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Programme Description

This programme aims to cultivate students with professional ethics and a global perspective for teaching the subject of history in secondary schools. To achieve this aim, graduates of the programme are expected to possess the relevant pedagogical and curriculum development skills as well as disciplinary knowledge with an emphasis on historical issues of modern times. Graduates will also possess critical thinking skills to solve problems in a logical and creative way; be able to communicate and interact effectively with others in social and professional contexts; and demonstrate global awareness with high standard of morality.

Study Mode Normal Period of Study JUPAS Code EdUHK Programme Code
Full-time 5 Years JS8381 A5B077
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Programme Structure

Domain Credit Points (cps)
(a) Major
  • Discipline Studies - History Major
  • Cross-Faculty Core Course
  • Major Interdisciplinary Course
(b) Education Studies 30
(c) Final Year Project 6
(d) Field Experience 20
(e) Electives (including optional Second Major / Minor) 30
(f) General Education 22
(g) Language Enhancement 9
Total: 156

(1) Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Sports Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre as decided by the University.
(2) Field Experience, internship, overseas trips and immersion may be affected by the pandemic situation. Appropriate alternative arrangements will be made if outbound activities are suspended.
(3) Students admitted into this programme are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and/or other parts of Mainland China. Programme may also require students to participate in other non-local learning experience for completion of the programme. While the visits are heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute part of the estimated cost of the visits ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the visits for students admitted to the 2024/25 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the visits as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available. 
(4) Starting from the 2024/25 cohort, students admitted to the full-time Bachelor of Education and Double Degree programmes are required to fulfil the “Exit Requirements for Teachers’ Professional Conduct and Ethics”, which consists of three components: 1) Fulfilment of assessment requirements of Field Experience; 2) Satisfactory completion of two required courses related to Teachers’ Professional Conduct and Ethics; 3) Fulfilment of relevant co-curricular requirement. 

The major, including the History major courses, cross-faculty core course and major interdisciplinary courses, is designed to foster students’ knowledge in history across the broadly conceived areas – Foundation of Historical Studies, History of Modern Hong Kong, History of Modern China, History of Modern Southeast Asia and Japan, Conflicts and Peace in the Twentieth-Century World, Cooperation and Prosperity in the Twentieth-Century World and Advanced Historical Studies.


List of History Major Courses
  • China: Reform and Revolution from Late Qing to 1949
  • Introduction to Historical Ideas and Practices
  • Life in the Ancient World
  • Modern Hong Kong: From Opium War to Basic Law
  • Modern Japan and its Neighbors since the mid-19th Century
  • Origins of the Modern World
  • Revolution and Modernity: History of the PRC
  • The Cold War: Conflict and Cooperation
  • The Making of Modern Asia: Decolonization and Independence
  • Topics in Global History: United States History
  • World War and World Peace


List of Major Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Digital Humanities
  • Language and the Human Footprint
  • Language and Well-being

Education Studies gives students the chance to study teaching and learning from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will study early childhood/school education from psychological, sociological, philosophical, pedagogical and other perspectives. Students will develop a range of skills necessary for professional practice, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, social interaction, ethical decision making and global perspectives. Education Studies helps students appreciate the importance of professional excellence, ethical responsibility and innovation to the role of a teacher. We aim for our graduates to become teachers who are caring and competent, intellectually enthusiastic, socially committed, and globally aware.


List of Education Studies Core
  • Basic Psychology for Educators: Useful Concepts from Educational and Positive Psychology
  • Philosophical and Socio-cultural Issues in Education
  • Effective Teaching and Positive Classroom Learning Environment
  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • School Guidance and Managing Diversity
  • Teachers and Teaching in Context


List of Pedagogy for Major Courses
  • History: Curriculum and Methods I
  • History: Curriculum and Methods II

The EdUHK’s General Education programme prepares students to be active agents of change, by broadening their intellectual horizons, helping them make connections among different areas of knowledge and between their formal studies and life outside the classroom, and strengthening their capacity for sound thinking and good judgement. It offers a varied but balanced mix of individual courses across a range of subject areas and disciplines, set within an integrated structure of (i) General Education Foundation Course, (ii) Experiential Learning, (iii) General Education Breadth Courses, and (iv) University ePortfolio, with a total of 22 cps.

The Final Year Project comprises of two courses:

  • Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Introduction of Research Methods and Proposal
  • Honours Project II / Capstone Project II: A one-year project to be conducted in the final year.

On top of the major courses, electives provide greater flexibility and multiple learning pathways for undergraduate students to develop their interests and explore their career aspirations. The following options will be available for students’ choice in the Electives Domain of the curriculum:

  • Free electives available in the Elective Course List and General Education or other elective courses recognised by the Programme;
  • Second Major;
  • one / two Minors;
  • any combination of the above.

Students will be placed in schools, which are important sites for learning to teach and where they will have the opportunity to practise, interpret, generate, and experiment with theory. Block Practice for local students will be conducted in local schools. Non-local students may conduct their Block Practice at local schools or schools outside Hong Kong, such as mainland-based schools catering to Hong Kong pupils and offering the Hong Kong curriculum (內地設立港人子弟學校). The medium of instruction for Block Practice may vary depending on the policy of the schools. Students should be able to demonstrate a proficient level of Cantonese/English/Putonghua to conduct Block Practice.

  • Field Experience I - FE Foundation Course
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio I
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio II
  • Field Experience II - Block Practice I
  • Field Experience III - Block Practice II

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher education programmes to declare whether they have been convicted of or are being prosecuted for any sex-related offence in Hong Kong or elsewhere, and to provide relevant details prior to undertaking teaching practice. Such information may be released to their placement schools. The University reserves the right not to allow these students to attend the block teaching practice. If so, they won't be able to meet the graduation requirements of the programmes.

The University is committed to nurturing graduates who will acquire trilingual proficiency in English, Putonghua and Chinese.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The programme aims to produce committed secondary school history teachers who are eligible to apply to become fully qualified and registered teachers in Hong Kong.  Graduates of the history programme should also be capable of taking up non-teaching positions in editing, journalism, or curatorship.


Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable. 

EdUHK is one of the teacher education providers in Hong Kong. Graduates of the University’s teacher education programmes are eligible to apply to become fully qualified and registered teachers. As regards teacher registration, graduates should approach the Teacher Registration Team of the Education Bureau (EDB) to submit applications directly. All applications will be assessed by the EDB which will consider, among other things, whether an applicant has been convicted of any criminal offence (including sex-related offences) in Hong Kong or elsewhere, or is involved in any ongoing criminal proceedings or investigations. For details, please browse the EDB's website.

In the event of inconsistency between information in English and Chinese version or where an interpretation of the programme content is required, the decision of the University shall be final.