Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the following degrees, an applicant shall possess:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)*

  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)*

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

Applicants who are unable to be admitted through the route stated above can consider admission through Pathway 1. In this case, an applicant shall possess:

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

Doctor of Engineering (DEng)

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

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)*

  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.

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.

No applicant who is already a candidate for a research degree at this or another institution may be admitted to the programme, unless the express permission of the RDC is obtained.

*   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: Oct 21, 2020