BA English


Academic Year of Entry 2020/21
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1250A
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
(subject to change)
Direct Application Places (Local Students) :

7 for the Department of English

Advanced Standing II Places (Local Students only) : 70
Non-Local Students Places : Please click here for details.
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years (for Advanced Standing I); 2 years (for Advanced Standing II)
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Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Programme Leader
Dr Klaudia LEE
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8870

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BA in English: An Introduction


Our Target

The Department of English of City University of Hong Kong offers a wide range of courses and programmes in English studies, including English literature and linguistics, English for the business and corporate world, English for the creative professions, English in digital media, English language education, and English for Specific Purposes. Learning at one of the top English departments in the Greater China region1 is a valuable study opportunity. The Department of English has an international faculty with teachers from Britain, Canada, mainland China, Hong Kong S.A.R, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and the US.

The Department has an outstanding research and publications record and is a leading centre for English studies in Asia1. Courses are designed to be challenging, interesting and intellectually stimulating. English studies at City University is an exciting field of study as it connects to many other academic fields. Undergraduate courses in English studies may be combined with business studies, cultural and media studies, linguistics, and many other programmes across the University.

1According to Quacquarelli Symonds world ranking by subject 2018, the Department is ranked top 100 in English language and literature.

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Bachelor of Arts in English

The programme equips students with theoretical and practical knowledge in English language, literature, and professional communication. Our courses develop students’ ability to analyse critically the English language and its use in a variety of genres, modes, and media. Upon completion of the programme, students will have acquired the skills and attitudes essential for successful communication in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts.

As the programme focuses on developing students' skills in critical thinking and English-language communication, it prepares them 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 for admission to first-year studies (JS1104) through JUPAS.

Programme Structure

Students can choose between two streams: 1) Language and Literature, or 2) English and Professional Communication. The programme structure consists of programme core courses (required by both streams), core courses for each stream and electives.

Through the programme core subjects, students are introduced to a range of topics and academic areas including applied linguistics, literary studies, professional communication, discourse analysis, language and digital media, cultural studies and creative writing. The stream core subjects provide a more specific engagement with relevant skills and topics while the elective courses allow students to strengthen and develop their areas of interest.

All students will choose to do either a Research Final Year Project or a Professional English Final Year Project as the capstone experience of their university education.


For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the Programme of study for cohort 2019.

Global Outreach and Engagements

The programme adopts a global perspective on English and emphases the importance of intercultural knowledge, effective communication, and critical thinking. 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 global awareness and enhance their English communication skills within diverse settings.

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 is compulsory for all students and 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. Previous host organisations include 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.



BA English is a qualification recognised for exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) (English Language). For details, please visit EDB Website.