The Education University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Education

Prospective Students

Doctor of Education programme 

September 2024 Intake (Semester I, 2024/25)

Main Round Application Deadline: 23 February 2024

programme Information

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Programme Code :   A3D045 / C4D001

Study Mode :   Full-time / Part-time

Medium of Instruction:   English

Programme Director :   Dr LEE, Kwai Sang

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  • Non-local applicants are advised to apply for Doctor of Education (EdD) programme (Full-time).
  • Local applicants can either apply for both Doctor of Education (EdD) programme (Full-time) & (Part-time).

* For definition of local and non-local applicants, please click here. Please check with the Immigration Department of HKSAR if there are any conditions / restrictions on your study in Hong Kong.

(Other than the application fee, applicants are not required to pay any additional fees during the application process. In addition, please be reminded not to offer any advantage to EdUHK staff and/or any person involving admissions at EdUHK in connection with your application. Otherwise, your action may violate Hong Kong's Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).

EdUHK does not encourage students to entrust their application to any third party agents and we always contact applicants directly on updates regarding the applications. You must complete and submit your own application and provide your own personal and contact details. Please refer to the official EdUHK channels, such as programme websites and the admission system, for the required information to complete your application.)

programme Aims & Objectives

The EdD programme is aimed at experienced educators and professionals in education settings who aspire to extend their expertise in a particular Specialized Area, and their professional knowledge in a broad range of educational contexts through core courses.

Upon the completion of the Programme, students should be able to:

Demonstrate an expert knowledge, understanding and competence in the Specialized Area and in the larger educational context;

Generate appropriate theoretical frameworks to address, analyse and propose innovative approaches to a broad range of educational issues;

Develop insights into research trends in the Specialized Area and demonstrate readiness to contribute to the professional literature in that field;

Analyse educational policies, processes or practices from different perspectives critically;

Effectively communicate concepts and theories within the Specialized Area to an audience of peers both locally and internationally; and

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of ethical practices within the Specialized Area.

Student Support

Development of Research Skills

The Graduate School (GS) is committed to provide students with opportunities to develop and enhance their research skills. The following workshops and programmes are organized for research students:

  • Postgraduate Students Library Workshops
  • Research Supervision Training Workshops
  • Statistical Consulting Services
  • Academic Writing Workshops

Award Schemes

Postgraduate Students Publication Award
To cultivate a research and outcome-oriented environment, the Postgraduate Students Publication Award is to reward students who produce quality research output in the form of journal articles.

Conference Award
To build and strengthen research capacity of students, the Conference Award is to reward students who present their work at international/national/local conference.

Programme Duration & Structure

The EdD programme comprises 72 credit points (cps) which normally takes 3 years of full-time and 4 years of part-time studies to complete. Students are required to attend face-to-face classes on Saturdays, weekday evenings and occasionally during long holidays at approved venues including but not limited to Tai Po Campus, Tseung Kwan O Study Centre, North Point Study Centre and/or Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre, etc. Depending on enrollment numbers, courses may be delivered in directed study mode. Different modes of delivery, teaching and learning activities as well as assessment methods could be adopted as deemed appropriate.

                                  Normative Length of Programme  Maximum Period of Study
Full - time    3 years  5 years
Part - time  4 years  7 years
  Courses Credit Points
Taught Core Courses   Conceptualizing Research  3
Research Methods I 3
Research Methods II 3
2 Specialised Courses 6
2 Elective Courses 6
Seminars for Thesis Writing and Knowledge Transfer 3
Development of Thesis Proposal 6
Thesis 42
Total: 72

Specialised Areas

Each applicant can only choose ONE of the following Specialised Areas for their application :

* = Part-Time mode is not open for application for 2024/25 intake

^ = Full-Time mode is not open for application for 2024/25 intake

# =  Not open for application for 2024/25 intake

Curriculum and Assessment

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Education Measurement and Assessment*

Educational Studies

  • Civic and Citizenship Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Leadership for Future Schools
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Special Education
  • Social Sciences in Education

Language and Culture

  • Language Education (English)*
  • Language Education (Chinese)*
  • Creative Arts Education (Only Accepts Students in Music)

Policy Studies

  • Asian and Policy Studies*
  • Social Sciences and Policy Studies*

Science and Technology

  • Information and Communication Technology in Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education and Education for Sustainability

Wellbeing and Health

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Studies
  • Life and Values Education
  • Physical Education and Sports Science

Admission Requirements

Basic Requirements

  1. must hold a Master's degree in a discipline within education or a cognate field relevant to their chosen Specialised Area;

  2. with four years or more of work experience are preferred.

Interview will only be arranged for those who pass the preliminary selection.

English Language Requirements

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high standard of competence in spoken and written English. 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:

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

#  The results of IELTS/TOEFL provided should be within two years (i.e., for the 2024/25 intake, the IELTS/TOEFL test must be obtained on or after 1 Jan 2022); and should be “taken in test centres” (i.e., tests taken online such as IELTS indicator/IELTS Online and TOEFL Home Editions are NOT accepted).

* The College English Test (CET) is not accepted as an equivalent qualification.

Remarks: Individual Specialized Area such as Language Education (English) may have higher requirement.