9. Professional Doctorates
9.1.1Currently there are four Faculties offering PD curricula as listed below:
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Faculty of Business and Economics
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Faculty of Education
Doctor of Nursing (DNurs)
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Clinical Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Educational Psychology
Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
9.2 Quality assurance framework
9.2.1The academic standards for PDs are benchmarked against similar curricula offered by prestigious overseas universities. The Programme Director, BoE, FHDC and FTLQC all play a part in maintaining standards. External Examiners are appointed for each curriculum, with the aim of ensuring the curriculum is comparable to those offered in renowned universities. A copy of the Terms of Reference of the Boards of Examiners for Professional Doctorate Curricula is at Appendix 9.2.
9.2.2 New proposals for PDs should be considered by the FHDC (and other relevant committee(s), as necessary) prior to deliberation by the Faculty Board, the Dean of the Graduate School, AB Sub-group, AB and Senate (please refer to Chapter 3 for the Broad Guidelines for the Formulation of Proposals for New Academic Curricula and the relevant curriculum/course level templates).
9.3 Admissions9.3.1Applicants for admission should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field and some years of relevant work experience. A selection panel is formed at the Department or Faculty level to consider applications. The list of recommended candidates is then submitted to FHDC and the Faculty Board for consideration and approval.
9.5 Student feedback
9.5.1Student feedback is collected through SFTL questionnaires for coursework and through the biannual progress reports for ongoing QA and QE. Exit surveys, student-teacher consultation meetings and surveys of student learning experiences are also conducted. The feedback is considered by FHDC or FTLQC. External Examiners also play an important role in the QA and QE processes.