The Department of English Language and Literature offers a wide range of expertise across the areas of literature, cultural studies, linguistics and translation, encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to academic research, knowledge development and transfer. We aim to provide advanced training that enables MPhil and PhD students to build up their theoretical and applied knowledge of one or more of the areas related to English Studies and acquire the skills and abilities necessary to conduct critical and original research in their field of specialisation. We place a special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and we welcome theses that explore the intersections of literary and cultural studies, linguistics and translation.

Successful applicants will be assigned suitably qualified supervisors to guide their research. Profiles of research supervisors are provided on the department webpage. Interested applicants may contact a potential supervisor to discuss an area of research they are interested in.

 
Research Specialisms:
 
Staff
 
Rank
 
PhD
 
MPhil
 
Fields of Research
PS
CS
PS
CS
 
 
Professor
 
V
 
 
V
 
 
 
V
 
 
V
 
 
  • Language Programme Evaluation
  • Language Testing
  • ELT Methodology
  • Corpus-based data-driven learning
  • Corpus Stylistics
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
V
 
 
V
 
 
V
 
 
V
 
 
  • Shakespearean Studies
  • Contemporary fictions
  • Adaptation studies
  • Post-colonial fiction
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
V
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
  • Children’s Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Studies of Fantasy
  • Graphic Narratives
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
 
 
V
 
 
  • Critical Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Media and Film Theory
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
  • Comparative grammar studies
  • Pragmatics and conversation analysis
  • Sociolinguistics and language variation
  • Minority languages and language endangerment
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
V
 
V
 
V
 
  • Environmental ethics and cultures
  • Ecocriticism
  • Language and Environment
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
V
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
  • Language contact and multilingualism
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics and language variation
  • English for academic purpose
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
V
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
  • Corpus-based Translation Studies
  • Gender-based Translation Studies 
  • Eco-translation
  • Gender and Language
  • Gender Studies
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Contemporary Art and Literature
  • Experimental Film and Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
 
 
 
 
V
 
 
 
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Usage-based approaches to language learning
  • Computer-assisted grammar instruction  

 

PS: Principal Supervisor

CS: Co-Supervisor

For more information, please visit the website of the Graduate School: https://gs.hksyu.edu/en/Programmes/ResearchPostgraduateProgramme/MPhilPhDinEnglish