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(1) Admission

1When does the admission period begin?
The admission period for this program will begin in November 2023. The application deadline will be in May 2024. Students will start their studies in September 2024.
2When will the admission results to be announced?
Successful applicants will be informed before July each year.
3I only hold a bachelor's degree from a non-local university, am I eligible to apply for this postgraduate program?
Yes, holding a bachelor's degree with second-class honors or above (or an equivalent qualification) makes you eligible to apply for the program. For detailed entry requirements and required documents, you may refer to the information provided here.
4The university I graduated from does not include an honors degree in its grading system, will this affect my application?
No, it won't. Although this program requires students to hold at least a bachelor's degree with second-class honors. If your university does not adopt this grading system, the requirement for second-class honors will not apply to you.
5My bachelor's degree is not in literature or a related field. Do I still have a chance of being admitted?
This program welcomes individuals who are passionate about writing and culture and who fulfil the admission requirements. Even if your bachelor's degree is not in literature or a related field, you have the opportunity for admission.
6If my native language is English, can I fulfill the English language requirement without providing documentation?
According to the current admission requirements, you still need to submit your English proficiency test scores. For detailed language test requirements, you may refer to the information provided here.
7Are TOEFL iBT Home Edition Scores Recognized?
TOEFL iBT Home Edition Scores are not recognized currently.
8If I haven't received my TOEFL, IELTS, or other official exam scores, can I apply for the program first and submit the result later?
Yes. You may apply for the program first and submit your scores later. When submitting your application form, please indicate the date you will be able to provide the scores.
9If my native language is Chinese, may I fulfill the Chinese language requirement without providing documentation?
According to the current admission requirements, you still need to submit the specified Chinese public exam scores, or pass the Chinese language proficiency test conducted by the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. For detailed language exam requirements, you can refer to the information provided here.
10Besides the 12 to 15-page writing sample and a 1-page master's research/creative project proposal in Chinese or English, do I need to provide additional materials such as a self-introduction, portfolio, resume, or recommendation letters in the application?
Besides the writing sample and the master's research/creative project proposal, other materials such as self-introduction, portfolio, resume, or recommendation letters are not mandatory. However, you may submit additional materials through the application system if you wish.
11Is there any specific format that I should follow in writing this proposal?
In the proposal, you should: • provide a brief description of the project, including title, background, objectives, methodologies, etc. • propose a traditional research project that is related to creative writing, or a creative project which explores topics in the form of short story, poetry, creative non-fiction or mixed genre. • state clearly the language you choose (English or Chinese) for the project.
12If I have an idea for my Master Project that differs from what I originally proposed, may I pursue it?
Yes, you may modify your proposal and find new directions for your project with the guidance of your project advisor after the initial proposal.
13If I submit an English research proposal during the application, may I change to write the Project in Chinese later – or vice versa?
Yes, it is possible. The research proposal submitted during the application is not final. After your admission, we will confirm with you the language you wish to use for your project. Based on the language preference and thesis topic, you will be assigned to a specific thesis supervisor. Once you have been assigned an advisor, however, you may not change the language choice.
14Can I pursue two master's degree programs simultaneously? Will I lose eligibility for your program if I am concurrently enrolled in another master's degree program?
Hong Kong Baptist University does not limit the number of master's degree programs a student can concurrently pursue. As long as you can effectively manage your schedule and class attendance, you are allowed to enroll in two master's degree programs at the same time.
15I am a citizen of the People's Republic of China. If I am admitted, do I need to apply for a student visa?
Yes, you will need to apply for a student visa whether you are admitted as a full-time or part-time student. After submitting the reservation fee, you will receive an email by the University on applying student visa, about one week after you have settled the admission confirmation fee. As the Immigration Department of Hong Kong normally takes at least two months to process a visa application, you should complete your visa application via the University Student Visa Application System as early as possible to ensure a smooth application process. Please carefully read the instructions and required documents.

(2) Studying

1What is the difference between full-time study and part-time study? Are they different in terms of certification?
Both full-time and part-time require the same number of units and receive the same certificate. The only difference is that the study mode will be stated on the academic transcript. Students are able to choose daytime studying mode if they can manage their time. However, full-time students are required to attend some classes in the evening. Further, full-time students must finish their master’s projects in one year, while part-time students are allowed two years for completion.
2What is the tuition fee for each semester?
Upon admission, students are required to pay an admission confirmation fee of HK$300 and the first installment of the tuition fee. For the tuition fee of each semester, you may refer to the table below:

Full-time Mode

1st installment 2nd installment Total
Local (full-time) 85,000 85,000 170,000
Non-local (full-time) 89,600 89,600 179,200

Part-time Mode

1st installment 2nd installment 3rd installment 4th installment Total
Local (part-time) 42,500 42,500 42,500 42,500 170,000
Non-local (part-time) 44,800 44,800 44,800 44,800 179,200
3When is the deadline for the first installment of tuition fee? And what are the payment methods?
Following the specific payment methods provided by the Graduate School, applicants are required to complete payment within two weeks from the date of the issuance of the offer letter. The deadline and amount for the first installment will be stated in the offer letter. Once the tuition fee is paid, the application will be considered successful.
4Are the full-time and part-time teaching modes arranged differently?
Yes. In general, class time is arranged for weekday evenings and daytime on weekends. Please refer to the Course Structure for the recommended study plans.
5Can I transfer credit from courses taken in a postgraduate program at another university?
Yes, on the approval of the admission panel, a student may transfer credit from a recognized institution no more than eight years before the date of commencement of your studies. Note that the maximum number of credits that can be transferred is 50% of the total credits required. You may also refer to the “Exemption and Transfer of Units” section of the Hong Kong Baptist University Graduate School website
6Who will teach the MA programme?
The programme will be taught by both full-time and part-time teaching staff of HKBU’s Department of Humanities and Creative Writing. These are comprised of acclaimed authors, cultural professionals (e.g. lyrcists, playwrights, cultural and literal magazine editors, professional authors etc.) and scholars. The full-time staff comprise Hong Kong novelists Dr. TONG Yui, Dr. Dorothy TSE, Australian author Dr. Patrick Holland, and American poet Mr. James Shea, and scholar of queer studies Dr. CHONG Gladys Pak Lei. For more details, you may refer to the information provided here.
7Will this course provide opportunities for overseas internships/exchanges?
Currently, the course does not offer opportunities for overseas exchanges or internships. However, students may choose to take the course "Practicum in Literary Publishing," where they may participate in local cultural/literary magazine publishing under the guidance of a tutor. Additionally, we encourage students in this program to participate in the International Writers' Workshop (IWW) and Chinese Writers' Workshop (CWW), both organized by Hong Kong Baptist University, where they may engage in exchanges with writers from different regions without the need to go abroad.
8Is this MA progamme in the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (TPgFS)?
Our programme is currently not in the Fellowship Scheme, but we are in the process of making such arrangements with our University.
9When will students in this course graduate?
Full-time students can complete the program within one year, while part-time students will require two years. Full-time students who are admitted in September will graduate in July of the following year, and the official graduation certificate will be issued by Hong Kong Baptist University. For more detailed information, please refer to the Graduate School's webpage.