MPhil in English


Programme Description

MPhil in English

Duration: 2 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

Contemporary English Studies is one exciting area of teaching and research. The Department of English offers a Honours Degree programme and a postgraduate programme in English Studies. Our departmental research interests include:

Language and Linguistics

  • Corpus linguistics

  • Critical discourse analysis

  • Discourse analysis

  • Discourses and popular culture mediated by technologies

  • Language and communication

  • Language and new media

  • Metaphor Studies

  • Sociolinguistics

  • Technology and language education

  • World Englishes

Literary Studies

  • American literature

  • American studies

  • Children’s literature

  • Contemporary fiction, drama and poetry

  • Critical theories

  • Cross-cultural studies of literature

  • Environmental humanities

  • Global literatures in English

  • Literatures of the Asian diaspora

  • Poetry and politics

  • Postcolonial theory and fiction

  • Semiotics

  • Tragic drama and discourse on tragedy

  • Translation studies

  • Transpacific literature

  • Travel writing

  • Twentieth-century US literature

Details of staff research and teaching expertise can be found on the departmental website:

The Department is deeply committed to Lingnan’s ethos of “student-centred learning” and “teaching the whole person”.For postgraduates, it offers

  • regular, attentive and highly supportive supervision

  • high-quality research support, with excellent library and computing facilities

  • vigorous and friendly discussions in seminars and informally

  • financial support to attend conferences and for archival research

  • research links with similar departments internationally

  • opportunities for undergraduate teaching

  • collegial relations with staff who welcome and value our postgraduates

Application for Admission

Applicants who are interested in seeking admission to the MPhil programme should apply to the University directly. Successful applicants will normally be provided with a Postgraduate Studentship with a monthly stipend of HK$17,140* (US$1 = HK$7.8).

(*rate for 2019-20, subject to annual review)

Application Period

The University invites applications from 1 November 2019 to 24 January 2020. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, subject to the availability of places.

General Admission Requirements

  1. An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of MPhil should normally:
    a. hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or
    b. have obtained an equivalent qualification; or
    c. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.
  2. In addition to the above, an applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are required to fulfil additional requirements, if any, set by the programmes to which they apply for admission.

    [Note: For IELTS and TOEFL qualifications for admission to 2020-21 intake and onwards, the University only accepts results that are within the validity period, viz. 2 years, from the time of submission of an admission application for the specific intake cohort.]

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Lingnan University is the liberal arts university in Hong Kong and we have the longest established tradition among the local institutions of higher education. Our history can be dated back to 1888, wh ... Read More

Lingnan University is the liberal arts university in Hong Kong and we have the longest established tradition among the local institutions of higher education. Our history can be dated back to 1888, when our forerunner, the Christian College in China, was founded in Guangzhou, and to 1967, when the institution, as Lingnan College, was re-established in Hong Kong. In 2015, Lingnan University was named as one of the “Top 10 Liberal Arts College in Asia” by Forbes. Read Less