The full-time taught Master's programme provides a unique opportunity to pursue in-depth studies in English Linguistics and Literature, taught by leading specialists in the field. Full-time students will also have the option of specialising in either the literature or linguistics stream, allowing them to gain more expertise in their chosen area of study. The programme will also include a new, exciting capstone experience that 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. 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 Modernisms and Global Fictions.

Our cross-cultural approach to English language and literature takes advantage of Hong Kong's historical, geographical and political background and discusses language and literature in relation to its position in the global world. Overseas students are welcome to apply for a student visa through the university.

For more information and application details, please contact maesft@hku.hk.


Online Applications Open Now

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 early May. This conference will be open to the academic and wider community. The total graduation requirement is 60 credits.

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

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

Elective courses (Linguistics):
ENGL 6056 Cultural Semiotics
ENGL 6075 The Politics of English
ENGL 7102 Global Englishes
ENGL 7103 New Media and Discourse

Elective courses (Literature):
ENGL 6079 World Modernism
ENGL 6080 Travel Writing and Culture
ENGL 6081 Global Fictions
ENGL 6083 Post-Colonial Representations

Final capstone course:
ENGL7998 Capstone Experience: Final Research Project

The introductory core courses will be held in the evenings, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Some elective courses will be offered in the evenings and others in the daytime.

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 and a presentation at a conference.  

Please find the Regulations & Syllabuses 18-19 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) 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 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.

Overseas referees will have the option of posting their references to our School or emailing a scanned copy of their reference, signed on university letterhead to Ms Anny Hui at annyhsw@hku.hk from a university email address. In addition to the letter, the referee must send the referee report that is available for download on the Faculty application website under ‘Supporting Documents’. Hong Kong referees should either post their references and report to the School, or the applicant can post them to us along with their supporting documents.

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$125,000 per annum (provisional)
Non-locals: HKD$175,000 per annum (provisional)

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

Application:
Online Applications Open Now

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

Deadline for application:
First batch of applications due: December 28, 2018, 12 noon (HKT)
Final deadline: March 29, 2019, 12 noon (HKT)

 

MAES Entrance Scholarship

Entrance Scholarship for the Master of Arts in English Studies (subject to the University’s approval)

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 achievements upon admission. The Scholarship shall be awarded to cohorts admitted from the academic year 2019-20 under the following regulations:

  1. There shall be two awards available annually to new students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme on the basis of academic merit and financial need upon admission. Out of the two awards, one shall be for a full-time student and the other for a part-time student.
  2. The value of each award shall be equivalent to 50% of the total value of an awardee’s total tuition fee.
  3. In any year when candidates are judged to be of insufficient merit, no awards shall be made.
  4. Awardees shall not 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 29, 2019

Scholarship for the Master of Arts in English Studies (subject to the University’s approval)

In 2018, the School of English established a Scholarship for students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme to recognise their outstanding achievements upon completion of the programme. The Scholarship shall be awarded to cohorts admitted from the academic year 2019-20 under the following regulations:

  1. There shall be two awards available annually to final-year students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme on the basis of academic merit upon completion of the programme. Out of the two awards, one shall be for a full-time student, and the other for a part-time student.
  2. The value of each award shall be equivalent to 50% of the total value of an awardee’s tuition fee.
  3. In any year when candidates are judged to be of insufficient merit, no awards shall be made.
  4. Awardees shall not receive any other scholarships concurrently from the University throughout their studies in the Master of Arts in English Studies programme.

 

Contact

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

 

Programme Directors

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

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


Last updated: 23 November 2018