 and ENGL7011) in lieu of the Graduate School’s Modules whenever possible, as ENGL courses are more relevant to research in English Studies.

General rule on the completion of coursework:
By the end of the probationary period, all MPhil/ 4-year PhD students are required to complete all Graduate School Modules and at least 50% of the School courses required. Moreover, all coursework requirements must be completed before thesis submission.

For 3-year PhD students:

To complete Modules 4 and 5 offered by the Graduate School.

Graduate School

School of English

Module 1: GRSC6100 Doing Research @ HKU (2 hours)

 

Module 2: Introduction to Qualitative/ Quantitative Research Methods (3 hours)

  • Module 2a: GRSC6106 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (Humanities), or
  • Module 2b: GRSC6104 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Humanities)

Or take an equivalent replacement course in lieu of Module 2:

ENGL7011 Research Methods (6 credits)

Module 3: Introduction to Thesis Writing (3 hours)

  • Module 3a: GRSC6120 Introduction to Thesis Writing (Humanities), or
  • Module 3c: GRSC6140 Advanced Thesis Writing (Humanities)

Note: Some students are required to complete GRSC6027 Intensive English for Postgraduate Students as a prerequisite for enrolling in Module 3. Graduate School will inform those students individually.

Or take an equivalent replacement course in lieu of Module 3:

ENGL6070 Introduction to Thesis Writing in English Studies (6 credits)

Module 4: GRSC6101 Responsible Conduct of Research (3 hours)

 

Module 5: GRSC6102 Stream-based Responsible Conduct of Research (3 hours)

 

Module 6: Professional Development Training (PDT) (12 hours)

  • Module 6a: GRSC6108 Online Transferrable Skills Programme (12 hours), or           
  • Module 6b: GRSC6138 Transferrable Skills Retreat (12 hours)

 

 

Notes on course exemption:

  1. For Modules 2 to 5: Students who have successfully completed and passed a required course(s) or equivalent(s), either from HKU or a comparable institution, may apply for course exemption, subject to the Graduate School’s approval on a case-by-case basis.
  2. For Module 6: Students who have successfully completed and passed a required course(s) or equivalent(s), either from HKU or a comparable institution; or possessed full-time work experience for at least 6 months, may apply for course exemption on a case-by-case basis.

 

Part II: School of English’s Coursework Requirements

To complete 2 to 4 ENGL courses as follows:

Required course(s):

  1. ENGL6001 Research Seminar (6 credits)
  2. ENGL6070 Introduction to Thesis Writing in English Studies (6 credits; for students who wish to use this as an equivalent course in lieu of Module 3 offered by the Graduate School);
  3. ENGL7011 Research Methods (6 credits; for students who wish to use this as an equivalent course in lieu of Module 2 offered by the Graduate School)

Note: The School of English strongly encourages MPhil and PhD students to take the School’s courses (ENGL6070 and ENGL7011) in lieu of the Graduate School’s Modules whenever possible, as ENGL courses are more relevant to research in English Studies.

Elective course:

  1. To complete any one elective (E) course from the list below:
  1. An RPG course (6 credits): ENGL6003 Guided Reading Course, or ENGL6053 Special Topics in English Studies, or ENGL7114 How To Write (ENGL7144 only admits RPG Year 2 students), or
  2. A TPG course (6 credits) from the Master of Arts in English Studies (MAES) programme.

*Abbreviations:
C – Compulsory
R – Replacement course in lieu of the Graduate School’s compulsory Module
E – Elective

 

Course Code

Course Title

*C / R/ E

Pre-requisites

Course offered in 2021-22

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

RPG courses (Please click here for Course Descriptions)

ENGL6001

Research Seminar

C

Nil

Yes

Yes

ENGL6003

Guided Reading Course

E

Nil

Yes

Yes

ENGL6053

Special Topics in English Studies

E

Nil

Yes

Yes

ENGL6070

Introduction to Thesis Writing in English Studies

R

Nil

Yes

 

ENGL7011

Research Methods

R

Nil

Yes

Yes

ENGL7114

How To Write

E

Nil

Yes

 

MAES courses (Please click here for Course Descriptions)

ENGL6056

Cultural Semiotics

E

Nil

 

ENGL6073

Introduction to Literature and Cross-cultural Theory

E

Nil

Yes

 

ENGL6075

The Politics of English

E

Nil

 

Yes

ENGL6079

World Modernisms

E

Nil

 

Yes

ENGL6080

Travel Writing and Culture

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL6081

Global Fictions

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL6083

Post-Colonial Representations

E

Nil

 

Yes

ENGL7101

Introduction to Language and Communication

E

Nil

Yes

 

ENGL7102

Global Englishes

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL7103

New Media and Discourse

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL7104

Global Shakespeare

E

Nil

Yes

 

ENGL7105

Intercultural Communication

E

Nil

Yes

 

ENGL7106

The Global History of English

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL7107

Race in America: The Novels of William Faulkner and Toni Morrison

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL7108

Imagining Asia

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL7109

Language Variation across Society and Speakers

E

Nil

 

Yes

ENGL7110

Gender, Discourse and Society

E

Nil

Yes

 

ENGL7111

Worlds of Discourse: Metaphor, Metonymy, and Interpretation

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL7112

Global Medieval Literatures

E

Nil

 

 

ENGL7113

The Cosmopolitan Stage in the Eighteenth Century

E

Nil

Yes

 

 

Part III: Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

All students, unless they have prior teaching experience, will also be required to take a mandatory course on teaching skills if they are to be deployed as teaching assistants. This course is taught by staff from the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL). Students may either take this course in the same semester when they are teaching concurrently, or before they take up teaching. For details, please visit HERE: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/certificate-courses/

 

Students admitted in the academic year 2020-21 and before

All registered MPhil and 4-year PhD students are required to take four compulsory courses offered by the Graduate School or their approved equivalents in the School of English (ENGL6070 Introduction to thesis writing in English studies and ENGL7011 Research methods). In addition, students will also be required to take one compulsory School of English course (ENGL6001 Research Seminar) and one School of English elective. Elective courses vary from year to year and current offerings can be found on the online course selection system.

3-year PhD students are only required to take GRSC6030 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Arts and Architecture) in addition to the School of English course requirements.

Graduate School courses

MPhil and 4-year PhD programme

 

  • Compulsory Course I

GRSC6020 Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)

OR

ENGL6070 Introduction to Thesis Writing in English

 

  • Compulsory Course II

GRSC6034 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)

OR

GRSC6036 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)

OR

GRSC6007 Applied Quantitative Research Methods (Prerequisite: Students who are able to provide documentary evidence that they possess basic knowledge in measurement and statistical concepts)

OR

ENGL7011 Research Methods

 

  • Compulsory Course III

GRSC6030 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Arts and Architecture)

 

  • Compulsory Course IV

GRSC6008 Transferable Skills

OR

GRSC6038  HKU Transferable Research Skills Course

OR

A 3 or 4-day residential Transferrable Research Skills course

 

The core courses (or their equivalents) must be passed by the end of the probationary period.

 

School of English courses

All MPhil, 3-year and 4-year PhD students are required to take one compulsory course (ENGL6001 Research Seminar) and one elective course from the School of English.

Please refer to the course list above.