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Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies

The degree of Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies (MALCS) is a postgraduate degree awarded for the satisfactory completion of the study in Literary and Cultural Studies offered by the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong

The MALCS programme introduces students to a wide range of theoretical, literary and filmic texts, exploring historical and contemporary issues within modernity and globalization. An interdisciplinary approach will be adopted in the programme; all our courses are largely shaped by critical and cultural theory, and look at texts, for example film and literature, through the perspectives of post-structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism, and Marxism and post-colonial criticism. At the end of their coursework, students are expected to complete individual projects which contribute to the body of knowledge in liberal studies and humanistic inquiry.

We have the following objectives for our students:

  1. To broaden and deepen students’ knowledge of cultural theories and different approaches in comparative literature, film and cultural studies.  
  2. To cultivate critical thinking through engagement with the key debates in literary, film, and cultural studies.
  3. To encourage appreciation of diverse cultural practices and contexts within a global frame, with emphasis on but not limited to those of Hong Kong, modern Chinese, and Asian culture.  
  4. To develop skills in critical analysis necessary to carry out independent research in the field of literary, film, and cultural studies.
  5. To provide the knowledge and enhance the skills required for advanced degrees and/ or enhancement in arts, cultural writing and other creative practices.

Study Mode:

The MALCS programme is designed to be completed by full-time student in one academic year or part-time students in two academic years. Each academic year comprises two semesters: Semester 1 (Fall) and Semester 2 (Spring). Semester 1 normally commences in September and ends in December, while Semester 2 normally commences in January and ends in May. Exact starting and ending date of a semester shall be prescribed by the School Senate.

All courses in our programme are offered during weekdays’ evening hours from 6:30PM to 9:30 PM.


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