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Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing for Cultural Professionals

Faculty of Arts


Study Mode Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fee Local students: HK$170,000/programme; Non-local students: HK$179,200/programme

Cut Off Date 31 May 2023

Year of Entry 2023 September

Funding Nature Self-funded

Application Start Date10 January 2023

Application Deadline 31 May 2023

Programme Director Dr TSE Hiu Hung Dorothy

Selection Process
  1. Short-listed applicants may be interviewed should the Programme Board deem it necessary.
  2. Application result will be reflected in the application status in the online application system.
Aims We aim to train cultural professionals in the foundations of writing and thinking creatively in both English and Chinese, so they are able to develop their careers in the language of their choice yet have an international, cross-cultural outlook in their development. The Programme is designed to recognize and strengthen the role creative writing plays for professionals in different cultural and creative fields, especially during challenging times in local and global contexts. Through appropriate training, graduates can turn their creative writing into a significant strategy to deal with social issues, community development, personal anxiety, etc. and to serve as a communicative channel to bring civic engagement, transparency, and better understanding to the community.

Programme Structure

Units Requirement 27 units
Required Courses (including Master Project) 18 units
Elective Courses 9 units
Study Curriculum The study curriculum may change from time to time. Applicants may make reference to the programme website or the University Student Handbook (coming soon) for details of the list of courses.


Academic Qualification

Applicants should possess:

  1. a bachelor’s degree with at least second class honours; or
  2. an equivalent qualification

Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants are required to demonstrate a bilingual ability in speaking, listening, and writing in English and Chinese. Cantonese proficiency is not required.

Applicants should meet the language requirements below in both Chinese and English:

  1. English qualifications:
    1. Grade D or above in AS/AL Use of English; or
    2. Level 4 or above in English Language (HKDSE); or
    3. a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based); or
    4. an overall band score of 6.5 or above in IELTS; or
    5. CET-6 (College English Test Band 6) in mainland China: 500 or above; or
    6. a BA Degree with English as the medium of instruction; and
  2. Chinese qualifications:
    1. Grade D or above in AS Chinese Language and Culture (HKALE); or
    2. Level 4 or above in Chinese Language (HKDSE); or
    3. Grade 5 or above in Chinese Language A Standard & Higher Level at International Baccalaureate (IB); or
    4. Grade 6 or above in Chinese Language B Higher Level at International Baccalaureate (IB); or
    5. Level 2 or above in the Shumian Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (SHSK); or
    6. Total score of 240 or above in the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (Chinese Proficiency Test HSK level VI); or 
    7. a BA degree with Chinese as the medium of instruction; or
    8. passed the Chinese language test arranged by the Department of Humanitities and Creative Writing, HKBU


The following documents must be submitted for assessment upon application:

  1. a 12-15 page writing sample of creative works in any genre (such as fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), including both English and Chinese works (in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced). Note: Poetry may be single-spaced. The applicant should submit their best work, so the proportion of English to Chinese is up to the applicant.

  2. a 1-page Master Project proposal in either English or Chinese. (The Master Project is a 6-credit course over two semesters that requires completing a supervised, independent research and/or creative project.)

  1. The above information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice. Hong Kong Baptist University reserves the right of final decision and interpretation in case of any dispute.
  2. Please note that a non-refundable admission confirmation fee, including the first instalment of tuition fee plus other administrative fees must be paid upon acceptance of the admission offer.