(Three-year Full-time or Four-year Part-time)
EdD is a taught postgraduate programme leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Education (EdD). The programme aims to enable professionals in the field of education or related disciplines to contribute to their professional practices from an informed and robust research perspective.
The aims of the programme are to equip students with the ability to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of their chosen focus area in education or related disciplines;
- comprehend current research paradigms and the nature of research enquiry in education or related disciplines;
- critically evaluate research and practice in their own professional area;
- conduct independent research of an original and robust nature; and
- contribute to the development of knowledge and practice in their area of professional endeavour.
Applicants should possess:
- possess a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree; or a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours; and
- demonstrate a record of at least 4 years of professional experience in the education sector or other relevant sectors as deemed appropriate by the Department.
Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose bachelor’s degrees were obtained from institutions outside Hong Kong where the medium of instruction is not English. These applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for English proficiency:
A score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent
**The admission requirements are subject revision.
The programme structure consists of two major components: coursework and thesis. The coursework component comprises four core courses on methodologies, one core course on reflective practice, two advanced content courses and one elective course.
Requirements of the programme are as follows:
Common Core Courses 15 units
|Research Methods in Education||3 units|
|Data Analysis for Education||3 units|
|Advanced Applications of Qualitative Methods or||3 units|
|Advanced Applications of Quantitative Methods|
|Development of Research Proposal and Thesis||3 units|
|Colloquium on Reflective Practice in Education||3 units|
Advanced Content Courses 6 units
Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment
|Issues and Research in Mathematics Education||3 units|
|Critical Issues in English Language Assessment||3 units|
|Emerging Issues and Research in Technology in Education||3 units|
|Curriculum Development for the 21st Century: Global Perspectives||3 units|
Educational Administration, Leadership & Policy
|Language Policy in the Global Age||3 units|
|Educational Leadership and Administration: A Global Perspective||3 units|
|Education System and Policy: A Comparative Perspective||3 units|
|Communication and Marketing in Education||3 units|
Child & Adolescent Development
|Issues in Child and Adolescent Development Research||3 units|
|Promoting Child and Adolescent Development in School Settings||3 units|
|Advanced Study of the Moral Development of Children||3 units|
|Psychology of Human Relationships: Theory, Research, and Issues||3 units|
|Leisure Education and Youth Development||3 units|
Elective Courses 3 units
Students are required to choose the elective course either from the list of advanced content courses, advanced research method courses or courses offered in other taught postgraduate programmes such as MEd, MSocSc (T&L) etc.
Thesis 42 units
Total no. of credit units: 66
To be awarded a Doctor of Education degree, students need to have (a) completed a total of 66 units; (b) satisfied the requirements of the dissertation; (c) obtained Grade C- or above in all courses; and (d) achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above.
Students who, for whatever reasons, are leaving the Programme and have satisfied all the coursework requirements and completed at least 27 units with an overall GPA of 2.5 or above and Grade C- or above in all courses, are eligible to be awarded a Master of Education degree as an interim award#.
Unit transfer of not more than 1/6 of the total number of units can be granted for those who obtained good results in equivalent courses in their previous studies from recognized higher education institutions.
On recommendation by Department Head/Programme Director and by special approval of the Dean of Graduate School or his designate, a student may transfer units of up to 50% of the taught course requirement provided that the units were obtained from doctoral programmes completed within the University.
No units could be transferred to the thesis component of the programme.
Given unit transfer is allowed, tuition fee will be deducted according to number of credit units transferred and the per unit fee.
#The offering of this interim award is subject to University’s approval.