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What will I learn?

The research postgraduate programmes aim to produce high-caliber scholars who are well-trained in education and related disciplines. The programmes are research-oriented with all master and doctoral candidates being required to learn how to initiate, plan and conduct original research; interpret their research findings; write scholarly articles, monographs and research reports; and articulate the implication of their endeavours for theory and applications. It is designed for persons who are intellectually curious and dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and academic rigor. It seeks applicants who can bring a spirit of critical inquiry in addressing the varied challenges facing the country.

The following five PILOs were used to assess the achievement of the Research postgraduate students who should be able to demonstrate:

  • advanced knowledge in education and related disciplines;
  • skills to conduct research using appropriate methodological techniques;
  • ability to make independent and critical judgments in educational issues and contribute to the field of knowledge;
  • integrity, fairness and ethical behaviour as academics and professionals;
  • ability to communicate research results and exchange academic knowledge within their fields

The programme of study shall comprise:

(a) supervised original research work culminating in the submission of a thesis;

(b) coursework as required by the Faculty of Social Sciences;

(c) attendance at lectures, study groups and workshops as well as participation in seminars, colloquia and conferences as directed by the supervisor(s);

(d) any other courses needed to make up for the candidate’s deficiencies as required by the supervisor(s) and the University; and

(e) the Mandatory Common Core Programme, which shall be completed satisfactorily before the arrangement of confirmation of candidature.

Education Studies (EDUC)

Blended Learning; Chinese Language Education; Cognitive Science; Comparative Education; Critical Thinking and Metacognition; Curriculum Studies; Cyber Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Education Policy Research; Educational Leadership; Educational Psychology; English Language Education; History of Education; ICT in Education; Inclusive Education; Information Literacy; Leisure Education; Mathematics Education; Mobile Learning; Moral Education; Music Education; Social Context of Education; Social Psychology; Special Educational Needs; Teacher Development; Teacher Education.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
Government/Research Grants Funded: HK $42,100 /year; Self-funded Fees: HK $84,200 /year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor's degree for admission to a Taught Postgraduate degree programme; English Language Requirements: TOEFL - 550 (Paper-based), 79 (Internet-based); or IELTS (Academic): Overall Band at 6.5; or CET-6 (College English Test band 6): 450.

For international students

Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil degree programme should possess:

  1. a bachelor’s degree with honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
  2. a qualification deemed to be equivalent; and shall, if required, satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination.

Normally, only first and second class honours graduates will be considered to have met the admissions criterion under paragraph (1). Graduates with third class honours degrees, with a period of relevant work experience and satisfactory results in the qualifying examination may also be considered.

An applicant 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 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.

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


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