English Studies

The University of Hong Kong

M.A. On Campus
12 months
25161 USD/year
17290 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Master of Arts in the field of English Studies (MA) at The University of Hong Kong offers candidates with a good grounding in English Studies the opportunity to participate in an innovative programme that explores latest developments in literary, cultural and linguistic theory. 


The curriculum has a cross-cultural focus designed to take advantage of Hong Kong's historical, geographical and political position. Each course considers different theories, languages and literatures of cross-cultural exchange, especially with respect to East-West and post-colonial thinking. 

The programme in English Studies at The University of Hong Kong includes courses in Cross-cultural Theory, Language and Communication, Global Fictions, Post-Colonial Representations, Travel Writing and Culture, World Modernism, The Politics of English, Cultural Semiotics, New Media and Discourse and Global Englishes.

The main prerequisite for this programme is a solid background at UG level in writing critical essays on language and literature. Much of the theory will be new and the programme will begin at the beginning and assume no prior knowledge of it. However, reading in some of the theories used in the programme, such as theories of language and communication, semiotic theories, Orientalism, post-colonial theory, theories of globalisation and cross-cultural theory, is recommended as preparation.

Programme Structure

  • 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.
  • In addition to regular classes, candidates will be required to complete a capstone course in their final semester that will culminate in a final creative project to be presented at a conference to the academic and wider community.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good Bachelor's degree with a major in English or a closely related subject from a recognised university.
  • Applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a writing sample in English.
  • An interview may be used to ascertain the most suitable candidates.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25161 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25161 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    17290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17290 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • Locals: HKD$134,000 per annum
  • Non-locals: HKD$195,000 per annum


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English Studies
The University of Hong Kong


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