The Doctor of Education programme is offered for experienced professionals who are leaders, or aspire to be leaders, in education-related institutions and services.
Our EdD programme is distinctive with its strong research focus and coursework component tailored to the needs and interests of participants and their work places. The coursework component is fully articulated with the research component.
The programme is on a part-time basis commencing on 1 September. The curriculum shall normally extend over a period of not less than 36 months and not more than 72 months for part-time study. Because of the strong articulation between the coursework and thesis components, the estimated completion time is about 4 - 6 years.
Candidates are required to satisfactorily complete a total of 7 courses described below:Core Courses
The Faculty has more than 100 full-time academic staff members drawn from various parts of the world. In addition to performing teaching duties, academic staff are engaged in an extensive range of research which provides a focus for supervision of research degrees. Members of the Faculty lead both local and international projects. Many of them sit on different advisory committees contributing to the formulation of policies related to education in Hong Kong.
The major research areas in the Faculty are listed in the following seven Division groupings:
Division of Chinese Language and Literature
Division of English Language Education
Division of Information and Technology Studies
Division of Learning, Development and Diversity
Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education
Division of Science, Mathematics and Computing
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Candidates shall be required to satisfactorily complete a total of 7 courses, comprising 4 core courses and 3 elective courses, as described below. The core courses must be completed by the end of the probationary period. The elective courses should be completed before the submission of thesis, and at least 2 should be chosen from among the Faculty’s "Courses on Primary Disciplines" offered especially to Research Higher Degrees Students (including Division-based Primary Discipline Courses and primary-discipline courses offered by individual colleagues), while the remaining courses may be chosen from the Faculty’s Taught Master’s Degree programmes.
This course provides an overview of research methods. Topics include locating and reviewing research literature, the role of theory, formulating research questions, measurement, selecting methods, and an overview of general approaches such as experimental research, case study, correlational research, and action research.
This is a continuation of Research Methods I and focuses on doing research in education, including interviewing, observations, transcription, coding, and other procedures, as well as issues of ethics, research integrity, and validity, and generalizability. This course will culminate in the development of a research proposal.
The aim of this course is to help students to become more aware of important aspects of writing that contribute to overall communicative success of their thesis, so that they can approach the writing of their theses more systematically and confidently. Topics to be covered include: the structure of different types of theses; the discourse features and language used in reviewing research literature, making explicit the research gap, stating hypotheses or research questions, reporting and discussing results as well as findings; the writing of abstracts, introductions and conclusions; the use of verbal signposts and verb tenses across the thesis; and issues of academic language and delicacy.
This course is structured as a forum consisting of multiple sessions for students to explore various generic educational issues. Each session will be a combination of a guest lecture, discussions, group/individual work, presentations, and debate.
Note: Classes are normally scheduled in evenings during weekdays, and/or Saturday mornings or afternoons.
To be eligible for admission to the programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Education, candidates shall
Successful candidates shall in the first instance be granted provisional registration for the EdD degree, with such registration to be confirmed only when the requirements set out in regulation Ed265 below are satisfied.
To be eligible for the award of the degree of Doctor of Education, candidates shall
The programme shall begin in September. The curriculum shall normally extend over a period of not less than 36 months and not more than 72 months for part-time study, or not less than 24 months and not more than 48 months for full-time study.
A candidate who wishes to be absent from Hong Kong and/or the approved course of study and research shall be required to submit a written application for leave of absence. Study leave may be granted for the purposes of study or research outside Hong Kong and non-study leave may be granted when a candidate is best advised for personal, health, or other reasons to have time completely away from his/her academic responsibilities. Unless special circumstances warrant an exception, leave of absence under both categories shall not normally be granted for a cumulative period of more than twelve months for the entire period of study. Any period of study leave granted shall be counted towards the period of study and any period of non-study leave granted shall result in the extension of the period of study by the period of absence.
To complete the curriculum, candidates shall
Candidates shall be required to take courses and satisfy the coursework requirements as prescribed by the examiners. The objective of the coursework component is to aid research work and to prepare candidates for thesis writing.
A candidature may be discontinued
Any publication based on work approved for a higher degree should contain a reference to the effect that the work was submitted to The University of Hong Kong for the award of the degree.
The programme will be taught by the academic staff in the Faculty and will also invite local and overseas scholars to offer research seminars and teach EdD courses.
Composition fee per student for 2013-2014 intake:
|Years 1 - 6||HK$61,800^ per year|
Note: Expected completion time for the whole programme is about 4-6 years.
^ Subject to approval
The EdD is for experienced professionals who are, or aspire to be, educational leaders.
Applicants should normally hold a recognized Bachelor's degree and a taught Master's degree, and demonstrate a record of at least 4 years of professional experience in an educational institution or services in the education sector.
Application Deadline: TBA (normally in February)
Applications should be submitted in electronic format via the online application system at http://www.asa.hku.hk/admissions/tpg by the application deadline.
In addition, a "Statement of Proposed Area of Professional Inquiry" regarding the applicant's initial research interest and other supporting documents should be submitted by the deadline to the Office of Research, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.
Please refer to the suggested framework provided on the "Statement of Proposed Area of Professional Inquiry" proforma which is downloadable from “Supporting Document” via the above online application system.
Date: TBA (normally in December)