M.A. On Campus

English for the Professions

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

12 months
657 USD/credit 19710 USD/year
463 USD/credit 13890 USD/year
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The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of English in educational and professional contexts. The knowledge and skills students acquire in the programme enable them to become innovative and reflective professionals in a range of institutional settings.


Professional competence

1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principal language systems of English (sound, semantics, discourse and lexico-grammar) and their interrelatedness;

2. show an awareness of contextual variation in English across a range of modes, genres and settings;

3. demonstrate a profound understanding of how English functions in educational and professional contexts and communities;

4. demonstrate a deep understanding of advances in theory, research and practice in their chosen specialism;

5. apply a repertoire of methodologies, approaches and tools to analyse language and communication in settings relevant to their specialism;

6. plan, conduct and report on empirical research into issues and problems relating to the acquisition and use of English for educational and/or professional purposes;

7. show an advanced understanding and appreciation of a wide range of literary and imaginative texts and events;

Strategic thinking

8. work independently and collaboratively to analyse and resolve theoretical issues and practical problems relating to the use of English in their chosen specialism;

9. apply critical and creative thinking skills strategically in educational and workplace contexts; and

Lifelong learning

10. continue to engage in lifelong learning and professional development through inquiry and reflection on professional practices.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Practical Communication Strategies I
  • Practical Communication Strategies II
  • English as an International Language
  • Intercultural Communication in Business
  • Communication
  • Multimodality and Semiotic Studies
  • Aspects of English-speaking Cultures
  • Critical Language and Cultural Studies
  • Research Design and Methods

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits

Initial Registration Credits

  • 3 for local students
  • 5 for non-local students


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in an area of specialism, with English having been the medium of instruction; 
  • A minimum of two years of relevant post-qualification work experience;
  • A very high standard of competence in both written and spoken English;
    • Applicants are expected to meet ONE of the following requirements: 
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 96 or above for the Internet-based test, or 590 or above for the paper-based test;OR
    • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 for the listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 for the speaking and writing sections;OR 
    • A level of competence in English, as demonstrated by performance in the admission interview and written test set by the Department of English, which indicates that the applicant* is capable of studying successfully at the taught MA level. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 657 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    13890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 463 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • HK$3,600 per credit (for local students)
  • HK$5,100 per credit (for non-local students)

Living costs for Hong Kong

13720 - 23419 HKD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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