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Doctor of Psychology (Educational Psychology)



What will I learn?

Educational Psychology is a scientific discipline within psychology. It applies psychological theories and research findings about human behaviour, affect, cognition, development and personality to educational settings. Educational psychologists are practitioners who generate scientific knowledge and theory relevant to education and psychology. They are also practitioners whose services range from remediation to prevention, case work to systems work, and direct services to indirect services. They help teachers design curricula , improve teaching methods, and motivate students to learn. They also help students and their parents cope with various changes and difficulties in the course of learning and development. Most importantly, they work for the betterment of the micro and macro systems in which students grow up. The Department of Psychology of HKU offers three postgraduate programmes in educational psychology, including the Master of Social Sciences in the field of Educational Psychology, the Doctor of Psychology in the field of Educational Psychology, and the PhD with a specialization in Educational Psychology. All these programmes adopt a scientist-practitioner model with the aim of preparing educational psychologists who are strong in both research and practice.

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Educational Psychology Programme, established in 2008, is the only one-of-its kind offered in Hong Kong. Its primary aim is to provide further specialized training for experienced educational psychologists who hold a recognized MSocSc degree in Educational Psychology or equivalent to develop specialties in educational research and practices.

The Doctor of Psychology in the field of Educational Psychology programme emphasizes a scientist-practitioner model of education. In consequence, holders of this degree shall be equipped to function competently as professional educational psychologists in the areas of research, tertiary-level teaching, and professional services.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$144,650.00 (15,08,028) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The basic qualification necessary for admission to research postgraduate studies is a good honours degree from this University or an equivalent qualification from a comparable institution. In addition, certain degree courses have more specific requirements. Paper-based test: An overall score of 550 or above; Internet-based test - An overall score of 80 or above; a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

Students must have

  • A Master of Social Sciences in Educational Psychology degree or an equivalent qualification; and
  • Candidates shall satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination, if required.

English Language Requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements for admission to the curriculum concerned, an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain one of the following examination result.

A. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
1. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or
2. a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or
3. a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or

B. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or

C. GCE (General Certificate of Education)
Grade C or above; or

D. IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)
Grade C or above; or

E. Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language
Grade C or above

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


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