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Research Postgraduate Studentship (RPGS)

  • All full-time research students admitted to the RPg programmes are automatically considered for Research Postgraduate Studentship (RPGS) as a form of scholarship for students to study the programme. The award of studentship will not exceed the prescribed period of study, i.e. two academic years for MPhil students and three academic years for PhD students.
  • Holders of RPGS are required to undertake duties that carry educational benefits for the holders, such as, but not limited to, other research/academic activities as assigned by the University. The amount of the duties shall not exceed, on average, 10 working hours per week in any full twelve-month period.
  • For further details of RPGS terms and conditions, please visit .


Research Support

  • To encourage and support research activities of Research Postgraduate (RPg) students, PhD and MPhil students who have passed the Qualifying Examination and confirmed their candidature are eligible to apply for the research support. Up to an amount of HKD$10,000 per year (maximum 2 years for PhD candidate and 1 year for MPhil) will be provided to students. The remaining balance of the first year cannot be carried forward to the next year, unless with prior approval from the Dean of Graduate School.
  • For more details about the guidelines and application procedures, please visit


Conference, Workshop or Immersion Visit Support

  • The University encourages RPg students to present their work internationally and to exchange information with others in their research areas. The financial support to RPg students includes the provision of up to $11,000 for each candidate to attend international / national / local conferences or workshops as well as to have immersion visits to international / national / local research centres / departments / universities which are relevant to their research areas and directly related to their thesis.
  • For more information about the guidelines and application procedures, please refer to  

This collaboration scheme is established between eight UGC-funded universities in Hong Kong to enhance the opportunities for postgraduate students to access research postgraduate courses and expertise at other universities.

The participating universities include:

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Lingnan University
  • The University of Hong Kong

General information on the Scheme

  • Research postgraduate students of the eight universities are eligible to apply for enrolment in the courses listed for this Scheme and waivers of tuition fees will be granted to eligible students.
  • A student should only apply for the courses listed that are directly relevant to his/her field of study.
  • All application must be submitted to the host university through the home university on or before the deadline set by the host university.
  • The host university reserves the right whether to accept the applications from students of the other universities subject to availability, student quota and other pertinent factors of the courses.
  • Students who are successfully registered to the courses at the host university are required to fully participate in the courses, including completion of coursework and examinations.
  • Grades will be given to students with an official transcript issued by the host university at the end of the courses. Grading scale is at the sole discretion of the host university.

Postgraduate Research Students from other UGC-funded universities who want to enroll in EdUHK courses

Important dates in Semester One (2019-2020)*



30 Aug 2019

Application deadline for cross-institutional course/subject enrollment in EdUHK

2 Sep 2019

Announcement of Application Results

2 Sep 2019 - 30 Nov 2019

Teaching period

~ 2 weeks from the start of the course

Add/ drop period

* Subject to change if necessary

Course to be offered in Semester One (2019 -2020)

  1. EDD8016 Research Methods I

Notes to applicants

1. Students admitted to a course will be officially registered as Visiting Students at EdUHK and are required to participate fully in the course, including completion of coursework and examinations, if applicable.

2. Visiting Students will not be registered in a specific programme of study or attached to a specific academic department. Upon the completion of the registered course, a Visiting Student of EdUHK will not lead to a degree or other awards from EdUHK.

3. Student ID card will NOT be issued to Visiting Student. They can use their HKID card/ passport for identification purposes and use the JULAC library card for entering EdUHK library.


Application procedures:

1.Select courses from the listed courses offered by EdUHK (2019-20).

2.Download and complete Sections I, II and III of the Application Form for Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment for Research Postgraduate Students and submit it to the responsible office of your home university. Home university may require students to submit an approval form. Application should reach the Graduate School of EdUHK via your home University by 30 Aug 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

3.You will be informed of the application results by 2 Sep 2019 via email.

4.Requests for withdrawal from a course should be submitted, in written form to the Graduate School of EdUHK, before the end of the add/drop period, i.e. 2 weeks from the start of the course.

5.Transcript will be issued by the Registry of EdUHK to your home University. 


EdUHK Research Postgraduate Students who want to enroll in courses offered by other UGC funded universities


Notes to applicants:

1.Students should only take courses offered by other UGC-funded universities if there are no equivalent courses being offered by EdUHK. Student should take courses that are directly relevant to his/her field of study.

2.Grades will be given to students with an official transcript issued by the host university at the end of the courses. Grading scale is at the sole discretion of the host university.

3.Student can apply for credit transfer for the courses completed through the Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment Scheme. The transferred courses will be shown on the student’s transcript as credit transfer. The credit point will be counted towards the graduation requirements but excluded from the calculation of GPA.


