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/TOEFL a year ago. Is it still valid?
For admission, only IELTS/TOEFL scores recorded within two years before the submission date of application are considered.
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 Studies”.
7. Can I apply for more than one specialism?
You can apply for more than one specialism and study mode. You will have to complete and submit more than one online application as one application must be submitted for each specialism and study mode. Please also note that a separate application fee is needed for each application submitted. The application and the application fee are non-refundable and non-transferable. 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?
The following supporting documents should be uploaded to the application system by the application deadline or within four weeks from the date of creation of your application account, whichever is earlier.
(i) Official transcript of your undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies, if applicable. Current undergraduate students may upload the interim transcript showing the results of courses that you have completed so far. Documents not in English should be accompanied by an officially certified translation into English, normally by the Registry of the awarding institution.
(ii) Official certificate of your undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies, if applicable. For qualification obtained in mainland China, the required documents include Bachelor’s Degree Certificate (學士學位證書), Graduation Certificate (畢業證書), and English translation of documents provided by your home institution.
(iii) English proficiency test report, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL (only for applicants with qualifications from institutions outside Hong Kong of which the language of instruction and/or examination is not English).
(iv) A Curriculum Vitae (CV) with your reasons for applying.
10. Do I need to post the original/officially certified copy of the documents after submitting an online application?
Posting of documents is NOT required at the application stage. Should an applicant be considered for admission, he/she will receive an email notification from the Programme Office to submit the original/officially certified copy of documents. Please note that our request to submit documents does not necessarily mean that you will receive an offer of admission.
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 generally not required for our programme. The MEd Programme Office will notify you if it is required.
13. How can I obtain a student visa?
We welcome overseas applicants, and successful applicants will need to arrange their own student 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.
14. Is there any interview and when will be admission 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.
15. How many courses do i need to complete?
MEd students are required to complete a total of 10 courses equivalent (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.
16. What is the class schedule and teaching venue?
Classes are generally held on weekday evenings, and occasionally on Saturdays.
17. Can i extend my study if I cannot complete the programme within the designated timeframe?
Normally, the full-time students can complete the programme over one academic year, or extend to no more than two consecutive years; part-time students can complete the programme over two years, or extend to no more than four consecutive years.