1. Does the University require applicants to take English language tests?
Applicants who wish to be admitted 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 is required to obtain a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Those taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should have a minimum overall band of 6 with no sub-test lower than 5.5. Please refer to the information on the website of admission.
2. What is the HKU code number for the TOEFL?
The HKU code number for the TOEFL is 9671.
3. I took the IELTS a year ago. Is it still valid?
The IELTS results are valid for two years.
4. How many specialist strands are there and when do I need to select my specialist strand?
There are choices of specialist strands and one generalist strand to be offered for the MEd programme. Please visit the website for details of each specialist strand. Applicants are required to select their preferred specialist strand when they submit their online application.
5. Do I have to be a teacher to do the course?
No, it is not necessary for you to be a teacher to take the course. Some of the courses will also be suitable for people involved in the broader information-related professions, including librarians, people working as trainers or educators or administrators working in the field of education.
6. Am I eligible to apply for the MEd if my bachelor’s degree is not education-related?
Applicants are eligible to apply for MEd programme provided that they satisfy the admission requirements stated in the website, that means applicants possessing a Bachelor’s degree from the University or an equivalent qualification from a comparable institution that is not related to education can also apply. However, some specialisms may have specific requirements or preferences, which will be stated in the web page in “Fields of Study”.
7. Can I apply for more than one specialism?
You can apply for more than one specialism. Please submit an application with full set of supporting documents after you have paid the application fees for each application. If you are given admission offers of more than one specialism, you can then choose one to accept offer.
8. Can I change specializations once I have enrolled?
No. The courses under each specialism are designed specifically for that specialism only and no transfer will be feasible among specialisms. Once you have enrolled in the Generalist Education Studies strand or a specialist strand, the name of the strand or the title of the selected specialism in the case of a specialist strand, will appear on the transcript.
9. What documents should I submit to support my application?
Please refer to “Supporting Documents” for details. The supporting documents should be submitted by post, immediately after the online application and in any case by the application deadline to the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. Underpaid mail will be rejected. The Faculty is not responsible for any documents lost in the post.
10. Are photocopies of certificates and transcripts acceptable to the University?
Please submit officially certified copies of certificates and complete official transcripts of your undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Documents not in English should be accompanied by an officially certified translation into English, normally by the Registry of the awarding institution. At the application stage, a photocopy of the required documents is acceptable. Successful applicants will be requested to submit the original or officially certified documents before a firm offer is given.
11. What does “officially certified or certified true copy” mean?
A photocopy of the original document that has been duly declared as a true copy before a notary public (e.g. the District Offices in Hong Kong) (Please click here for details on making declarations of your documents at the District Offices) or certified by the appropriate official of your home institution (e.g. the Registry)
12. How do I submit the reference letters?
Reference letters are not required for our programme. However, if you believe they may be helpful for your application, you may enclose them in the supporting documents to be mailed to the Programme Office. There is no designated format for such letters.
13. Can I check whether you have successfully received my supporting documents?
Since all the supporting documents will be sent to respective teachers for shortlisting upon receipt, we are unable to check the arrival of a particular document at this moment. However, you will be informed if any additional documents are required for the application.
14. How can I obtain a student visa?
We welcome overseas applicants, and successful such applicants will need to arrange their own student visas. The Office of Student Affairs can assist students in obtaining visas. The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) acts as the local sponsor for international students, and the China Affairs Office (CAO) sponsors students from mainland China. Both offices also assist students in obtaining visas.
15. Is there any interview and when will be admissions results be announced?
Applicants who are shortlisted maybe invited for interview/written test, approximately a month after the application deadline. Successful applicants will be informed of their admissions results after interview/written test, and will receive an Offer of Admission letter enclosing a Notice of Admission statement shortly after verification of academic qualifications.
16. How many courses do I need to complete?
MEd students are required to complete a total of 10 courses (60 credits). Students are not allowed to enroll for more than 60 credits or 10 courses equivalent. For details of the courses to be taken, please visit the website for details.
17. What is the class schedule and teaching venue?
Classes are normally held on weekday evenings, and on HKU Campus.
18. Can I extend my study if I cannot complete the programme within the designated timeframe?
Normally, the MEd can be completed over one academic year of full-time study, or between two and four consecutive years of part-time study. Part-time students can have the flexibility to extend the study over two to four years.