Postgraduate Programme

Master of Arts in Child and Family Education

  • Is the first programme in Hong Kong to link family and parenting practices with the development of children. It emphasises the understanding of family dynamics in children’s outcomes, and the use of education and intervention programmes to strengthen parenting practices for the positive development of children
  • Run by EdUHK’s Department of Early Childhood Education. The department has a prolific scholarly output and quality teams in the two interrelated spheres of child education and family studies
  • Offers a versatile approach with two elective options (thesis and non-thesis), allowing both research and coursework paths for students of different interests and profession goals
  • A non-thesis option provides attachment opportunities for students to experience authentic workplaces and to gain insights into child and family services in real-life organisational contexts

Those who work or aspire to work with children and families, and are keen to develop a deeper understanding of their work.


Classes are held on weekday evenings and on Saturdays, primarily at the Tai Po Campus and/or other venues as decided by the University.

The medium of instruction is English, except the fieldwork attachment for non-thesis option will mainly be conducted in Chinese.

Applicants should hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree and/or a postgraduate diploma, preferably in education, psychology or related disciplines. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview and /or a test. 

Applicants whose entrance qualifications were obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should fulfil the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University:

  • IELTS 6.0; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE / GCE OL English; or
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$120,000 ($5,000 per credit) which is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.


1. The Department of ECE Postgraduate Entrance Scholarship for Child and Family Education

    Announcement (English Only)

2. Master of Arts in Child and Family Education Entrance Scholarship

    Announcement (English Only) 



Ms. Michelle Chiu

(Alumnus of 2016/17, English only)


Ms. Catherine Lau 

(Alumnus of 2016/17, Cantonese only)


Ms. Bonnie Ng

(Year 2 student, Cantonese only)


I chose this programme because it embraces the two major elements of my work as a teacher – child and family. I often find myself linking what I have learnt from the lecturers with various issues of my individual students; learning should be a happy process, and happy students learn more effectively. In this regard, the research, experience and expertise of the lecturers have been a tremendous help to me. 

Mr. George So
CEO, English Education Centre
Professional Trainer, Human Resources
Alumnus of MA(CFE)