Abbreviation FT / PT

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, Cultural Semiotics, Travel Writing, World Modernism, The Politics of English, Global Fictions and an Introduction to Language and Communication.

The main prerequisite for this programme is a solid background at BA 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.

In addition to regular classes, students are expected to spend at least 3.5 hours a week on reading and preparation. Candidates will be required to pass a take-home final examination after completion of the third semester. In the fourth semester, students produce a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor.

Mode of Attendance

Part Time (two years, with lectures and seminars usually on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6:30pm and 8:30pm)

Medium of Instruction
Programme Entrance Requirements

1. A Bachelor's degree with good honours with a major in English or a closely related subject from a recognised university.

2. An entrance examination and interview may be used to ascertain the most suitable candidates.

Programme Admissions Advisor
Dr AM Pablé
Tel: 3917 2750
Fax: 2559 7139

Tel: 3917 2749