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 and Global Fictions.

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.

Evening lectures and seminars on Mondays and Wednesdays

Extended deadline for second batch of applications: 12:00nn (HKT), July 31, 2018

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.

Core courses:
ENGL 6073 Introduction to Literature and Cross-Cultural Theory
ENGL 7101 Introduction to Language and Communication

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

Seminar courses (Linguistics):
ENGL 6075 The Politics of English
ENGL 7102 Global Englishes

Seminar courses (Literature):
ENGL 6079 World Modernism
ENGL 6081 Global Fictions

Final capstone course:
ENGL 7998 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). Students will follow a fixed curriculum with half of their courses in Linguistics and half in Literature, offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

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

Semester One : 3 September to 22 December 2018
Semester Two: 14 January to 25 May 2019


Application and Fee

Designed for:
Education professionals, researchers, and those seeking academic careers or intellectual challenge.

Entrance requirements:
IELTS score of 7 or higher and BA honours degree in English or a cognate discipline from a recognized university.

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$55,000 per annum (or HKD$110,000 over two years) (provisional)
Non-locals: HKD$68,500 per annum (or HKD$137,000 over two years) (provisional)

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

Please visit here for online application.


Master of Arts in English Studies 2018-2020 (MAES) is now accepting a second batch of applications.

Application deadline:
First batch of applications: 30 April, 2018 
Second batch of applications: 31 July, 2018 (12nn, HKT)



For more information, please contact maespt@hku.hk.


Programme Directors

Dr. Amanda Cheung
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 3917 4475
Fax: (852) 2559 7139
E-mail: amanche@hku.hk

Dr. Haewon Hwang
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 3917 2290
Fax: (852) 2559 7139
E-mail: haewonh@hku.hk


Last updated: 5 July 2018