Master of Education (MEd) (Area of Focus: Educational and Developmental Psychology)



What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme is aimed at individuals who aspire to professional advancement in the educational sector, and those who intend to strengthen their foundational knowledge and deepen their study in certain Areas of Focus.

It is designed to support students in integrating their past experience with new insights in theory, practice and leadership. The curriculum combines specialist study and a broad-based education in professional reflection, assessment and research methods. It provides flexible learning routes for students from different knowledge backgrounds.

By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

a) demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding in their chosen Area of Focus;

b) review educational research critically, and conduct educational inquiries independently;

c) apply assessment principles and strategies for the promotion of learning; and

d) evaluate the larger policy and cultural contexts of education in Hong Kong and other societies through a critical understanding of their daily work.

Educational and Developmental Psychology

Cognitive Learning Theories: A thorough understanding of the learning process is essential for effective teaching. This course will provide an overview of contemporary cognitive learning theories in order to provide educators with the evidence-base to stimulate, enhance, and maintain effective learning in students.

Issues in Development in School Contexts: This course provides students with the opportunity to study critical issues in development in school contexts. Drawing upon relevant psychological theories and empirical studies covered in Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence: Personal, Social, Emotional, & Moral Development, students will be given the opportunity to identify and study specific issues in development.

Motivation and Self-regulated Learning: Theory and Practice: This course provides an in-depth study of theory and research on student motivation and the promotion of active, strategic, independent, self-directed or self-regulated learning. The module focuses on selected theories of motivation and self-regulation that have strong implications for teaching and learning.

Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence: Personal, Social, Emotional and Moral Development: This course will provide a broad overview of childhood and adolescent psychological development and it will cover major developmental theories with particular emphasis on personal, social, emotional, and moral development. On top of that, it will further present the opportunity for students to test theory into practice through engagement in the analysis of developmental issues in school context.

Which department am I in?

Graduate School

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$120,000.00 (12,73,156) per year
HK $5,000 per credit point
Application deadline

Expected April 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

Tai Po Campus,

10 Lo Ping Road,

Tai Po, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university. English Language 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.

For international students

Applicants should normally hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent. Applicants may be required to attend an interview / test.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution outside Hong Kong where the language of instruction is not English should normally fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements which may be subject to adjustment:

  • IELTS 6.0; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE / GCE OL English; or
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

As for the Area of Focus of English for Academic Purposes, the minimum English proficiency requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or
  • a TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based test) or 90 (internet-based test) ; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

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


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