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What will I learn?

This is a two-year full-time programme which offers professional training in educational psychology through a scientist-practitioner model, featuring a curriculum consisting of an array of course work in assessment, consultation, and evidence based interventions that are relevant to the local context. In addition, students have to complete a specific number of hours of supervised practice in assessment and intervention before graduation. These practicums are supervised by qualified educational/clinical psychologists in the field. This programme is offered under the Faculty of Education, in close collaboration with M.S.Sc Programme in Clinical Psychology that is offered by the Department of Psychology.

Graduates of this programme are expected to meet the professional competence and ethical standards for registration as Educational Psychologist in Hong Kong. Services provided by educational psychologists include psychoeducational assessment, intervention with children, adolescents and their families, in-service training for teachers, consultation with parents, teachers, principals and education-related administrators in both government funded and private sectors.

Courses to be offered (a)Core courses (48 units) by the Department of Educational Psychology and/or Department of Psychology • History, Professional Issues, and Ethical Practice in Educational Psychology • Children and Adolescents with Special Educational Needs • Psychoeducational Assessment • Skills Training Seminar • Psychological Interventions for Children and Adolescents • Consultation in Schools and Community: Theory and Practice • Research seminar in Professional Educational Psychology • * Dissertation Research • Practicum (b) Elective course(s) (9 - 12 units) from the postgraduate courses in various depts. in the Faculty of Education • Contemporary Issues in Students’ Personal and Social Development • Motivating the Academically Unmotivated • Learning Sciences and Instructional Implications • Learning and the Brain • Curriculum: Perspective and Design • Curriculum Evaluation: Theory and Practice • Teaching: Orientation, Strategies and Application • Curriculum Change and Implementation • Current Issues in Educational Administration and Policy • Policy Studies in Education • Quantitative Methods in Educational Research • Qualitative Methods in Educational Research • Quantitative Data Management and Analysis in Educational Research • Quantitative Analysis in Classroom and School Settings • Multi-dimensional and Multi-causal Analysis in Educational Research • Action Research in Education

(c) Elective course(s) (0 - 3 units) from the Dept of Psychology • Seminar in Developmental Psychology * Dept of Psychology will also offer thesis supervision for Dissertation Research

Study Scheme

Students are required to complete a total of 60 units for graduation.

Professional and Foundation Knowledge 18 units

Psychological Assessment 9 units

Intervention Skills and Strategies 12 units

Research in Educational Psychology 12 units

Field Work 9 units

Total: 60 units

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,27,672) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should preferably:

1. hold the following degree or academic qualifications:

graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, normally with honours not lower than Second Class or achieving an average grade of not lower than “B”; AND
be eligible for Graduate Membership of The Hong Kong Psychological Society;
possess a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or with relevant working experience in educational or related settings are preferred;

2. pass an entrance examination or interview conducted by the Graduate Division of Education

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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


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