Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)


What will I learn?

Programme Aims

This programme prepares university graduates to become competent and confident teachers in secondary schools in Hong Kong. It provides opportunities for participants to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of fully qualified secondary school teachers, together with an understanding of the responsibilities and obligations expected of members of the teaching profession. In addition, the programme seeks to foster a commitment of the participants to their students and to lifelong professional development.

Programme Structure

This programme is delivered in two different modes: One-year Full-time (FT PGDE(S)) and Two-year Part-time (PT PGDE(S)). It is a modularised programme consisting of 30-33 credit points (cps). Participants of FT PGDE(S) are normally required to attend classes during the week (Monday to Saturday) with some evening sessions. Participants of PT PGDE(S) are normally required to attend two/three 3-hour/4-hour classes per week, on weekday evening(s) starting from 6:30 p.m. and Saturday morning and/or afternoon in Tai Po Campus/ Tseung Kwan O Study Centre and/or Sports Centre as decided by the University.

Major Subject Studies – Subject Methods

Participants are required to take one subject as Major Subject Studies, which should normally be the major subject in their degree studies (please refer to the entrance requirements for details). Subject to sufficient demand, the following subjects may be offered in the 2017/18 academic year:

Major Subject Studies (MSS)

  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • History (for FT mode only)
  • Information Technology (for PT mode only)
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics (for PT mode only)
  • Physical Education (for FT mode only)
  • Science (for PT mode only)

Education Studies

This component provides participants with an understanding of foundational disciplines required of classroom teachers, i.e. psychology, sociology and philosophy of education, together with generic skills for planning, teaching and assessment. This interdisciplinary knowledge helps participants understand their own teaching, their own personal development, and culture and society at large. The participants can also evaluate current local curriculum and assessment issues. They are introduced to the implications for teaching and learning arising from the diverse range of learners' needs, the organisational culture of the school and the need to create and maintain a positive classroom climate. The courses are:

  • Foundations and Processes of Learning
  • Philosophical and Socio-cultural Issues in Education
  • Teacher Leadership and Professionalism in Changing Contexts
  • Curriculum and Assessment

Elective Studies – Core / General

The Elective Studies component covers two parts: Core and General. The Elective Core course enables participants to fulfill specific subject requirements while the Elective General is to allow participants to have choices in directing their own professional development. The majority of the participants have to study 1 Elective Core of their Major Subject and select 1 Elective General course. These Elective General courses are interdisciplinary in design in order to encourage participants to develop new areas of interest connected to their academic and education studies.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,85,348) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Sports Centre

55 Yau King Lane,

Tai Po, Hong Kong, New Territories

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,85,348) per year
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

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally:

  • hold a recognised Bachelor's degree with a major in a discipline relevant to their chosen Major Subject Studies, or equivalent;
  • have passed the admission interview/subject test(s) and/or language test(s), where required; and
  • be serving teachers in local secondary schools (for PT PGDE(S)).

Fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 or above;
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • GCSE / GCE OL English Grade C or above;
  • GCE AS Level or AL Level English Grade E or above;
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland's College English Test (CET 6) (not lower than 430); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

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


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