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PhD & MPhil Studies

Research Degrees

The Department offers MPhil and PhD programmes, both of which 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 candidates field of study which describes and summarizes the research undertaking 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

A full-time candidate registered provisionally for the MPhil degree is subject to a probationary period of up to 12 months (for a parttime 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.

Periods of Study

The following table shows the normal and maximum periods of study for various research degree programmes.

PhD Degree
Study Mode Normal Study Period Maximum Study Period
Full-time 3 years* 5 years
  4 years 6 years
Part-time 6 years* 7 years
  8 years 9 years

* The normal period of study for these PhD students is based on the possession of a relevant Master's degree as deternibed by the DRC.

MPhil Degree
Study Mode Normal Study Period Maximum Study Period
Full-time 2 years 3 years
Part-time 4 years 5 years