Faculty of Education and Human Development, EdUHK

Honours Project

Honours Project (For 5-year Full-time BEd Students only)


Students studying the 5-year Full-time Bachelor of Education programmes will work on the Honours Project (6 credit points) to demonstrate their ability to integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout their undergraduate studies.

About the Honours Project

​The Honours Project (HP) has two courses (3 credit points / course):



Study Year






Honours Project I (HPI): Introduction to Research Methods 

The course consists of two parts:

Part A. Generic Research Methods:

- Regardless of your major, BEd students are expected to acquire basic research knowledge in education.
- This part will be instructed by the course lecturers in FEHD.
​- Blended learning mode will be adopted.  Students should study short online units and attend face-to-face tutorials.
​- The assessment tasks include both online and in-class exercises on research methods.

​Part B: Discipline-based Research Methods and Project Proposal Writing

​- This part will be instructed by course lecturers of students' chosen Research Area (in either their First Major or Education Studies).

Download the course outline (2013-18 cohort) / (2014-19 cohort and onwards)

Year 4



Honours Project II (HPII):

Students work on an independent research project of their choice under the guidance of project supervisors.

Download the course outline (2013-18 cohort) / (2014-19 cohort and onwards)

Year 5



Research Areas Offered by FEHD

Comparative and Philosophical Research

  • Comparative education research
  • Philosophy research
  • Values education research
Examples on Research Topics
  1. Private Tutoring in Hong Kong
  2. Comparative Study of Associate and Bachelor's Degree Holders in Hong Kong
  3. Buddhist Views of Life and Death
  4. National Identity as an Educational Aim
  5. Indoctrination in Education

    Click here to view the video pertaining to this research area.
Course Codes
IELL (Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning)
Dr. Lam Chi Ming
Tel: 2948 8458

Counselling, Inclusion and Special Education

  • Inclusion of diversity
  • Guidance and Counselling
  • Learning support for students with special educational needs, such as those with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, sensory impairments, autism spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits and hyperactivity, emotional and behavioral difficulties and giftedness
  • Assessment using contemporary brain research devices, such as eyetracker, EEG, etc.
Examples on Research Topics
  1. An exploration of effective behavioral management strategies for students with ADHD – a pre- and post- test design approach
  2. An investigation of attitudes and perceptions of teachers, students or parents towards inclusive education
  3. An investigation on language acquisition for students with dyslexia using mobile EEG device to measure students’ responses to phonological/visual spatial signals
  4. A case study of visual exploration during face-to-face social interaction using mobile eyetracker for detecting autistic traits

    Click here to view the video pertaining to this research area.
Course Codes
SEC (Department of Special Education and Counselling)
Dr. Tsang Kwan Lan Vicky
Tel: 2948 8642

Curriculum, Teaching, Instruction and Assessment

  • Instructional practices (e.g. cooperative learning, flipped learning, project learning, inquiry-based learning, variation theory, drama education, experiential learning, co-curricular activities, using of e-resources)
  • Curriculum (e.g. curriculum development, curriculum integration)
  • Assessment strategies (e.g. formative assessment, self and peer assessment, feedback)
  • Factors affecting learning (e.g. motivation, stress)
  • Classroom management
  • Teacher development
Examples on Research Topics
  1. Effects of cooperative learning for improved learning in [a specific subject]
  2. Assessment [e.g. tests or exams] pressure on students
  3. Effectiveness of applying [a specific teaching method or theory e.g. Theory of Variation] in teaching [a specific subject]
  4. Effectiveness of applying self-assessment in [a specific subject] among primary / secondary students
  5. Exploring the implementation of [a specific subject] in the new secondary curriculum reform
  6. Investigating useful strategies in managing a [subject / diversified / primary / secondary] classroom

    Click here to view the video pertaining to this research area.

