Doctor of Education (EdD)

(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:

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of their chosen focus area in education or related disciplines;
  2. comprehend current research paradigms and the nature of research enquiry in education or related disciplines;
  3. critically evaluate research and practice in their own professional area;
  4. conduct independent research of an original and robust nature; and
  5. contribute to the development of knowledge and practice in their area of professional endeavour.
Admission Requirements**

Applicants should possess:

  1. possess a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree; or a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours; and
  2. 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 programmes where the medium of instruction is not English. These applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for English proficiency:

An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent

**The admission requirements are subject revision.

Programme Structure

The programme structure consists of two major components: coursework and thesis. The coursework component comprises four core courses on methodologies, one required course on reflective practice, two advanced content courses and one elective course.

Requirements of the programme are as follows:

Common Required 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 24 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#.

Exemption Policy

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.