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    Doctor of Education

    This degree involves coursework (40 credits) and a thesis.


    The principal aim of the programme is to make a significant contribution to the advanced professional and academic development of those concerned with education and allied fields, to the ultimate benefit of the wider educational community.


    Course work

    Students will have to take:

    • EDU E991 Educational Research (20 credits); and
    • another 20-credit postgraduate level Education course from the following list.
    Course Code Course Title
    EDU E805C Effective Leadership and Management in Education
    EDU E808C Chinese Language Education
    EDU E813C Child Development in Families, Schools and Society or
    EDU E823 Understanding Children’s Development and Learning
    EDU E825 Educational Leadership: Context, Strategy and Collaboration
    EDU E817C Learning, Curriculum and Assessment or
    EDU E846 Curriculum, Learning and Society: Investigating Practice
    EDU E819 Investigating Language in Action
    EDU E880 Learning and Teaching Liberal Studies
    EDU E881C Drama in the Curriculum
    EDU E882CF Investigating Early Childhood Education
    or equivalent (subject to E&L's approval)

    (The course selected must be outside the area students have studied at the Master's level.)


    Each student will carry out a piece of research with the guidance of one or two supervisors. The following research areas will be available for the September 2021 intake:

    • Adult education
    • Curriculum development and curriculum change
    • Distance education
    • Drama education
    • Educational development in China
    • Educational management and leadership
    • Information technology in education
    • Language education (English, Chinese, Putonghua)
    • Learning and assessment
    • Policy analysis in education.
    • Psychology of teaching and learning
    • Sociology of education

    Entry requirement

    There are two entry pathways to the EdD programme, as follows:

    Pathway 1

    Applicants should hold a recognized Master's degree (by research or coursework) in education or a related area.

    Pathway 2

    Applicants should hold a recognized Master's degree (by reseach or coursework) in an area not related to education.

    (Students entering through Pathway 2 are required to take two 20-credit courses from the list above.)

    Selection of applicants

    The selection procedure includes the submission of a research proposal and an interview.


    Admission is limited to the Autumn Term of each year. Details of the programme will be provided in early June each year at our Information Centre. You may also send your request to the Admissions Office for a printed Information Booklet and application form.


    By mail to: Research Postgraduate Office
    The Open University of Hong Kong 
    30 Good Shepherd Street 
    Homantin, Kowloon
    By fax to: 2789 2725 Research Postgraduate Office
    By email to: regrdo@ouhk.edu.hk



    For enquiries about the programme, please contact:

    Tel: 2768 5811
    Email: el_adm@ouhk.edu.hk

    Maintained by: School of Education and Languages ( el@ouhk.edu.hk )
    Modified Date: Jun 02, 2021

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