The Education University of Hong Kong

Research Postgraduate
(RPg) Programmes

Prospective Students

Programme Information

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

    Programme Code : A3D054 / A4D056 / A2M053

    Study Mode : Full-time

    Programme Director : Prof GU, Ming Yue Michelle

    Medium of Instruction : English

    E-mail :

  • 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

    The MPhil programme is designed to educate students as independent and innovative researchers who are well-prepared to pursue 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.

    PhD Programme

    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. 

  • PhD
    3-4 years of full-time study

    The Confirmation of Candidature is expected to be taken after 12 months of study.

    2 years of full-time study

    The Confirmation of Candidature is expected to be taken after 12 months of study.

    Application for upgrade from MPhil to PhD will be considered after confirmation of candidature and completion of the coursework 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 / thesis proposal at the Qualifying Examination and Viva Examination.

    Core Courses  Credits 
     Conceptualizing Research  3
     Research Methods I  3
     Research Methods II  3
     Development of Research Proposal  3

    Students are normally required to attend classes on weekdays evening, Saturdays and occasionally during long holidays.

    #Any aspect of course offerings (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 and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

  • General Requirements


    • 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.


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

    English Language Requirements*

    • Applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's degree at a university where the programme was not taught and assessed in English are normally required to demonstrate competency through one of the following minimum requirements:

    1. Overall score of IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0#; or
    2. TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based test); or
    3. Other equivalent qualifications.^

    *Individual field of study such as English language may have higher requirement.
    #Applicable to 2016/17 cohort and onwards.

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

    Non-local Applicants

    • We welcome applications from local and non-local applicants. Starting from the 2019/20 intake cohort, a new definition of non-local students is adopted in accordance with the HKSAR Government policy. Click here to check the definition of "non-local applicants".
    • If you are required to obtain a student visa/entry permit issued by the Director of Immigration in order to study in Hong Kong, you are regarded as a non-local applicant (subject to confirmation from the Hong Kong Immigration Department). Indication of residence status does not form a criterion for selection.
    • Non-local applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as it often takes considerable time for the Hong Kong Immigration Department to process your visa applications.
    • Applicants who obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China are required to provide an Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate (教育部學歷證書電子註冊備案表) issued by the CHSI (學信網)(
  • The tuition fee for the 2023/24 academic year is HK$42,100 (approximately US$5,400) 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 the Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students, please refer to:

  • Programme Outline
  • Aims & Objectives
  • PhD and MPhil Curriculum
  • Programme Structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Tuition Fees

Research Environment

Application Process

  • You can submit your application online. The University doesn't accept paper applications. Application fee for local applicants is HK$150 per programme. For non-local applicants, the application fee is HK$300. Please refer to the Section of "Non-local Applicants" for details. Application fee should be paid online by using either VISA/Master credit card or UnionPay. You may refer to "Other Payment Methods" as indicated on the payment page and upload the copy of your payment proof (e.g. bank-in slip, ATM advice, Telegraphic Transfer) onto the system or send it to us via email, fax or by post.

    The fee once paid is non-refundable and non-transferable unless the programme in question is cancelled by the University. Upon successful submission of application, you will receive an application acknowledgement by email.

    For Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) applicants:
    To submit an initial HKPFS application AND a full EdUHK application. (Please quote your HKPFS Reference No.)

    For non-HK PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) applicants:
    To submit a full EdUHK application.

  • Applicants should upload the following documents online at EdUHK Online Application Systems

    Documents to be submitted  Notes to applicants 
    Academic Transcript(s)*

    A certified English translation is required if the document is issued in other language than English
    Certificate(s) of Graduation

    For graduates from Mainland institutions, please provide both “畢業證書” and “學位證書”.
    English Proficiency Test Score Report

    IELTS (Academic Module) and TOEFL test scores are valid for two years after the test date.
    Research Proposal 

    HKPFS Applicants are required to submit a research proposal with a maximum limit of 7,500 characters to the UGC. Additionally, upon request by the relevant faculties/departments at EdUHK, a more comprehensive proposal without any word limit may be required.

    Non-HKPFS Applicants must submit a full research proposal (without a character/word limit) via the “Upload documents” section on the online application form.

