Master of Education

This is a taught postgraduate programme leading to the award of the degree of Master of Education (MEd). The Master of Education Programme (the Programme) is designed for local and international educators and professionals who have an interest in the field of, and specialised areas in, education.


  1. to strengthen knowledge of and skills in education;
  2. to enhance analytical and critical understanding of issues in education from different perspectives;
  3. to develop a reflective, multi-disciplinary approach to education;
  4. to facilitate initiatives and promote leadership in education; and
  5. to foster competence in research in education.


Upon completion of the programme, graduates are able to:

  1. explain in-depth knowledge of education;
  2. apply theories and concepts in educational issues;
  3. apply specialized, professional skills in education;
  4. analyze critically and creatively on issues in education from different perspectives;
  5. conduct education research in professional manner;
  6. create and evaluate educational initiatives by reflecting upon multi-disciplinary approach to education.

Special Features of the Master of Education Programme

  • The Master of Education Programme is intended for educators and those in education-related professions. It has the potential to benefit a range of professions, such as practising or prospective teachers, school management personnel, social workers, and those who have an interest in the field of, and specialised areas in, education.
  • With a flexible programme design, students are allowed to choose one concentration area while they can also take courses offered by other concentrations. The Programme also offers a choice of dissertation/ independent project or coursework only for the fulfilment of graduation requirements.
  • Class sizes are small, with ample opportunities for in-class discussion and interaction.
  • English language is used in the full-time and part-time programmes.


There are EIGHT concentrations available in the programme. Upon entry into the programme, each student must select one specific concentration and take all required courses in that concentration together with the common required courses and elective courses. The programme is comprised of 27 units in total with the distribution stipulated as follows:

Common Core Course3 Units
Research Methods in Education3 Units
Concentration Core Course12 Units
Elective Course6 Units

Dissertation I & II or

Independent Project & one additional elective course or

Two additional elective courses

6 Units
Total27 Units
Concentrations currently being offered
Applied Psychology in Schools 
Child and Adolescent Development 
Early Childhood Education 
English Language for Teaching 
Inclusive Education 
School Leadership for Management 
Subject Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics at Junior Levels
Teaching Mathematics at Junior Levels 
*The University reserves the right not to offer a particular concentration. ** Assuming the student already holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or a Bachelor of Education. Students who successfully complete the six designated courses of the concentration will meet the requirements for subject knowledge for English teachers in schools as stipulated by the Education Bureau (EDB). In addition, this qualification in conjunction with a PGDE (or equivalent), where English is the specialised subject, will meet the EDB’s requirements for language proficiency for English teachers.

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.


Most courses are taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. During the course of study (second year for part-time programme), students complete a dissertation under the guidance of their supervisors. In lieu of the dissertation, students are allowed to undertake an Independent Project and an additional elective course, or two additional elective courses.

Students are required to attend either day or evening (for full-timers), evening (for part-timers) classes on weekdays and Saturday morning / afternoon. A student may take no more than three courses in a semester.

Normally, students should complete the Programme in two calendar years (for part-timers) and one calender year (for full-timers). An alternative modular mode may be available for part-time students who would like to take a more flexible schedule of study and credit load. Please contact the Department of Education Studies for details. With special permission, a part-time student may extend his or her study but in no cases would the period of study be allowed to exceed three calendar years.


To be eligible for the award of a Master of Education degree, students must:

  1. complete a total of 27 units;
  2. satisfy the requirements of the dissertation or its equivalent within the specified duration of the programme;
  3. obtain Grade C- or above in all courses; and
  4. achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above.