Students may apply for the transfer of credits from recognised previous studies. Only credits gained from subjects at postgraduate level that have not been used to contribute to an award will be acceptable for transfer. The validity period for such credit transfer for research programmes is defined to be eight years from the year of attainment at the time of admission.
The maximum number of credits transferrable is no more than 50% of the credit requirement of the research programme disregarding whether the credits were earned within or outside PolyU. Credits transferred from previous study outside PolyU will not be included in the calculation of the qualifying GPA.
A student may be exempted from taking a compulsory subject if he/she has successfully completed a similar subject previously in another programme or has already acquired the associated knowledge and skills via work experience, etc. Subject exemption is decided by the Departmental Research Committee, although students can also apply for it. If a student is exempted from taking a compulsory subject, the credits associated with the subject will not count towards the credit requirements. It will therefore be necessary for the student to take another subject, approved by the Chief Supervisor, to satisfy the credit requirements.
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