Programme Structure

Programme Structure

Doctor of Philosophy

Coursework element

Research degree programme includes an element of coursework in the same or related fields. This provides a graduate-level foundation and prepares the student for research. The doctoral coursework component comprises not less than 24 MCs (typically 6 graduate modules). Students of some departments may be required to read additional modules.

Doctoral students are expected to achieve a CAP of at least 3.50 in the best 6 modules (equivalent of 24 MCs), inclusive of core modules (if any).

English language requirements (for international students) include having to take and obtain at least a Grade C) in the Graduate English Course (Advanced level).

Doctoral Seminar

To cultivate a strong research culture among graduate students, the required coursework includes a “doctoral seminar”.

A doctoral student is required to attend seminars and also deliver presentations of his/her research work.  Participation in seminars is an integral part of graduate study as it helps to enhance knowledge, broaden research outlook, sharpens thinking and improves communication skills.

A ‘Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory’ grade is awarded on the basis of attendance, presentation and document submission. All research students are also expected to obtain a satisfactory grade for the seminar module.

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination

A doctoral candidate must complete a prescribed set of modules before proceeding to the Ph.D. Qualifying examination (QE). The QE comprises a comprehensive written examination and an oral defence of the Ph.D. thesis proposal. The comprehensive written examination tests the general competence of the candidate in his/her discipline(s), while the oral defence ensures that the candidate is prepared to embark on his/her thesis research. The QE should usually be taken 12 to 24 months from the start of the Ph.D. candidature.

Doctoral students are expected to pass both the written comprehensive examination and the oral defence.

Thesis component

The Ph.D. requires a 40,000-word thesis.

Oral Defence Examination

Doctoral candidates are required to undergo and pass an oral examination before a panel chaired by the candidates’ Head of Department and two examiners of the Ph.D. thesis. Doctoral students are required to pass their oral defence thesis examination before they are conferred their doctoral degree.

Master of Engineering

Coursework element

Research degree programme includes an element of coursework in the same or related fields. This provides a graduate-level foundation and prepares the student for research. The coursework component comprises not less than 16 MCs (typically 4 graduate modules) for M.Eng. students. Students of some departments may be required to read additional modules.

Master’s students are expected to achieve a CAP of at least 3.00 in the best 4 modules (equivalent of 16 MCs), inclusive of core modules (if any).

English language requirements (for international students) include having to take and obtain at least a Grade C) in the Graduate English Course (Intermediate level).

Graduate Seminar

To cultivate a strong research culture among graduate students, the required coursework includes a “graduate seminar”.

A master’s student is required to attend seminars and also deliver presentations of his/her research work.  Participation in seminars is an integral part of graduate study as it helps to enhance knowledge, broaden research outlook, sharpens thinking and improves communication skills.

A ‘Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory’ grade is awarded on the basis of attendance, presentation and document submission. All research students are also expected to obtain a satisfactory grade for the seminar module

Thesis component

The Master’s programme requires the completion of a thesis not exceeding 30,000 words.