Current Students

General Coursework Requirement

Introduction

In addition to the traditional one-to-one mode of supervision, the incorporation of coursework into the MPhil/4-year PhD programmes serves to provide a form of structural supervision. The Graduate School courses aim to provide students from all faculties some basic knowledge on thesis writing and research skills and methods. They do not aim to provide students with the discipline-specific knowledge that the faculty/school/departmental courses will provide.

(A) Coursework Component for MPhil and 4-year PhD Students
(B) Courses Offered by Other Local UGC-Funded Tertiary Institutions under the Cross-Institutional Course Enrollment Scheme
(C) Courses Offered under the Joint Centre for Advanced Studies (JCAS)
(D) 3-Year PhD Students 
(E) English Enhancement Opportunities 
(F) Assessment
(G) Application for Exemption
(H) Cancellation Policy

 

(A) Coursework Component for MPhil and 4-year PhD Students

The coursework component is compulsory for all MPhil students and 4-year PhD students unless exemption is granted by the Graduate School under exceptional circumstances. The coursework component includes courses required by the Graduate School and the Faculty/Department/School.

(1) Graduate School Coursework Requirements:

Requirements for students registered in or after September 2021:

Two compulsory components (6 modules in total) of Graduate School:

(i) Researcher Development Training (14 hours) : 

(a) Module 1: GRSC6100 Doing Research @ HKU (2 hours)

(b) Module 2: Introduction to Qualitative/Quantitative Research Methods (3 hours)
-  GRSC6106  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (Humanities); or
-  GRSC6104  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Humanities); or
-  GRSC6107  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (Sciences); or
-  GRSC6105  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Sciences)

Faculties/Departments/Schools below offer courses in lieu of Module 2 to their students. Please refer to the table below for details.

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GS Courses
Faculties /Departments /Schools Courses
in lieu of the GS courses
Applicable ONLY to students of the course-offering Faculties /Departments /Schools specified 
Course  Course Name 
GRSC6104/GRSC6106 CHIN6001 Research Methods in Chinese Studies School of Chinese
CHMD7001 Research Methods in the Humanistic Study of Science, Technology, Medicine, and Health Centre for the Humanities and Medicine
ENGL7011 Research Methods School of English
ARTH6002 Research Methods in Art History School of Humanities (Art History)

ARTH7001

Art History: Goals, Methods, and Writing School of Humanities (Art History)
HIST6002 Historical Documents School of Humanities (History) 
LING6001 Research Methods in Linguistics School of Humanities (Linguistics)
MAAL6028 Introduction to Research Methods Centre for Applied English Studies
MUSI7001 Research Methods in Music School of Humanities (Music)
PHIL6820 Graduate Seminar in Research Methods School of Humanities (Philosophy)
SMLC7003 Research Methods (The Humanities and Area Studies) Faculty of Arts
GRSC6104 LING2071 Introductory statistics for the humanities School of Humanities (Linguistics)
LING2072 Advanced statistics for the humanities School of Humanities (Linguistics)

GRSC6104 /GRSC6105 /GRSC6106 /GRSC6107

ARCH6057*  Seminar for Research Students Department of Architecture

RECO6021*

Research Seminar I Department of Real Estate and Construction
RECO6022* Research Seminar II Department of Real Estate and Construction
UPAD7001* Research Design Seminar Series Department of Urban Planning and Design
* Courses are opened to all RPg students of the Faculty of Architecture (limited quota applies).
BUSM6001 Research Methods for Business Studies Faculty of Business and Economics
ECON6005 Econometric Theory I
DENT6023 Oral Epidemiology and Clinical Research Methodology Faculty of Dentistry
DENT6024 Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Dental Research
DENT6025 Multivariable Statistical Analysis in Dental Research and Use of Statistical Software
LLAW6022 Advanced Research Methodology Faculty of Law
MMPH6002 Introduction to Biostatistics  School of Public Health
BIOL6007 Biostatistics School of Biological Sciences
CHEM6102 Research Techniques in Chemistry Department of Chemistry
CHEM6103 Special Topics in Chemistry
CHEM6109 Computational Chemistry
PHYS8201 Basic Research Methods in Physical Science Department of Physics
All RPg students in the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science have basic statistical knowledge and hence be granted exemption from GS Research Methods course. Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
FOSS6002 Qualitative Research Methods 1:
Data Collection and Data Management Skills
Faculty of Social Sciences
FOSS6003 Quantitative Research Methods 1:
Data Collection and Data Analysis Skills
FOSS6004 Qualitative Research Methods 2:
Interpretation and Presentation of Qualitative Findings
FOSS6005 Quantitative Research Methods 2:
Regression Analysis of Surveys
PSYC6010 Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research I Department of Psychology
PSYC6011 Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research II
SOCI6011 Ethnographic Research Methods Department of Sociology
SOWK7007 Social Work and Applied Social Science Research Methods: Theory and Applications Department of Social Work and Social Administration

