Programme Structure

Programme Structure

Coursework programmes leading to the Master of Science (M.Sc.) are normally conducted in the evenings and are awarded once the candidates pass the relevant examinations in a prescribed number of subjects. Students may enrol in any of these programmes on a part-time or full-time basis. Typically the study workload for students are as follow:

Part Time

  • Classes

    Normally take 2 modules each semester (i.e. generally attend lectures 2 evenings per week).#

  • Maximum workload per semester

    12 MCs*

  • Period of candidature

    • Minimum residency: 50% of required MCs
    • Maximum period: 8 semesters / 4 years

Full Time

  • Classes

    Normally take 3-5 modules each semester (i.e. generally attend lectures between 3-5 evenings per week).#

  • Maximum workload per semester

    16 – 20 MCs*

  • Period of candidature

    • Minimum residency: 50% of required MCs
    • Maximum period: 4 semesters / 2 years
*A graduate module is normally equivalent to 4 MCs.

# Candidates who intend to take more than or fewer than the prescribed number of modular credits in a given Semester should seek approval from the respective Heads of Departments within the first two Instructional weeks of that Semester.

Graduate classes (including lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions) are usually conducted in the evenings from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm from Mondays to Fridays.

The graduation requirements include obtaining a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00 (equivalent to an average of Grade of B-) for the best 40 modular credits (MCs), inclusive of core modules, where required. Of the 40 MCs, at least 30 MCs must be at graduate level within the subject or in a related discipline, the remaining credits may be from other levels in the same or other disciplines as approved by the Department. Additional module requirement applies if candidates decide to opt for a specialisation.

The English Language requirement, where relevant, is in addition to the coursework requirements. Graduate English courses are excluded from the CAP computation. English language requirements (for international students) include having to take and obtain at least a Grade C in the Graduate English Course (s) at the Basic (ES5000) and Intermediate level (ES5001A).

For detailed degree requirements and area of specialisations available, please refer to Graduate Programmes Overview – Coursework