General Information
We aim to provide advanced training that enables MPhil and PhD students to build up their theoretical and applied knowledge of one or more of the areas related to English Studies – literature, cultural studies, linguistics, translation –  and acquire the skills and abilities necessary to conduct critical and original research in their field of specialisation. 
Research areas of the Department: 
- Literature: works from the Renaissance to the contemporary period in genres such as poetry, drama and the novel including science fiction, children’s literature and the literature of travel. 
- Cultural Studies: film/media history and theory, literature and film, environmental humanities, gender and feminism;
- Linguistics: Cognitive linguistics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis, comparative grammar studies,  and EAP;  
- Translation: corpus-based translation studies, empirical studies of translation, gender-based translation studies, and translation teaching. 
We place a special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and we welcome theses that explore the intersections of areas.  

The applicants should:

  • Possess a bachelor's or a master's degree in a relevant discipline; and
  • Have excellent command of spoken and written English (preferably an overall IELTS band score of 7.5 or above). 
Prof. Peter STOREY
  • Language Programme Evaluation
  • Language Testing
  • English Language Teaching Methodology
  • Corpus-based Data-driven Learning
  • Corpus Stylistics
Prof. King Fai TAM
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies
Dr. Rebekah BALE
  • Shakespearean Studies
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Adaptation studies
  • Post-colonial fiction
Dr. LAM Yeeman
  • Environmental Ethics and Culture
  • Ecocriticism 
Dr. Kacey LIU
  • Translation Criticism
  • Gender–based Translation studies
  • Study of Translation History from Gender Perspectives
  • Gender Studies
Dr. Michelle CHAN
  • Children’s Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Studies of Fantasy
  • Critical Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Media and Film Theory
Dr. Cherry LAM
  • Comparative Grammar Studies
  • Pragmatics and Conversation Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics and Language Variation
  • Minority Languages and Language Endangerment
Dr. Benjamin OLIN
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Experimental/Avant-Garde Film and Literature
  • Contemporary Art and Literature
  • Performance Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
Dr. WONG Man Ho Ivy
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Usage-based Approaches to Language Learning
  • Computer-assisted Grammar Instruction

Online Application

Click here to access the online application.

1. Please prepare the following supporting documents for upload in order to complete your application form:
     - A recent, color, passport-size photo (i.e., approximately 40mm (Width) x 50 mm (Height) and show full frontal face with clear facial features.)
     - A copy of your HKID Card or other identification document
     - Copies of certificates of academic/professional qualifications
     - A research proposal
     - A sample of writings (except MPhil / PhD in Psychology)
2. Applicants are required to pay an application fee of HK$200 by Credit Card (Visa or Master card) via the online payment system (a link will be sent to your email once the application form is submitted).
3. Official transcripts of your undergraduate and postgraduate studies should be directly sent to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing universities.
4. Confidential recommendations from each of your two academic referees should be sealed by the referees and posted directly to the University within 2 weeks from the date of submission of your application.
5. An official score report of IELTS on English proficiency should be directly sent by examination bodies.
6. Applicants from the Mainland have to register for online authentication from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) to verify their bachelor degree.
7. Incomplete application will NOT be considered.
8. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview by email one month after the closing of application.
9. If your application is unsuccessful, the form and all the supporting documents will be destroyed 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Paper Application

Click here to download the application form.

Your completed application should include following documents below:
i. a non-refundable application fee of HK$200 by crossed cheque (for local applicants) or a bank draft of $200 in Hong Kong dollars issued by a bank (for non-local applicants) made payable to “Hong Kong Shue Yan University” /「香港樹仁大學」with your name, identification document no. and contact phone no., written on the back* ;
ii. a completed application form with an affixed photo;
iii. a copy of your HKID card or your identification documents;
iv. copies of certificates of academic/professional qualifications† ;
v. official transcripts of all tertiary level studies directly sent by universities (Copies of transcripts issued by HKSYU are accepted);
vi. an official score report of IELTS on English proficiency directly sent by examination bodies;
vii. a statement of purpose;
viii. a research proposal;
ix. a sample of writing (except MPhil/PhD in Psychology).

Please submit the application and all supporting documents with the programme acronym indicated on the envelope by mail or in person to:

Graduate School,
Hong Kong Shue Yan University,
Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill,
North Point, Hong Kong

*Acknowledgement of receipt will be issued by post two weeks after your application is received. Returned cheque will be regarded as an incomplete application.
†Applicants from the Mainland have to register for online authentication from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) to verify their bachelor degree.

For enquiries

Tel: (852) 28067307

Contact Us

Head of Department: Prof. Peter Roland George STOREY
Interim Head of Department: Prof. Edward Zhisheng WEN

Programme Specific Enquiry:
Tel: (852) 2806 7307
Fax: (852) 2806 8044
Email Adress: