Master of Arts in English Studies 2017-2019 (MAES)

Programme focus

The MA in English Studies offers candidates the opportunity to explore recent developments in the study of literature, culture and socio-linguistics. English literature and language, once considered rooted in, and expressive of, mono-cultures centred in Britain (North America, Australia, etc.), must now speak across national boundaries and express transnational cultures. The ‘English-speaking world’ is a problematic term as English is stretched across diverse cultures and sub-cultures emerging from postcoloniality, diaspora, globalization and new cosmopolitanism. Categories such as World English and World Literature are problematic, but the worldliness of English language and literature must be addressed.

Hong Kong’s unique historical and geo-political situation is exploited as a way of seeing into this diversity, with each course unit designed to give students the opportunity to reflect on cultural theory and practice from a Hong Kong perspective.


Designed for …

education professionals, researchers, and those seeking academic careers or intellectual challenge.
Formal qualifications: an IELTS score of 7 or higher and BA honours degree in English or a cognate discipline. Other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Candidates might be asked to attend an entrance examination and interview.


Semester dates

1. 1, September 2017 to 30, November 2017
2. 15, January 2018 to 28, April 2018
3. September 2018 to December 2018
4. January 2019 to July 2019

HKU Calendar for the Academic Year 2018-19 (For Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Students)


Semester 1:

Mondays 18:30-20:30, Room CPD-2.14, Centennial Campus
ENGL6073 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Theory (Professor J. Kuehn)
** The first class will be on 4th September 2017.

Wednesday 18:30-20:30, Room CPD-2.14, Centennial Campus
ENGL7101 Introduction to Language & Communication (Dr J. Orman)
** The first class will be on 6th September 2017.

Semester 2:

Mondays 18:30-20:30, Room CPD-LG.18, Centennial Campus
ENGL6079 World Modernism (Dr H. Hwang)

Wednesday 18:30-20:30, Room CPD-2.45, Centennial Campus
ENGL6075 The Politics of English (Dr J. Leung)

Semester 3:

Mondays 18:30-20:30, Room CRT-7.58, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
ENGL6081 Global Fictions (Dr Frederick Blumberg)
** The first class will be on 10th September 2018 due to the MA Party, which is scheduled for the 3rd September 2018 at CPD-LG.10, Centennial Campus.

Wednesday 18:30-20:30, Room CRT-7.58, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
ENGL6056 Cultural Semiotics (Dr. Kenneth Kong)
** The first class will be on 5th September 2018.

Semester 4:
This is when you plan, research and write your dissertation. We will help you plan your dissertation, and you will be allocated an advisor when you have submitted a title and outline proposal.



For more information, please contact


Programme Directors

Dr. Amanda Cheung
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 3917 4475
Fax: (852) 2559 7139

Dr. Haewon Hwang
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 3917 2290
Fax: (852) 2559 7139


Last updated: 28 August 2018