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Programme Structure

Both the PhD and MPhil degrees are research-oriented. A student is required:

  • to complete an approved programme of supervised research;
  • to present a written thesis which demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the candidate's field of study which describes and summarizes the research undertakings and findings;
  • to satisfy the Board of Examiners in an oral examination, (and any other examination if deemed necessary), on matters relevant to the subject of the thesis; and
  • to comply with supervision, attendance and all coursework requirements as laid down by the respective Faculty/ School/Department.

A full-time candidate registered provisionally for the MPhil degree is subject to a probationary period of up to 12 months (for a part-time candidate, up to 18 months). A full-time candidate registered provisionally for the PhD degree is subject to a probationary period of up to 18 months (for a part-time candidate, up to 21 months). At the end of the probationary period and after the submission of a research prospectus to the University's Committee on Graduate Studies, the candidate will be assessed and candidature will be confirmed or terminated.

Period of Study

Both the PhD and MPhil degree programmes may be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time mode.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Period Full-time Part-time
Minimum period 24*/30 months 36*/60 months
Normal period 36/48** months 72 months
Maximum period 60 months 96 months
* The shorter period is applicable to PhD entrants who possess a Master's degree in a closely related field.
** The longer period is applicable to PhD entrants who do not possess a research Master's degree. A studentship is normally provided for 36 months. If students wish to extend to beyond 36 months, they should apply in writing, with the recommendation of the Dean, for approval by the Academic Registrar, at a time when he/she has pursued his/her studies for 24-30 months.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Period Full-time Part-time
Minimum period 21 months 36 months
Normal period 24 months 48 months
Maximum period 48 months 72 months

Coursework

MPhil and PhD Candidates should successfully complete a minimum of 9 and 12 units of coursework respectively, as laid down by their respective Faculty/School, 3 units of exemption may be allowed for whom have a relevant Master's degree. Each course carries 2-3 units per semester/trimester/term.

Make-up courses and laboratory courses which are required to cover the candidate's deficiencies are not counted towards the coursework requirements.

For candidates who have been transferred from MPhil candidature and have successfully completed the MPhil coursework requirements, the units gained in their MPhil coursework requirements can be counted towards their PhD coursework requirements if deemed appropriate by the Faculty/School.

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