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English Language Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #91 (QS) ,
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:

  • Language Development and Use
  • English Literature and Language Arts
  • English as an International Language
  • Communication
  • Multimodality and Semiotic Studies
  • Popular Culture and English
  • Aspects of English-speaking Cultures
  • Intercultural Communication in Business
  • Research Design and Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any subject or the equivalent, with preference given to applicants who majored in English or a Communications-related field.
  • 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;
        • 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;
        • 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

        • International

          575 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 575 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
        • National

          409 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 409 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
        • HK$3,200 per credit for local students
        • HK$4,500 per credit for non-local students

        Living costs for Hong Kong

        • 13720 - 23420 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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