Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)*

Applicants shall possess:

  a recognized first class honours degree with demonstrated ability to pursue advanced studies; or
  a recognized Master’s degree by research; or
  transfer from the OUHK MPhil degree.

Doctor of Education (EdD)*

There are two entry pathways to the EdD programme:

Pathway 1

  a recognized Master’s degree (by research or coursework) in education or a related area of studies.

Pathway 2

  a recognized Master’s degree (by research or coursework) in an area not related to education.

Programme information is available at: http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/edd

Doctor of Engineering (DEng)

Applicants shall possess:

  a recognized Master’s degree in science, engineering or a related discipline.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)*

Applicants shall possess:

  a recognized first or second upper class honours degree from a tertiary education institution; or
  any other equivalent qualifications, or provide evidence of academic and professional attainments.

No applicant who is already a candidate for a research degree at this or another institution will be admitted to the above programmes unless express permission from the RDC is obtained.

English proficiency requirements

An applicant shall satisfy the Research Degrees Committee (RDC) requirement that he/she has sufficient command of the language (normally Chinese or English) in which the course of study and research is to be undertaken and in which the thesis is to be presented. All applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)*. At the time of admission, the RDC shall stipulate whether the thesis is to be presented in Chinese or English. Terms of reference of the RDC are available in Appendix 6.

*   Applicants for MPhil, PhD or EdD programmes offered by the School of Education & Languages whose Bachelor’s Degrees or equivalent qualifications did not adopt English as the medium of instruction must satisfy one of the following English language proficiency requirements:
Proficiency test Minimum requirements
TOEFL 550 (paper-based), or
79 (internet-based) with at least 19 in writing, or
60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections in the paper-delivered test)
IELTS Overall band score 6.5, with at least 6.0 in writing
    TOEFL and IELTS results are valid for two years from the test date.
    The English language proficiency requirements are not applicable to applicants who will work on a Chinese Language education topic, or whose thesis is to be presented in Chinese.


Modified Date: Apr 27, 2021