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Programme Code

Full time: 71024 - MPF

 

Part-time: 71024 - MPP

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Aims of the Programme

This credit-based programme, offered by the Department of English, is intended for professionals of all disciplines who wish to upgrade their qualifications in English for professional contexts. It is designed primarily for middle-level managerial staff who need to demonstrate a high level of communicative competence in English in situations relevant to their personal needs. The Programme will enable students to communicate effectively, appropriately and confidently in managerial tasks requiring a high level of English.

The aim of the Programme is to equip graduates with an understanding of the concepts and skills that underlie the use of English in professional contexts. These include:

  • develop and demonstrate an awareness of how communication functions in organisations;
  • improve understanding of the principal language systems of English to be able to monitor their own and others’ work-related language use;
  • develop and demonstrate an effective repertoire of practical communication strategies in order to approach demanding managerial tasks with confidence;
  • develop and demonstrate the research skills necessary to undertake a substantial study of communication within own organisation with a view to enhancing that communication;
  • further demonstrate professional competence and leadership through the critical application of professional communicative competence;
  • apply critical and creative thinking skills strategically in professional communication contexts;
  • think holistically and analytically in dealing with complex professional communication problems and situations;
  • enhance lifelong learning capability through inquiry and reflection on professional communication practice in both local and global contexts.

 
Programme Content

Stage 1

  • ENGL561Practical Communication Strategies I*

  • ENGL560 Analysis of Contemporary English I (phonology and lexical studies) *

  • ENGL563 Analysis of Contemporary English II (grammar) *

Stage 2

  • ENGL564 Practical Communication Strategies II*

  • ENGL510 Analysis of Contemporary English III (discourse and pragmatics) **

  • One elective subject **

Stage 3

  • ENGL511 English as an International Language

  • One elective subject or ENGL518 Research Design and Methods

Stage 4

  • Two elective subjects or ENGL580 Research Project

Elective subjects (Students choose 4 from the electives list)

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at http://www.engl.polyu.edu.hk/subjectlist1617.php .

Students who take Research Design & Methods and undertake a Research Project take only 1 Elective Subject at Stage 2. All subjects are for 3 credits except for the Research Project, which is worth 6 credits. Students may take Research Design & Methods as an Elective Subject only.

The completion of 12 credits (indicated with a single asterisk "*") is the requirement for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate, and the completion of a further 6 credits (indicated with a double asterisk "**") is the requirement for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of 30 credits is required for the award of a Master of Arts.


Programme Structure

  • Full time mode: 1 year
    Students study 5 subjects (for a total of 15 credits) each semester. In Semester 1, they study 4 Compulsory and 1 Elective Subject, and they study 2 Compulsory and 3 Elective Subjects (or 1 Elective and a Research Project) in Semester 2.

  • Part time mode: 2 years 
    Students take 3 Compulsory Subjects in Semester 1, and 2 Compulsory Subjects and 1 Elective Subject in Semester 2 of their first year of studies. They then take 1 Compulsory Subject and 1 Elective Subject in Semester 1, and 2 Elective Subjects (or a Research Project) in Semester 2 of their second year. 

Classes take place on weekday evenings and/or Saturday afternoons. Students must attend at least 75% of the taught classes for Practical Communication Strategies I and II to obtain passing grades.

 
Award 

The completion of all of the taught subjects in Stages 1 to 4 leads to the award of a Master of Arts in English for the Professions. Students who exit the programme after the completion of 12 specified credits are eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in English for the Professions. Those who exit the programme after the completion of 18 specified credits are eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in English for the Professions.

 
Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in an area of specialism, with English having been the medium of instruction; 
  • A minimum of two years of relevant post-qualification work experience;
  • A very high standard of competence in both written and spoken English;

  • Applicants are expected to meet ONE of the following requirements:
     
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 96 or above for the Internet-based test, or 590 or above for the paper-based test;
    OR
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 for the listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 for the speaking and writing sections;
    OR 
  • A level of competence in English, as demonstrated by performance in the admission interview and written test set by the Department of English, which indicates that the applicant* is capable of studying successfully at the taught MA level. 
Notes: 
*This only applies to either native English speakers or non-native English applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a university using English as the medium of instruction (EMI). 

Non-native speakers or applicants without a Bachelor's degree from an EMI university still have to fulfil the University-wide minimum language requirements. Exceptional cases shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The programme is primarily intended for those with an undergraduate degree other than in English. However, applications are considered from a range of specialisms, including English. Candidates are expected to be in current full-time employment.

Direct entry to Stage 3 of the programme is possible for holders of a PgD in English for the Professions (with preference given to those with a Credit or Distinction.).


Application Period

The first round of applications for admission to the Programme commences in December for the intake in September. Subsequent rounds of application, if any, will be posted on the MAEP website.

The English competence of short-listed applicants will be appraised by test and interview to ensure that they can successfully follow a course at this level.


Enquiries

Dr. Aditi Bhatia (Tel. 2766-4382) or Ms Plosa Kwan (Tel. 2766 7643) in the Department of English.

*This programme is offered within the MA Scheme in Language Studies for the Professions

The programme is primarily intended for those with an undergraduate degree other than in English. However, applications are considered from a range of specialisms, including English. Candidates are expected to be in current full-time employment.