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, Global Fictions and Global Shakespeare.

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.

Please note that our MA is not an English as a Second Language or an English teaching programme. Although many of our students are English teachers or teachers-to-be, our focus is purely on literature and language as fields of critical enquiry, and the programme does not focus on pedagogical methods or improving language skills. Our programme assumes that you already have a strong foundation in reading and writing in English.​

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

Online Applications Open Now


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 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 Modernisms
ENGL 6081 Global Fictions/ENGL 7104 Global Shakespeare

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). You will follow a fixed curriculum with half of your courses in Linguistics and half in Literature, offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 18:30 – 20:30/ 21:00.

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

Please note you will be in a combined class with full-time MAES students. The class size will range from 30 – 90 students depending on the course.



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 Connie Kong at ckconnie@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$62,000 per annum, or HKD$124,000 over two years (provisional)
Non-locals: HKD$87,500 per annum, or HKD$175,000 over two years (provisional)

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

Online Applications Open Now

Application deadline:
Round 1: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), December 27, 2019
Round 2: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 27, 2020
Round 3: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), June 30, 2020



Education Bureau: Scholarship for Teachers
(Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes)

The Scholarship for Teachers (2020/21) is open for application from 18 May to 12 June 2020.

Website: http://www.edb.gov.hk/scholarship_teacher



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 achievements upon admission. The Scholarship shall be awarded to cohorts admitted in the academic year 2019-20, and from 2020-21 under the following updated regulations:         

  1. The Scholarship shall be named as the “Entrance Scholarship for the Master of Arts in English Studies”.
  2. There shall be
    1. two awards available annually to new students of the Master of Arts in English Studies programme on the basis of academic merit upon admission. Out of the two awards, one shall be for a full-time student and the other for a part-time student. The value of each award shall be equivalent to 50% of the total value of an awardee’s total tuition fee; and
    2. up to five awards available 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. The value of each award shall be HKD$20,000 (new, subject to the University’s approval).
  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 27, 2020




1. Do I need to ask the test centre to send my IELTS scores if I have already uploaded it on the online application?
Yes. The uploaded score will help us decide on your application quickly, but the official copy must arrive at our office to be verified before official letters of acceptances can be sent out. The official copy can arrive after the deadline.

2. What if my referees can’t/don’t want to post their references. Can they email them?
If you are an overseas applicant with overseas references, you can ask the referee to fill out the referee report available on our website, along with a reference letter on university official letterhead if possible and email the documents to Ms Connie Kong at ckconnie@hku.hk  from an official university email address. If you have a copy of their reference with a signature over the seal, you can post it yourself to our School address. This can be sent along with any other supporting documents.

3. Do I have to ask the university to send you an official transcript when I have uploaded a copy on the online platform? 
Yes. Please see question number 1, but all documents must be verified before official offers can be given, so please upload a copy and have the university send the official transcript as soon as possible. 

4. I do not have a background in English, can I apply? 
In the past, we have accepted a few students who did not major in English, but show a keen interest in literature and linguistics whether through their activities, internship, job or personal projects. We welcome diversity in our MA cohorts and encourage those who seek further education, career shift or improvement of their critical thinking skills to apply.

5. Can I write to you in Chinese?
Please note that this is the School of English, and the MA Programme is in English Studies. Many of the professors and staff do not speak or read Mandarin, so please contact us in English.

6. Can I check on the status of my references? My IELTS scores? My transcript?
While we understand that you want to make sure all of your paperwork is in order, we cannot check the status of every applicant, as we have a  great number of applicants on file. Please be sure to check with your referees and institutions to make sure they have submitted their paperwork. If a package has been ‘signed’ for, you can assume that we have received the documents. If there are any documents missing when we are going through your application, we will be in touch with you. 

7. Do you give conditional offers? 
Yes. If you are missing supporting documents but have a strong application, we will still send a conditional offer while we wait for the paperwork to come in. 

8. Do you give an examination or give interviews for your programme? 
At the moment, we do not give any examinations, but depending on the application, we may contact you for an interview. 

9. What if my referees are not from academic institutions?
If you have left university for awhile and cannot reach your professors, we will accept references from your immediate managers, but NOT co-workers or colleagues from your current job.

10. What are the career paths of your MA students?
Many of our MA students are teachers of English, and while some have returned to their schools, other students have gone on to publishing, journalism, public sector, law, financial services or further postgraduate studies. 

11. I have applied to your programme. When do I hear from you?
For those who met the first Dec deadline, you will hear from us by mid-January. If you do not hear from us, your application will automatically enter the March applicant pool, and you will hear from us in April.

12. What if I have received other offers? 
Please consider asking the other universities to hold your place until you hear from us. We will aim to get back to you as soon as we can.

13. How can I upload the documents in the online application system? I cannot find the button for uploading my supporting documents.
You need to settle the application fee first and then the application number will be generated for you.
Please login the system again by using your unique application number. Then you can upload your documents.
Also, note that the maximum file size for each uploaded document is 3 MB (in JPEG format), up to a total of 10 files.

14. I have input the wrong information / I would like to update or change the information / I forgot to input some information in the online application form. What can I do?
Sorry, but once you have submitted your online application, you cannot re-login to change anything, so please be sure to proofread all of your materials.
If you need to change/ add/ update any significant information or supporting document, please kindly contact Ms Connie Kong at ckconnie@hku.hk or (852) 3917 7278 as soon as possible.

15. I have many documents to upload, but the file size is limited. What should I do?
You are more than welcome to send the documents to our School by post.
Our correspondence: R7.35, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (MAES Application)
Attention: Ms Connie Kong

16. I have been accepted to your programme and have made my deposit, but I have changed my mind. Can I get a refund of my initial deposit?
Unfortunately, due to university policy, we CANNOT refund any payments made towards the deposit after you have agreed to join the programme. Please be sure of your decision before you return your acceptance form along with your deposit.



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



Programme Directors

Dr. Haewon Hwang (Full-time Programme)
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
E-mail: maesft@hku.hk

Dr. Amanda Cheung (Part-time Programme)
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
E-mail: maespt@hku.hk



Last updated: 27 March 2020