Department of English Language and Literature

The Department of English Language and Literature at Shue Yan hosts the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English, a programme which is unique in its curriculum design. The programme includes courses in four areas – literature, linguistics, translation and cultural studies. In its integration of these four streams the programme offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary explorations of the English language and its culture.
The programme encourages students to be creative in their exploration of knowledge spanning the visual arts, cinema, philosophy, ecology, the humanities, print culture and media culture. Students will explore and analyse a rich variety of cultural texts from Japanese manga and anime to video games, TV drama and films to contemporary and classic works of English Literature as well as Literature in English and creative non-fiction.

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This admissions information talk provides the 2024/25 undergraduate programmes of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. You can check the admission requirements of the programme(s), introduction of the department, and internship, exchange and other student/alumni activities.

Our Programmes

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Programme
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Programme

Programme Features

  • Fosters student’s critical and creative thinking as well as exploration of cultural heritages through critical analyses of English language and literatures in English
  • Strengthens students’ productive skills in written and spoken English
  • Provides students with broad educational exposure which encourages bilingual competence and multicultural sensitivity and development
  • Initiates students to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge in the hybrid, web-like and complex 21st century

Programme Curriculum*

  • Five Areas
    ・Literary Studies
    ・Cultural Studies
    ・English Skills
  • Science Fiction
  • Children’s Literature
  • Feminist Literature
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Gender and Translation

*For detailed curriculum, please refer to the departmental website.


  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Career Paths

Graduates of the programme are well equipped to teach subjects like English, English Literature or Liberal Studies. Graduates have also been hired as management trainees, interpreters, translators, editors or journalists. Apart from working in industry, the degree prepares them well for further study of literature, linguistics, cultural studies of translation in our own MPhil and PhD programmes at Shue Yan or in local and overseas graduate programmes.

Professional Recognition

This programme has been included in the list of “Language Education and Language Teacher Education and Qualifications”.  Graduates are exempted from the language proficiency requirement for English teachers.  Please refer to the website of the Education Bureau for details.

Entrance Scholarships and Financial Assistance

  • ES 3

NMTSS = Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme
SSSDP = Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors

Entrance Scholarship (ES)
ES 1 – iFREE Entrance Scholarship
ES 2 – Longbow Charity Foundation Entrance Scholarship
ES 3 – Entrance Scholarship for Non-Chinese Speaking Students

Year of Entry

  • Year 1
  • Year 2