PhD - Doctor of Philosophy (Faculty of Education and Human Development)



What will I learn?

Programme Aims & Objective

As a research student at the University, you will follow a programme of study under the guidance of a principal supervisor and a supervision committee. At the start of your programme you will draw up a plan for your research in consultation with your supervisor for completion of your thesis within the period of registration for the degree. Your work plan and training programme will be reviewed annually in the light of your research needs and progress.

In the first year of study, you will take the core courses, which equip you with a broad coverage of the central skills and ethical and methodological issues of research in education, social sciences, humanities, languages and linguistics, and creative arts and culture. The courses, workshops and seminars provide the opportunity for you to become part of the University’s research community. You will be able to meet and discuss your work with students and staff from different academic departments and learn more about the research taking place at the University.

a. Objectives

The PhD programme is designed for students wishing to pursue academic or research careers in education, humanities, social sciences and cultural and creative arts. It focuses on promoting applied research with strong relevance, and advancing knowledge for professional improvement, practical innovation, and policy formulation in education and associated areas, both locally and internationally. Graduates of the programme are expected to make significant contributions to the discipline and/ or profession through continued quality research and scholarly activities.

b. PILOs

  • Be at the forefront of knowledge within their field to formulate research questions, methodologies and plans for the areas of study;
  • Generate intellectual dialogues with peers both locally and internationally;
  • Contribute to the development of creative knowledge within the specialty which matches international norms and standards;
  • Produce innovative research findings and outputs with advanced understanding of research techniques for resolving scholarly and practical problems;
  • Advance knowledge internationally bringing significant impact to the areas of study;
  • Disseminate newly produced research outcomes beyond the academy to the community of educators at large;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and full commitment to the underlying values and ethics in scientific inquiry in the chosen area.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,46,959) per year
Approximately USD $5,430
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 must have a master degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or a Bachelor degree with first class honours (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

A Master degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or a Bachelor degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's degree at a university where the programme was not taught and assessed in English are normally required to demonstrate competency through one of the following minimum requirements:

1. IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or
2. A TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based test); or
3. Other equivalent qualifications.

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


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