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Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes are accepted starting from 15 November 2017.

MA English Studies

文學碩士(英語語言)


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P40
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday evenings
Indicative Intake Target 80
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 Year; Part-time: 2 Years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2 Years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 Years
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Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
31 Mar 2018 (Local & Non-local)
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr Alice Chan
+852 3442 9752
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr Joanna Mansbridge
+852 3442 8536
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8870
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.



Programme Aims and Objectives

In the Master of Arts in English Studies programme, students will expand their knowledge of English language and develop a critical understanding of theory and research in English linguistics, literature, and culture. Students will analyze the role of languages in diverse sociocultural contexts and multilingual societies and become attentive to language variation in social and professional contexts. They will also have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of English language by engaging with key issues in literary and cultural studies. The programme's two streams work together to build a multifaceted knowledge of English language, which is a sought-after skill in many professional contexts. Upon completing the programme, students will be better prepared for English language teaching or for further academic study. The programme benefits from faculty with a range of international and regional research and teaching experience.


Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

Students will often hold a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification in English, TESL, Professional Communication, Education, or a related field. Students from disciplines related to Professional Communication, for example Business Communication, and also other disciplines, may additionally be considered from time to time.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill any one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

EITHER overall band 7 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): OR a score of 610 (paper-based test), or 102 (Internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Other evidence of English proficiency will not be accepted.

 


Course Description

(1) The General Track (no stream) offers a solid foundation in English studies for students interested in an English-related discipline. It prepares students for language-intensive careers requiring higher skills in English or for higher-level research degrees. The general track comprises 2 core courses and 8 electives if dissertation is not chosen as one of the electives or 7 electives if dissertation is chosen as one of the electives.

Table 1: Structure of MAES general track

Core courses (2)

   Language in Its Social Context

   Literature, Language and Culture

Elective courses (7/8)

   Approaches to Language Teaching

   Asian and Asian Diaspora Literature in English

   Critical Approaches to Literature

   Curriculum Design in Language Studies

   Discourse Analysis

   Discourse, Ideology and Power

   Dissertation

   English Phonetics and Phonology

   Genre Analysis of Specialized Discourse

   Grammar and Lexis

   Human Rights Literature and Culture

   Literature and the City

   New Literacies and Language Learning

   Postcolonial Literature and Culture

   Practical Teaching for TESL

   Research Methods in English Studies

   Second Language Acquisition

   Special Topics in English Studies

   Studies in Literature and Film

   Teaching Language, Literature, and Popular Culture

   Testing and Evaluation in Language Studies

   The Graphic Novel

   Travel Writing   

(2) The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) stream provides current or future teachers of English with a background in up-to-date methods of teaching English. Incorporating a suitable mix of theory and practice, this stream will qualify students to take up advanced positions in the English Language Teaching sector on completion of the programme, or will serve as a useful preparation to higher degree studies. The TESL stream comprises 2 core courses, 2 compulsory electives, and 6 other electives if dissertation is not chosen as one of those electives or 5 other electives if dissertation is chosen as one of those electives .

Table 2: Structure of TESL stream 

Core courses (2)

Language in Its Social Context

Literature, Language and Culture

Compulsory TESL courses (2)

Approaches to Language Teaching

Second Language Acquisition

Elective courses (5/6)

   Asian and Asian Diaspora Literature in English

   Critical Approaches to Literature

   Curriculum Design in Language Studies

   Discourse Analysis

   Discourse, Ideology and Power

   Dissertation

   English Phonetics and Phonology

   Genre Analysis of Specialized Discourse

   Grammar and Lexis

   Human Rights Literature and Culture

   Literature and the City

   New Literacies and Language Learning

   Postcolonial Literature and Culture

   Practical Teaching for TESL

   Research Methods in English Studies

   Special Topics in English Studies

   Studies in Literature and Film

   Teaching Language, Literature, and Popular Culture

   Testing and Evaluation in Language Studies

   The Graphic Novel

   Travel Writing   

(3) The Literature, Language and Culture (LLC) stream is designed for students who wish to explore and apply English language learning in a broad range of academic and professional contexts. It will provide students with the theoretical and practical tools they need to develop in the areas of literary and cultural studies. Students will investigate the national and transnational character of contemporary literary and cultural production; study a range of genres, theoretical schools, and periods; and have opportunities to conduct research and specialize in specific areas related to English studies. By analyzing the aesthetic aspects of literature, students will also be encouraged to apply creativity to the teaching and learning of English. The LLC stream comprises 2 core courses, 2 compulsory electives, and 6 other electives if dissertation is not chosen as one of those electives or 5 other electives if dissertation is chosen as one of those electives.

Table 3: Structure of LLC stream

Core courses (2)

Language in Its Social Context

Literature, Language and Culture

Compulsory LLC courses (2)

   Critical Approaches to Literature

   Postcolonial Literature and Culture

Elective courses (5/6)

   Approaches to Language Teaching

   Asian and Asian Diaspora Literature in English

   Curriculum Design in Language Studies

   Discourse Analysis

   Discourse, Ideology and Power

   Dissertation

   English Phonetics and Phonology

   Genre Analysis of Specialized Discourse

   Grammar and Lexis

   Human Rights Literature and Culture

   Literature and the City

   New Literacies and Language Learning

   Research Methods in English Studies

   Second Language Acquisition

   Special Topics in English Studies

   Studies in Literature and Film

   Teaching Language, Literature, and Popular Culture

   Testing and Evaluation in Language Studies

   The Graphic Novel

   Travel Writing