Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature

Programme Code

JS2023


Year of Entry

Year 1

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation

128

Programme Description

The Faculty of Arts will implement a hybrid admissions model starting from 2020 entry. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. The English Language and Literature Major programme offers excellent opportunities for students to develop their

  • disciplinary knowledge in language, literature, and culture in English;
  • written and verbal communication skills;
  • critical thinking skills;
  • capacity for appreciating creative practices;
  • leadership skills and teamwork techniques;
  • interdisciplinary skills and faculty for comparative, cross-cultural issues; and
  • awareness of international values, perspectives, and knowledge, including overseas study and work experience in discipline-related industries.
     

Unique Features

The Department of English Language and Literature offers students a variety of study routes in the form of Concentrations within the Major, a Double Major Programme (taught along with the Departments of Chinese Language and Literature, Religion and Philosophy, and the Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies) as well as accessible and portable Minor programmes found outside the Department entirely, whereby students may meet alternative career and study interests flexibly as when acquiring training in a foreign language, business and management, international journalism, or the cross-faculty Gender Studies Concentration.

Concentrations: Students can accumulate Major elective units concentrating their study on a focused area, namely, "Literary and Comparative Studies" or "Language and Communication Studies". Students may also choose a "flexible" concentration within the Major by accumulating sufficient units leading to a "General Studies" concentration.

Minor and Cross-faculty Concentrations: Students may likewise use their free elective units to develop a Minor in an area outside their Major programme. Depending on individual interests, students may choose any approved Minor programme on offer (such as creative writing, theatre studies, marketing, and journalism) as well as the cross-faculty Gender Studies Concentration.

Student Learning Experiences

In support of the "best student experience" targeted in the HKBU 2020 Institutional Strategic Plan, the Department encourages students to enroll in overseas study for one to two semesters. The Department urges students to maximize the opportunity of academic exchange experience, including learning about a new culture, improving their English language proficiency, and building and broadening their cross-cultural perspective. Students may also join summer internship and short-course overseas programmes organised by the Office of Student Affairs. Popular student placements have included work at Disneyland in Florida, the American Red Cross in Atlanta and Chicago, and other worthwhile destinations for overseas study and work in Europe, greater China, and North America.

Career Opportunities

The training offered by the English Major programme is both holistic and vigorous in the spirit of whole-person education, allowing our graduates

  • to cope with stress and life changes in a creative, imaginative and positive way; 
  • to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English at the workplace and in everyday life; 
  • to work comfortably as a team-member in intercultural and international settings; and
  • to apply acquired academic knowledge and skills in support of service-learning opportunities improving the life opportunities of the less fortunate.


As many as 10% annually of our BA graduates have secured postgraduate studentships at the MPhil and PhD level, in support of further training at some of the world's finest universities, including Cambridge University, Georgetown University, University College London, and SOAS University of London.

Other graduates have transitioned effectively into professional careers such as arts administration, legal studies, banking, business, civil service, journalism, public relations, marketing, translation, mass communication, teaching and tourism.

We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).

 

General Certificate of Education (GCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma & SAT

GCE: Grade E or above in three AL/ IAL subjects; or Grade E or above in two AL/ IAL subjects plus two Advanced Supplementary Level (ASL) subjects (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both the AL and ASL.) Applicants sitting the 2018 GCE examinations should submit their predicted grades to the University upon the application.

IB: IB Diploma. Applicants should request the IB organisation to send their scores to the University via internet (HKBU institution code: 000247). Applicants sitting the 2018 IB examinations should submit their predicted scores to the University upon the application.

SAT: Minimum score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in new SAT or 1,650 (out of 2,400) in old SAT (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing), and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8. Applicants should request the College Board to send scores to the University (HKBU institution code: 7904).

 

Other Overseas Qualifications by Region

Applicants who apply for admission on the basis of overseas qualifications should refer to particular region for details. Given the diversity of education systems around the world, the acceptable overseas qualifications listed may not cover every region.

The University normally expects applicants to have obtained 12-year pre-university years of schooling. School-leaving qualifications that are acceptable for admission to universities in other places may not necessarily be acceptable or sufficient for admission to the University.

 

English Language Requirements

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

Public examination results
Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
IELTS Academic Overall Band: 6.0
SAT Minimum score of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or
Minimum score of 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
ACT Minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading
GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language/ English Literature Grade C/ Grade 4
IGCSE First Language English Grade C/ Grade 4
IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B/ Grade 5
GCE AS or A-Level English Grade E
HKDSE English Language Level 3
HKALE Use of English Grade E
IB

Grade 4 in:
IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or
IB English B (Higher Level); or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)

OR

Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)

Others Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University