Programme Types

 

Numerous opportunities for research studies leading to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees are available. Under our outcome-based framework, research students pursue a series of compulsory and elective subjects in depth, with a view to contributing to the existing body of knowledge, as well as a research project under the supervision of an experienced academic staff member with similar research interests. You can register for either full-time or part-time study. Details of the current main research interests at PolyU can be found in the Research Areas section.

 

PhD and MPhil students must satisfactorily investigate or evaluate a chosen area, demonstrate an understanding of the context and significance of the work, display sustained independent effort and original thought and present a clear, complete thesis of a quality worthy of publication.

 

PhD students are also expected to produce evidence and argument supporting an original proposition that results in a significant contribution to the knowledge of a subject.

 

The PhD or MPhil degree is awarded to students who, on completion of an approved programme of study and research, present a thesis that embodies the results of their research and satisfy the examiners in an oral examination in matters relevant to the subject of the thesis. Students must also complete the coursework requirement before submitting their theses. The subjects are chosen by the student, with advice from the supervisor, from a wide range on offer.

 

The coursework credit requirements for different categories of students are as follows.

 

Full-time MPhil students with a two-year normal study period

Part-time MPhil students with a four-year normal study period

9 credits

Full-time PhD students with a three-year normal study period

Part-time PhD students with a six-year normal study period

15 credits

Full-time PhD students with a four-year normal study period

Part-time PhD students with an eight-year normal study period

22 credits

 

Individual programmes may impose a higher credit requirement if deemed necessary.

 

One credit is approximately equal to 40 hours of study, including attending classes, private study and examination. Please click here for information on “Credit Transfer and Subject Exemption”.