Postgraduate Programme

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

  • Supervision and teaching by internationally renowned researchers in different specialised areas
  • Research emphasis
  • Focused-resources in education and related disciplines
  • Affiliation to the EdUHK’s research centres
  • State-of-the-art learning facilities
  • Financial study assistance available including Research Postgraduate Studentship, conference and research support

Talented and enthusiastic individuals who are 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.


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

  • IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.#

* Individual field of study such as English language may have higher requirement.

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

All full-time research students admitted to the RPg programme are automatically considered for Research Postgraduate Studentship. The value of the studentship shall be determined by the University when deemed necessary. The monthly stipend for the 2016-17 academic year is HK$15,000 (approximately US$1,924) for all MPhil and PhD students and HK$15,600 (approximately US$2,000) for post-candidacy PhD students. Contingent on satisfactory progress and availability of funding, research centres or academic units of the University may be able to offer part-time research assistantships to research students. 

The tuition fee for the 2016-17 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.