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Structure of the Programme

MALCS is a taught degree programme available in full-time (1-year) and part-time (2-year) modes. It is designed for students interested in professions requiring a broad-based knowledge of literary and comparative studies in both local and global contexts. The MALCS will be foundational for students intending to pursue PhD studies in literary and comparative studies. As a terminal degree, it will also greatly assist secondary and other school teachers in preparation for teaching the Use of English and/or Liberal Studies curricula—including globalization modules—conducted in the English medium and for teaching literary texts written in English.

In order to complete the degree, students are required to take 5 core courses in addition to (1) any 4 electives; or (2) any 3 electives and, upon successful application to the Programme Management Committee, a three-unit Master’s Project equivalent to a publishable, refereed journal article.

Students who have satisfactorily completed a total of 27 units and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Literary and Comparative Studies. An exit award (the Postgraduate Diploma in Literary and Comparative Studies) may be awarded to those who have completed at least 18 units and attained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

Required Courses


15 units

ENG 7310

Literary Theory

3 units

ENG 7320

Global Modernisms

3 units

ENG 7330

Graduate Research Seminar

3 units

ENG 7340

World Literatures in Modern Times

3 units

ENG 7350

Comparative Literature and Arts

3 units

Elective Courses


9 – 12 units

The Programme offers students an interesting array of elective courses suiting different research foci and interests.

Capstone Project

3 units

MA Thesis (optional)

3 units

Students wishing to enroll in the MA Thesis must obtain satisfactory grades in the Graduate Research Seminar and submit a detailed research prospectus for the proposed project to the MALCS PMC. The MA Thesis is an independent study, equivalent to an elective course taken during the second semester for full-time students and during the fourth semester for part-time students. Successful completion of the MA Thesis will result in a publishable, extended research essay.

Tuition Fees

HKD115,000 in two instalments for full-time local students and four instalments for part-time local students.
HKD126,950 in two instalments for full-time non-local students.

Application Deadline

5 June 2024 (non-local)
24 July 2024 (local)

How to Apply

Please visit HKBU Academic Registry website (

Graduate School (Prospectus)