BA English Studies

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1250
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years (for Advanced Standing I); 2 years (for Advanced Standing II)
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Programme Leader
Dr Brian King
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General Enquiries
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Our Target

The Department of English at City University of Hong Kong is an international leader in research on English in Asia. Equally important, the Department is committed to providing an innovative undergraduate programme that prepares students for professional careers. The Department is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most creative and dynamic English departments in the Asia-Pacific region. The Department has an international faculty, with teachers from Australia, Britain, China, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2016 ranked the Department in the top 100 for English Language and Literature.

Did You Know?

Bachelor of Arts in English Studies (BAELST)

The BAELST programme offers a unique approach to the study of English as used in professional and cultural contexts. The programme trains students to be practical, innovative, and creative users of the English language in multilingual and multicultural workplaces. The programme combines a strong foundation in English language studies with a practical orientation towards English use in the corporate world and the creative professions. The programme focuses on developing students' English-language communication competencies for a wide range of professions, including management and administration, editing and publishing, writing,  teaching,  public  relations, advertising, entertainment and the arts.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following major-specific entrance requirements:

level 5 or above in HKDSE English Language
grade C or above in GCEAL/IAL English Literature
grade B or above in GCEOL/GCSE English Language
score of 610 (paper-based test); or 253 (computer-based test) or 102 (internet-based test) in Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
overall band score of 7 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
other strong evidence of English proficiency

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree / Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award.

HKDSE students will apply through JUPAS. They will be considered for direct admission to this major (JS1104, first-year studies). For details, click here.


Programme Structure

Students can choose either the Corporate and Professional Communication stream or the English for the Creative Professions stream. The programme structure consists of a programme core (required by both streams), a core for each stream and electives.

The programme core includes courses such as cultural studies, creative writing, digital communication, literary studies, discourse, and applied linguistics. The core courses in the English for Corporate and Professional Communication stream focus on English as a global language, corporate communication, writing for public relations and advertising writing and language for teaching and corporate training. The core courses in the English for the Creative Professions stream focus on English in the literary arts, creative writing, publishing, entertainment, advertising and other creative professions.  Elective courses allow students to strengthen their areas of interest.


For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the Undergraduate Catalogue. (Note: The catalogue for the 2016 cohort is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

Global Outreach and Engagements

The programme adopts a global perspective on professional communication, emphasising the importance of intercultural knowledge and understanding.   All students take part in at least one overseas learning experience (e.g. English language immersion, student exchange, study tour, or overseas internship) to improve their awareness of intercultural communication and enhance their English communication skills.

Business Community Outreach and Attachments

The programme provides students with hands-on workplace experience of using English and communication skills in real-world corporate and creative settings. The internship course (Professional Internship or Creative Internship) is compulsory for all students. The internship and workplace attachment is designed to provide students with a chance to apply the theories and skills they have learnt in the classroom to real-world workplace situations. Host organisations have included: the equestrian events at the Beijing Olympic Games, Reader’s Digest, WorldVision, WWF (World Wide Fund), the Hong Kong Literary Festival, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd., SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the American Women's Association.