Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language and Literature

Programme Code


Year of Entry

Year 1

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2022

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local) (Subject to the University's annual review)

Credits Required for Graduation


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 cultures in English;
  • written and verbal communication skills;
  • critical thinking skills;
  • capacity for appreciating creative practices;
  • leadership skills and teamwork techniques;
  • interdisciplinary skills for greater ethical engagement; and
  • awareness of international values, perspectives, and knowledge, including overseas study and work experience in discipline-related industries and careers.

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 Chinese Language and Literature; Religion, Philosophy and Ethics; or Translation) as well as accessible and portable Minor programmes.

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 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, a foreign language 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 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 overseas academic exchange, 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 with a creative, imaginative and positive outlook; 
  • 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% of our annual 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.