MALS is a programme jointly offered by the Department of English Language and Literature and the Language Centre at Hong Kong Baptist University under the Faculty of Arts. It has been run since 1992.
Master of Arts in Language Studies provides comprehensive knowledge about language and prepares students for special applications of linguistic analysis to problems arising from the students’ particular interests, careers and concerns. With a focus on different dimensions of language, it has prepared graduates for a range of jobs which require good language skills and for further studies in linguistics.
In order to fulfil the graduation requirements, students of the programme are required to take five core courses and either:
Two electives and a dissertation; or
Four electives (without a dissertation).
Classes will be delivered on weekdays, and/or weekday evenings, and/or Saturdays.
The programme is designed with built-in flexibility. Students may choose to do:
Part-time study over a period of two academic years;
Full-time study over a period of one and a half academic years (Dissertation Option); or
Full-time study over a period of one academic year (Non-dissertation Option).
With the approval of the Programme Director, students can request to extend their study period to a maximum of three part-time years.
Only the full-time mode is available for students from outside Hong Kong.
Applicants should possess:
a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or comparable institution; or
a qualification deemed to be equivalent.
Language Proficiency Requirement
Applicants are expected to have advanced competence in spoken and written English. A good knowledge of other languages (including Chinese) would be an added advantage. If English was not the medium of instruction in their first degree, applicants are required to provide evidence of good English proficiency. At least one of the following minimum scores or standards has been achieved: (i) IELTS (Academic): Overall Band at 6.5; or (ii) TOEFL: 79 (Internet-based); or (iii) CET-6 (College English Test band 6): 500; or (iv) Grade D in AS Use of English (HKALE); or (v) Level 4 in English Language (HKDSE).
The MA in Language Studies is a taught degree programme comprising part-time study over a normal period of two academic years, or full-time study over a normal period of one academic year (non-dissertation option) or one and half years (dissertation option). With the approval of the Programme Director, students can request to extend their study period to a maximum of three part-time years.
Students are required to take all the five required courses. In addition to the required courses, students may choose to take (1) two electives and a dissertation; or (2) four electives (without a dissertation) to fulfil the graduation requirements. Classes will be delivered on weekdays, and/or weekday evenings, and/or Saturdays.
Students who have satisfactorily completed all the above requirements and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above will be awarded an MA in Language Studies degree. To be awarded Distinction for the programme, students should attain a cumulative GPA of 3.67 or above, with no course grade below B- and no repeated courses. Students attaining a cumulative GPA between 3.40 and 3.66 will be awarded a merit. An Interim Award may be granted to those who have completed at least 21 units and attained a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above but have not completed the required units of the MALS programme within the normal study period for reasons deemed acceptable by the Programme Management Committee. Interim Award graduates could apply for continuing the study of the MALS programme within 5 years of graduation with exemption from taking courses with grade B- or above. Students intending to return and resume their studies, however, will be subject to the availability of the programme and should surrender their Interim Award upon their return. Students may also be required to take extra units if the programme structure has undergone subsequent changes.
The tuition fee for the entire programme is HK$99,900 for non-local students