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What will I learn?

The aims of the programme are to equip students with the ability to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of their chosen focus area in education or related disciplines;
  • comprehend current research paradigms and the nature of research enquiry in education or related disciplines;
  • critically evaluate research and practice in their own professional area;
  • conduct independent research of an original and robust nature; and
  • contribute to the development of knowledge and practice in their area of professional endeavour.

Programme Structure

Units Requirement 66 units

  • Required Courses 15 units
  • Advanced Content Courses 6 units
  • Elective Courses 3 units
  • Thesis 42 units

The programme structure consists of two major components: coursework and thesis. The coursework component comprises four core courses on methodologies, one core course on reflective practice, two advanced content courses and one elective course.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$88,000.00 (8,90,238) per year
HK $264,000/programme
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants seeking admission to the PhD degree programme should possess: a master’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or a bachelor’s degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose. English Language Requirements: a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at 550(PBT)/79(IBT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5.

For international students

Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree; or a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours.

Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were obtained from institutions outside Hong Kong where the medium of instruction is not English. These applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for English proficiency:

An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.


Applicants should also demonstrate a record of at least 4 years of professional experience in the education sector or other relevant sectors as deemed appropriate by the Department.

Application Deadline: 31 Mar 2020.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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