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.  

In addition to the general MPhil/PhD admission requirements, applicants must also satisfy the programme-specific entrance requirements as follows:

  • Possess a bachelor's or a master's degree in a relevant discipline; and
  • Have excellent command of spoken and written English.

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. IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.
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.

For enquiries

Tel: (852) 28067307

Contact Us

Acting Head of Department: Dr. Rebekah BALE

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