Category: Research Postgraduate Programmes (RPg)

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

Programme Code : A3D054 / A4D056 / A2M053

Study Mode : Full-time

Programme Director : Dr TRENT, John Gilbert

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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.


MPhil Programme

a. Objectives

The MPhil programme is designed to educate students as independent and innovative researchers who are well-prepared to purse research degrees at the doctoral level. Graduates of the programme are expected to have attained advanced knowledge in their chosen field and professional expertise in research techniques.


b. PILOs

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


PhD Programme

a. Objectives

The PhD programme is designed for students wishing to pursue academic or research careers in education, humanities, social sciences and cultural and creative arts. It focuses on promoting applied research with strong relevance, and advancing knowledge for professional improvement, practical innovation, and policy formulation in education and associated areas, both locally and internationally. Graduates of the programme are expected to make significant contributions to the discipline and/ or profession through continued quality research and scholarly activities.


b. PILOs

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. 

The RPg Programmes comprises 12 credit points (cps).  Students are required to take 4 core courses (3 cps for each course) to complete the requirements Students are also required to present their thesis proposal at the Qualifying Examination and Viva Examination.

Core Courses Credits
  • Conceptualizing Research
  • Research Methods I
  • Research Methods II
  • Development of Research Proposal

Students are normally required to attend classes on weekdays evening , Saturdays and occasionally during long holidays.  Any aspect of the course (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

For more information on the program-specific admission and English language requirements, please click here.

Postgraduate Studentship

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) and Departments

Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD) and Departments

Faculty of Humanities (FHM) and Departments

University-level and Faculty-level Research Centres

The medium of instruction and assessment is English.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for RPg Applicants