    Both HKPFS Applicants and Non-HKPFS Applicants are suggested to clearly present the following content in your proposal:

    • Aims and objectives of the project;
    • Significance and/or impact of the proposed study;
    • Brief theoretical, empirical and/or conceptual basis, and background evidence, for the proposed research; and
    • Research design and methods.
    Research Plan and Vision Statement For HKPFS applicants only. Template is available on the online application form
    Publications (if any)

    Two Referees' Reports 

    Referees’ reports should be written by those who know the applicant well rather than providing just another supporting letter from the nominating institution. Please click the following hyperlinks to download relevant documents:

    All information given in the referee’s report will be treated as strictly confidential. Please ask your Referees to send the reports (with signature) directly to the Graduate School by email at or by post to the address below:

    Graduate School
    Room B4-G/F-02
    The Education University of Hong Kong
    10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Please remind your Referee(s) to include the following information in the reports:

    • Your Full Name;
    • Your Application No.; and
    • Your Applied Programme.

    Other Supporting Documents

    You may provide any of the following documents:

    [1] A proof of Medium of Instruction (This is to confirm your obtained degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English.)
    [2] Curriculum Vitae (CV); and
    [3] Any additional information, certifications or qualifications regarding to your application

    Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate

    Applicants who obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China are required to provide an Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate (教育部學歷證書電子註冊備案表) issued by the CHSI (學信網)


    * If you are a current final year student in an undergraduate / postgraduate programme, please upload your testimonial and a copy of your current year results when it is available. Your application will remain incomplete until all the necessary supporting documents are received.

  • Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend admission interviews / tests. An applicant who has not been invited to an interview shall not assume that he/she is not being considered for admission.

    Applicants will be informed of their application status, such as application acknowledgement, interview arrangements, etc., via their personal e-mail.  No letters will be posted to applicants except in very exceptional circumstances.

    Successful applicants will receive individual notifications by post / email. Applicants who wish to accept the admission offer will be required to indicate their acceptance of the offer directly through the Online Application System ( Applicants who have not been offered admission before the commencement of the programme may assume their applications unsuccessful.  No individual notifications will be sent to unsuccessful or waitlisted applicants.

  • Fall 2024 Intake (Semester 1, 2024/25)

    For HK PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) applicants:

    • Application Start Date: 1 September 2023 at 12:00 noon HKT
    • Application Deadline: 1 December 2023 at 12:00 noon HKT

    For non-HK PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) applicants:

    • Application Start Date: 1 September 2023
    • Application Deadline: 1 December 2023
  • Credit transfer may be granted to students in recognition of their prior learning experiences. Students may submit an application from the date of programme registration till the first two weeks of each semester in each academic year. 

    For courses on offer in the summer semester (if any), applications should be submitted one week before the commencement of the semester.  Late applications will only be considered on condition that there was enough time to complete the application process (normally 4 weeks) before the end of the courses concerned.

  • Cancellation of Programme

    The University reserves the right to cancel any programme(s) in which case all fees paid will be refunded.

    Double Registration

    Students enrolled in any full-time award bearing programmes (lasting for one year or longer) of the University should not simultaneously register for another qualification at this University or a post-secondary qualification at another institution except with prior approval of the University. Violation of this regulation may lead to discontinuation of studies from the University.  In case of doubt, please seek advice from the Graduate Schoole.

    Right of Access and Correction of Information

    In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, applicants have the right of access to and correction of the information contained in their application, and the right to request a copy of such data.  If applicants wish to do so, they may submit their request in writing to the Admissions and Registrations Section of the Registry.

  • Submission of Application
  • Required Documents
  • Interview and Admission Results
  • Important Dates
  • Credit Transfer
  • Other Information

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

The Education University of Hong Kong aspires to raise its profile and impact locally, regionally, and internationally through high-quality scholarships. With the generous donations from numerous donors, the University offers scholarships to give due recognition to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding performance in other non-academic areas. Below are various types of scholarships and financial assistance available for RPg applicants. RPg applicants are encouraged to explore more funding opportunities here.

  • Research Postgraduate Studentship
  • Tuition Waiver for Local Research Postgraduate Students
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
  • Belt and Road Scholarship (Research Postgraduate)
  • Hong Kong International Institute of Educational Leadership Scholarship
  • Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship
  • Hong Kong Association of University Women Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships
  • United Board Faculty Scholarship Program
  • Other Financial Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for RPg applicants

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