Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Special Features

Special Features

Supervision and teaching by internationally renowned researchers in different specialised areas

Special Features

Research emphasis

Special Features

Focused-resources in education and related disciplines

Special Features

Affiliation to the University-level or Faculty-level research centres, according to student research areas

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State-of-the-art learning facilities

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Financial study assistance available 

Talented and enthusiastic individuals interested in research, aspiring academics, or those aiming to become teacher educators.

The programme comprises core courses and independent research under the guidance of supervisors and academic advisors.

Students pursuing MPhil or PhD studies are first required to register provisionally for the degree and their registration will be confirmed after successfully undertaking a Confirmation of Candidature.  The Confirmation of Candidature is expected to be taken after 12 months of study.

The confirmation process provides an opportunity for the students to submit and obtain recommendations on a plan for the structure of their research programmes, describe the investigative programme, and identify the range of expertise necessary to complete the research.

Application for an upgrade from MPhil to PhD will be considered after confirmation of candidature and completion of the coursework requirements.

The medium of instruction is English.


  • A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university


  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
  • A Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfil one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements which may be subject to adjustment:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or
  • A TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based test) ; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications#.

Individual field of study such as English language may have higher requirements.
# The College English Test (CET) is not accepted as an equivalent qualification.

All full-time research students are automatically considered for Research Postgraduate Studentship. The value of the studentship shall be determined by the University  when necessary. The monthly stipend for the 2021-2022 academic year is HK$17,600 (approximately US$2,260) for all MPhil and PhD students and  HK$18,100 (approximately US$2,320) for post-candidacy PhD students. Conference and research support will also be provided to each student.

The tuition fee is HK$42,100 (approximately US$5,430) per annum, which is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.