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What will I learn?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education [PGDE] programme prepares university graduates to teach in Hong Kong in sectors ranging from kindergartens to secondary schools. It offers both full-time and part-time mode of study. The full-time programme extends over one academic year and provides initial professional teacher training for students without previous teaching experience. The part-time programme extends over two academic years and provides in-service teachers with professional training and a basis for continuing professional development. The PGDE is a teacher training qualification recognised by the Education Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (normally one year, up to a maximum of two years, with classes possibly on weekday evenings and/or Saturday)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,29,894) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree of the University of Hong Kong or a similar degree from a comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

A candidate shall satisfy both the University Admissions Requirements and the Programme Specific Requirements as listed below.

All candidates shall:

  • comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula;
  • hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose;
  • normally be expected to have completed a substantial portion of their undergraduate studies in the major subject for which they wish to apply.

In addition:

a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b) having: a) a score of 550 or above (paper-based test), or 80 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)#; or b) a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)#; or c) grade C or above either in the Overseas General Certificate of Education, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language;

all candidates shall satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination, if required.

#For admission, only TOEFL or IELTS scores recorded in the two years before the date of application are considered.

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

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About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
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