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MA

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

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About English Studies at The University of Hong Kong

The Master of Arts in the field of English Studies (MA) 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 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.

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.

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
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For detailed information about the tuition fees for each individual programme, please visit the Tuition Fee and Payment page

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate:

a) shall comply with the General Regulations;

b) shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose;

c) shall satisfy any other admission requirements which may be prescribed from time to time for the relevant curriculum; and

d) 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 high degrees as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b).

An application for exemption from the above requirements shall be considered on a case by case basis.

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