Course Codes
C&I (Department of Curriculum and Instruction)
Dr. Yan Zi
Tel: 2948 6367

Early Years Education

Children’s development and education from birth to eight years in the following areas:

  • Language and literacy
  • Mathematics and science
  • Creativity and aesthetics
  • Health and well-being
  • Special educational needs
Examples on Research Topics
  1. The effects of reading aloud on the vocabulary development of 5 to 6 year old children
  2. Kindergarten teachers’ beliefs and practices of the teaching of art to children
  3. Hong Kong children's (6-8 years old) choices of toys and gender stereotypes
  4. The Influence of parents’ feeding practices on children’s eating behaviours
  5. The effects of peer intervention on autistic children’s social interaction in group activities
  6. The relation between parenting styles and children’s emotional expression

    Click here to view the video pertaining to this research area.
Course Codes
ECE (Department of Early Childhood Education)
Dr. Lam Ho Cheong
Tel: 2948 7543

Education Policy, Leadership, Teacher and School Development

  • Education policy and its impact on (students/teachers/schools)
  • Leading educational changes as teachers
  • Innovative practices of teachers
  • Teachers work lives and professional development
  • School development in the context of educational change
  • Equality, equity and justice issues in Hong Kong schools
Examples on Research Topics
  1. School support scheme for minority students
  2. The impact of different practicum models on pre-service teacher
  3. Teaching strategies for promoting positive learning environment in primary school classrooms
  4. Impact of students’ private tutoring on classroom teaching
  5. Effect of students’ SES (social-economic status) backgrounds on their academic performance
  6. The implementation of life planning education in secondary schools of Hong Kong

    Click here to view the video pertaining to this research area.
Course Codes
EPL (Department of Education Policy and Leadership)
Dr. Qian Haiyan
Tel: 2948 8102

Psychology in Teaching and Learning

  • Cognitive processes (memory, thinking style, creativity)
  • Community and health psychology (stress and coping)
  • Developmental psychology (cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-concept)
  • Educational psychology (motivation, teaching and learning strategies and effectiveness)
  • Social / personality psychology (social factors, culture, peer relationships)
  • Quantitative psychology (assessment)
Examples on Research Topics
  1. The situation of Hong Kong primary students’ metacognition
  2. Can small-group discussion raise secondary students’ satisfaction, self-esteem and self-efficacy?
  3. How does Hong Kong students’ self-concept influence their mathematics academic performance?
  4. Survey of student teachers’ pressure and how they relieve themselves during the period of teaching practice
  5. The influence of using multimedia in music teaching on students’ motivation in learning music

    Click here to view the video pertaining to this research area.
Course Codes
PS (Department of Psychology)
Mr. Lam Hiu Ming John
Tel: 2948 8393
Preparing for your Honours Project - Hints and Tips
Steps for preparing for your Honours Project

When …

You’ll …

Year 3 Semester I

  • find a Research Area for your Honours Project. Click here to read the Research Areas offered by FEHD.
  • submit online Research Area indication form to the Faculty Office of your study programme by the end of November.

Don't forget to talk to the coordinators. They will be able to assist you to find a Research Area that suits your interests and ambitions.

Year 4

  • study the Honours Project I - Introduction to Research Methods

Year 5

  • study the Honours Project II, including finalising the research proposal, application for ethical review, systematically conducting the study and presenting results, under the guidance of the project supervisor.
  • submit a written report
How do I find a Research Area?

To find a Research Area for your Honours Project, start by thinking about an area that sparks your interest – these could be from your First Major or Education Studies. Click here to find the Research Areas (Education Studies) offered by FEHD. Our coordinators are pleased to provide you with valuable advice about the Research Areas offered by our Faculty.

Can I take the Research Areas offered by the Faculty of Education and Human Development for my Honours Project?

You are welcome to take our Research Areas for your Honours Project if you are studying the 5-year Bachelor of Education Programmes listed below:

  • A5B057: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Secondary) Programme - Information and Communication Technology Major (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B058: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary) Programme (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B059: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) Programme (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B060: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Chinese Language) (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B061: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Early Childhood Education) Programme (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B062: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Physical Education) Programme (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B063: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Visual Arts) Programme (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B064: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Music) Programme (Five-year Full-time)
  • A5B065: Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Liberal Studies) Programme (Five-year Full-time)