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Research Postgraduate Programmes(RPg)

Programme: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Programme Code : A3D054 / A2M053

Study Mode : Full-time

Programme Director : Prof. CHENG Kat Hung Dennis 

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Programme Aims & Objective

As a research student at the University, you will follow a programme of study under the guidance of a principal supervisor and a supervision committee. At the start of your programme you will draw up a plan for your research in consultation with your supervisor for completion of your thesis within the
period of registration for the degree. Your work plan and training programme will be reviewed annually in the light of your research needs and progress.

In the first year of study, you will take the core courses, which equip you with a broad coverage of the central skills and ethical and methodological issues of research in education, social sciences, humanities, languages and linguistics, and creative arts and culture. The courses, workshops and seminars provides the opportunity for you to become part of the University’s research community. You will be able to meet and discuss your work with students and staff from different academic departments and learn more about the research taking place at the University.

Upon the completion of the RPg programmes, students should be able to:

          Critically appraise the literature;

          Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories and/or polices as applied to a specialty practice area;

          Apply advanced skills in research design as well as methods for data collection and analysis appropriate for the areas of study;

          Demonstrate an understanding of and full commitment to the underlying values and ethics in the scientific inquiry in the chosen area; and

          Employ effective presentation skills for the dissemination of research results and outcomes.


PhD and MPhil Curriculum

Completion of a PhD degree normally requires 3-4 years of full-time study; completion of a MPhil degree normally requires 2 years of full-time study. Students pursuing MPhil or PhD studies are first required to register provisionally for the degree and their registration will be confirmed after successfully undertaking a Confirmation of Candidature. The Confirmation of Candidature is expected to be taken after 12 months of study. This confirmation process provides an opportunity for the students to submit and obtain recommendations on a plan for the structure of their research program, describe the investigative programme and identify the range of expertise necessary to complete the research. Application for upgrade from MPhil to PhD will be considered after confirmation of candidature and completion of the course work requirements.


Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction and assessment is English.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the 2017/18 academic year is HK$42,100 (approximately US$5,430) per annum, which is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.