Application procedures:


1.  Click to visit websites of the universities concerned for detailed information:

University Information


Available from

Application Deadline

Semester Two

Start Date

City University of Hong Kong

2 Aug 2019

23 Aug 2019

2 Sep 2019

Hong Kong Baptist University

26 Jul 2019

26 Aug 2019

2 Sep 2019

Lingnan University

26 Jul 2019

26 Aug 2019#

2 Sep 2019

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

26 Jul 2019

16 Aug 2019

2 Sep 2019

The Education University of Hong Kong

16 Aug 2019

30 Aug 2019

2 Sep 2019

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2 Aug 2019

19 Aug 2019

2 Sep 2019

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

2 Aug 2019

26 Aug 2019

2 Sep 2019

The University of Hong Kong

19 Jul 2019

20 Aug 2019

2 Sep 2019

#The application deadlines for taught postgraduate Accounting and Cultural Studies courses are 2 August 2019 and 15 August 2019 respectively.

*The application deadline is applicable for Research Postgraduate courses and UG courses; some Taught Postgraduate courses may have earlier deadlines.

2. Download and complete Sections I, II, and III of the Application Form for Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment for Research Postgraduate Students.

3. Download the  Approval Form for Cross-institutional Course Enrolment and complete Part 1 and 2.

4. Obtain approval from your Supervisor and Dean of Graduate School (Section C).

5. Submit the Application Form AND the Approval Form to the Graduate School Office at least FIVE working days before the deadline set by the university you wish to attend as specified above. Late applications will not be accepted.

6. The host university will inform you of the application results. 



Application Form

Approval Form

Programme: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Programme Code : A3D054 / A4D056 / A2M053

Study Mode : Full-time

Programme Director : Dr TRENT, John Gilbert

Enquiry Hotline : (852) 2948 7696 / 2948 6503

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(Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct.  Changes may be made from time to time and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice.)

As a research student at the University, you will follow a programme of study under the guidance of a principal supervisor and a supervision committee. At the start of your programme you will draw up a plan for your research in consultation with your supervisor for completion of your thesis within the period of registration for the degree. Your work plan and training programme will be reviewed annually in the light of your research needs and progress.


In the first year of study, you will take the core courses, which equip you with a broad coverage of the central skills and ethical and methodological issues of research in education, social sciences, humanities, languages and linguistics, and creative arts and culture. The courses, workshops and seminars provides the opportunity for you to become part of the University’s research community. You will be able to meet and discuss your work with students and staff from different academic departments and learn more about the research taking place at the University.


MPhil Programme

a. Objectives

The MPhil programme is designed to educate students as independent and innovative researchers who are well-prepared to purse research degrees at the doctoral level. Graduates of the programme are expected to have attained advanced knowledge in their chosen field and professional expertise in research techniques.


b. PILOs

Upon the completion of the RPg programmes, students should be able to:

  • Apply advanced and up-to-date knowledge to formulate research questions and plans for their area of study;
  • Develop methods and instruments to produce original, innovative findings which lead to outputs of international standards;
  • Synthesize knowledge of expertise for the dissemination of research outcomes; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and full commitment to the underlying values and ethics in the scientific inquiry in the chosen area.


PhD Programme

a. Objectives

The PhD programme is designed for students wishing to pursue academic or research careers in education, humanities, social sciences and cultural and creative arts. It focuses on promoting applied research with strong relevance, and advancing knowledge for professional improvement, practical innovation, and policy formulation in education and associated areas, both locally and internationally. Graduates of the programme are expected to make significant contributions to the discipline and/ or profession through continued quality research and scholarly activities.


b. PILOs

  • Be at the forefront of knowledge within their field to formulate research questions, methodologies and plans for the areas of study;
  • Generate intellectual dialogues with peers both locally and internationally;
  • Contribute to the development of creative knowledge within the specialty which matches international norms and standards;
  • Produce innovative research findings and outputs with advanced understanding of research techniques for resolving scholarly and practical problems;
  • Advance knowledge internationally bringing significant impact to the areas of study;
  • Disseminate newly produced research outcomes beyond the academy to the community of educators at large;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and full commitment to the underlying values and ethics in scientific inquiry in the chosen area. 

Completion of a PhD degree normally requires 3-4 years of full-time study; completion of a MPhil degree normally requires 2 years of full-time study. 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. This confirmation process provides an opportunity for the students to submit and obtain recommendations on a plan for the structure of their research program, describe the investigative programme and identify the range of expertise necessary to complete the research. Application for upgrade from MPhil to PhD will be considered after confirmation of candidature and completion of the course work requirements. 

The RPg Programmes comprises 12 credit points (cps).  Students are required to take 4 core courses (3 cps for each course) to complete the requirements Students are also required to present their thesis proposal at the Qualifying Examination and Viva Examination.

Core Courses Credits
  • Conceptualizing Research
  • Research Methods I
  • Research Methods II
  • Development of Research Proposal

Students are normally required to attend classes on weekdays evening , Saturdays and occasionally during long holidays.  Any aspect of the course (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

For more information on the program-specific admission and English language requirements, please click here.

Postgraduate Studentship

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) and Departments

Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD) and Departments

Faculty of Humanities (FHM) and Departments

University-level and Faculty-level Research Centres

The medium of instruction and assessment is English.

  • The tuition fee for the 2020/21 academic year 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.

  • Extension fees will be charged to students who have to extend their studies beyond the normal duration.

  • For more information of Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students, please refer to:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for RPg Applicants