Master of English Language Studies

This programme introduces key concepts and issues in the acquisition, use and teaching and learning of English.


Upon completing the programme, individuals will be equipped with knowledge and research skills related to the acquisition, use and the teaching and learning of English.

Career Opportunity

Graduates from this programme can work, for example, (i) in the media, advertising and publishing industry (e.g. script-writers, journalists, writers, editors, copywriters, proof-readers); (ii) in corporate communication; (iii) in the education industry (e.g. corporate trainers, language teachers, teacher educators, programme/curriculum developers, education managers/administrators at government and private schools and institutions, researchers and lecturers in higher education); (iv) as English language consultants. 

Course Structure

This Master’s programme consists of coursework and a research report. The programme is offered in English. Candidates need to complete four core courses (Research Methodology, Social Dimensions of English, Structure of English & Varieties of English), one programme elective course (English Language Acquisition and Development or Language in English Literature) and three faculty elective courses (e.g. Semiotics & Multimodality, Language for Specific Purposes, Translation Studies, Pragmatics, Language & Cognition, Critical Discourse Analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics or Sociolinguistics). The student will also have to submit a research report to be awarded the Master’s in English Language Studies Degree. See here for synopsis of course contents.

Language Requirement

A non-Malaysian applicant whose degree is from a university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for that degree is not the English Language and where the applicant wishes to follow a programme and/or write his dissertation in the English language shall be required :

  • To obtain a score of 550 for a paper-based total, a score of 213 for a computer-based total or a score of 80 for an internet-based total for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • To obtain a band of 6 for the Intenational English Language Testing System (IELTS)(ACADEMIC);
Entry Requirement

1. A bachelor’s degree with a CGPA of not lower than 3.0 or equivalent in the field of language or linguistics studies, or

2. A bachelor’s degree with a CGPA of not lower than 3.0 or equivalent in a non-language related field; and a minimum of one year’s work experience in a field related to studies in language use or linguistics, or

3. A bachelor’s degree with a CGPA lower than 3.0 or equivalent; and a minimum of two years’ work experience in a field related to studies in language use or linguistics, or

4. Other qualifications approved by the Senate from time to time.

Intake Schedule

Twice per academic year
September for Semester I
February for Semester II

Last Update: January 10, 2018


Last Update: November 29, 2017