Master of Arts in Literary and Comparative Studies

Programme Director:  Dr KI, Magdalen

Taught exclusively in English, the Master of Arts in Literary and Comparative Studies (MALCS) is a taught degree based on coursework. Available in full-time (1-year) and part-time (2-year) study modes, the MALCS is designed for students interested in professions requiring a broad-based knowledge about 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 liberal studies curricula—including globalization modules—conducted in the English medium and when teaching literary texts in English.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Required Courses 15 units
II) Electives Courses 9 - 12 units
III) Master’s Project (optional) 3 units
    27 units


In order to fulfil graduation requirements, students are required to take all five required courses listed below. In addition to the required courses, students must take (1) any three electives and, upon successful application to the Programme Management Committee, an optional three-unit Master’s Project (equivalent to a publishable, refereed journal article); or (2) any four electives.

Students who have satisfactorily completed all unit requirements and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above will be awarded an MA in Literary and Comparative 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 Merit. An interim/exit award (in the form of a Postgraduate Diploma) may be given to those who have completed at least 18 units and attained a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above.

I. 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
II. Electives Courses 9 - 12 units
  ENG 7360 The Ecocritical Imagination 3 units
  ENG 7370 World Drama 3 units
  ENG 7380 21st Century Literature 3 units
  ENG 7390 Advanced Topic in Literary and Comparative Studies 3 units
  ENG 7400 Advanced Topic in Genre Studies 3 units
  ENG 7410 Advanced Topic in Critical Theory: Popular Cultural Studies 3 units
  ENG 7430 The Erotics of Humanism 3 units
  ENG 7440 Postcolonialism 3 units
  ENG 7740 Adaptation Studies and World Literature 3 units
  ENG 7750 Global Shakespeare 3 units
III. Master’s Project (optional) 3 units
  ENG 7420 Master's Project 3 units
  One extra elective course 3 units
    27 units
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