Doctor of Psychology in the field of Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology is a scientific discipline within psychology. It applies psychological theories and research findings about human behaviour, affect, cognition, development and personality to educational settings. Educational psychologists are  practitioners who generate scientific knowledge and theory relevant to education and psychology. They are also practitioners whose services range from remediation to prevention, case work to systems work, and direct services to indirect services. They help teachers design curricula , improve teaching methods, and motivate students to learn. They also help students and their parents cope with various changes and difficulties in the course of learning and development. Most importantly, they work for the betterment of the micro and macro systems in which students grow up. The Department of Psychology of HKU offers three postgraduate programmes in educational psychology, including the Master of Social Sciences in the field of Educational Psychology, the Doctor of Psychology in the field of Educational Psychology, and the PhD with a specialization in Educational Psychology.  All these programmes adopt a scientist-practitioner model with the aim of  preparing educational psychologists who are strong in both research and practice.

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Educational Psychology Programme, established in 2008, is the only one-of-its kind offered in Hong Kong. Its primary aim is to provide further specialized training for experienced educational psychologists who hold a recognized MSocSc degree in Educational Psychology or equivalent to develop specialties in educational research and practices.

The Doctor of Psychology in the field of Educational Psychology programme  emphasizes  a scientist-practitioner model of education. In consequence, holders of this degree shall be equipped to function competently as professional educational psychologists in the areas of research, tertiary-level teaching, and professional services.

The curriculum shall extend over a minimum of twenty-four months of full-time study or thirty-six months of part-time study. A candidate shall complete satisfactorily the required courses and a thesis as set out below. The courses cover theoretical and applied aspects of educational psychology. Students may apply for exemption from courses, approval of which is granted only on an individual basis by the Programme Director and Head of Department for submission to Higher Social Sciences Degree Committee and Faculty Board for approval.

Doctoral candidates should attend all 6 courses in List A and at least 1 course in List B:

List A
PSYC6021. – Supervised reading in specialty of educational psychology
PSYC6010. – Conceptual and methodological issues in psychological research I
PSYC6011. – Conceptual and methodological issues in psychological research II
PSYC6022. – Thesis
PSYC6023. – Practical training in specialty of educational psychology
GRSC6029. – Research Ethics for Graduate Students

List B
PSYC6024. – Research methods in applied educational psychology
PSYC8008. – Motivation and learning
PSYC6004. – Curriculum and instruction
PSYC8007. – Applied developmental psychology
PSYC6025. – Postgraduate seminar in scientific writing for psychology
PSYC7021. – Postgraduate seminar in cognitive psychology
PSYC7022. – Postgraduate seminar in social psychology
PSYC7023. – Postgraduate seminar in developmental psychology

For the course description of Educational Psychology programmes, please click here

To be eligible for admission to the programme, a candidate shall satisfy both the University admission requirement and the programme specific requirements as listed below:

  • shall comply with the General Regulations;
  • shall hold a Master of Social Sciences in Educational Psychology degree of this University, as appropriate; or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose;
  • for a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement applicable to high degrees as prescribed under the General Regulation G2(b);
  • shall satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required; and
  • preferably shall have working experience in the field of Educational Psychology, as appropriate.

An application for exemption from the above requirements shall be considered on a case by case basis.

The curriculum shall extend over two academic years of full-time study or three academic years of part-time study.

Full-time: HK$144,650 p.a.
Part-time: HK$96,400 p.a.

For the details of composition fees for the taught postgraduate programmes, please visit http://www.handbook.hku.hk/tpg/2018/fee/fee.html

Financial assistance is available for full-time postgraduate students. Enquiries should be made to the Student Financial Assistance Agency, 11/F & 12/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon. (http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/index.htm).

* The fees are for the 2019-20 academic year only.

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Educational Psychology programme admits student every year.

Applications shall be made online at http://www.aal.hku.hk/tpg (only on-line applications are accepted). Programme information, regulations and syllabuses can also be obtained from this website. For application procedure and technical difficulties in completing the on-line application form, please contact the Academic Services Office at tpgadmissions@hku.hk

Applications are now invited for admission in September 2020. The closing date is 12:00 noon, June 1, 2020. All applicants will be notified of the application results by July 31, 2020 at the latest.

The required supporting documents shall be posted, as appropriate, directly to the Department of Psychology, Room 627, 6/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (RE: Application for the Doctor of Psychology in Educational Psychology Programme) before the application deadline. Your application number should be marked on each document. Transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other submitted documents which are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation in English. Certified translation may be provided by your home institution.

For further information about programme admissions for September 2019 entry, please read through the materials in the below hyperlinks which are also available for viewing at the homepage of Taught Postgraduate Admissions of the University of Hong Kong.

1. I am a final year student of Master of Social Science in
Counseling. I have completed my honours bachelor degree majoring in Psychology few years ago, am I eligible to apply for the Doctor of Psychology in Educational Psychology programme at your department?

No, the entry requirement of Doctor of Psychology in Educational Psychology requires a recognized master degree in educational psychology with professional training (i.e. with practicum).


2. Where can I obtain certified true copies of my transcripts and graduation certificates?

Applicants can have their documents duly declared as true copies before a notary public (e.g. a Commissioner for Oaths at District Offices of the Home Affairs Department.
(http://www.had.gov.hk/en/public_services/public_enquiry_services/provided.htm)
Copies of documents maybe certified by the appropriate officials of your home institute if you are an overseas applicant.


3. Besides submitting the application form online, do I need to submit any supporting documents, e.g. examination results, transcripts or certificates to support my application?

Yes, the required supporting documents shall be posted, as appropriate, directly to the Department of Psychology, Room 627, 6/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (RE: Application for the Doctor of Psychology in Educational Psychology Programme) before the application deadline (please don’t upload the supporting documents online). Your application number should be marked on each document. Transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other submitted documents which are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation in English. Certified translation may be provided by your home institution.

The University only accepts originals or certified true copies, photocopies and scanned copies are NOT accepted. All documents once submitted will NOT be returned. They will be destroyed if the application is unsuccessful.

Application procedure and admission-related enquiries:
Ms. Doris FUNG (Tel: (852) 3917 5866; Email: cwfung@hku.hk).

Programme and professional-related enquires:
Dr. Matthew Ho-tat CHU  Admission Coordinator (E-mail: matchu@hku.hk )

Answers to frequently asked questions about admissions into postgraduate programmes at The University of Hong Kong can be found here as well as the FAQ webpage of the PsyD programme at the Department of Psychology. Please read through the materials in the above-mentioned webpages THOROUGHLY FIRST. Oftentimes, information requested can readily be found in these webpages.

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