EDUR6010/ EDUR6020/ EDUR6011/ EDUR6021* 

Qualitative Research Methods I/ Quantitative Research Methods 1/ Qualitative Research Methods II/ Quantitative Research Methods II Faculty of Education
*MPhil and 4-year PhD students registered in or after September 2021 in the Faculty of Education are allowed to enrol for the Graduate School’s 3-hour module on research methods in addition to, but not in lieu of, the Faculty’s compulsory 3-module foundation courses in research methods, i.e., EDUR6010, EDUR6020 and EDUR6011/EDUR6021.

GRSC6104 /GRSC6105 /GRSC6106 /GRSC6107

RECO6024 Research Seminar III Department of Real Estate and Construction

(c) Module 3: Introduction to Thesis Writing (3 hours)
-  GRSC6120  Introduction to Thesis Writing (Humanities); or
GRSC6121  Introduction to Thesis Writing (Sciences); or
-  GRSC6140  Advanced Thesis Writing (Humanities); or
-  GRSC6141  Advanced Thesis Writing (Sciences)

Some students are required to complete  GRSC6027 Intensive English for Postgraduate Students  as a prerequisite for enrolling in Introduction to Thesis Writing . GS will inform these students individually in writing [ref: (E) below].

Faculties/Departments/Schools below offer courses in lieu of Module 3 to their students. Please refer to the table below for details.

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GS Courses 
Faculties/Departments/Schools Courses
in lieu of the GS courses
Applicable ONLY to students of the course-offering Faculties/Departments/Schools specified 
Course  Course Name 
GRSC6120 ENGL6070 Introduction to Thesis Writing in English Studies School of English
HIST6011 Introduction to History Thesis Writing Faculty of Arts

EDUR7107*

Research Writing in Education

Faculty of Education
*MPhil and 4-year PhD students registered in or after September 2021 in the Faculty of Education are allowed to enrol for the Graduate School’s 3-hour module on thesis writing in addition to, but not in lieu of, the Faculty’s compulsory course in research writing, i.e. EDUR7107.

(d) Module 4: GRSC6101 Responsible Conduct of Research (3 hours)

(e) Module 5: GRSC6102 Stream-based Responsible Conduct of Research (3 hours)

(ii) Professional Development Training (12 hours) : 

(a) Module 6a: GRSC6108 Online Transferable Skills Programme; or
(b) Module 6b: GRSC6138 Transferable Skills Retreat.

Faculties/Departments/Schools below offer courses in lieu of Online Transferable Research Skills Programme to their students. Please refer to the table below for details.

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GS Courses 
Faculties/Departments/Schools Courses
in lieu of the GS courses
Applicable ONLY to students of the course-offering Faculties/Departments/Schools specified 
Course  Course Name 
GRSC6108 BIOL8022 Science Communication School of Biological Sciences

 

Requirements for students registered between September 2013 to August 2021:

Four compulsory courses of Graduate School:

(i) Thesis Writing : 

GRSC6001  Introduction to Thesis Writing; or
GRSC6020  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
GRSC6021  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Sciences & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6040  Advanced Thesis Writing (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6041  Advanced Thesis Writing (The Sciences & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6120  Introduction to Thesis Writing (Humanities)^; or
-  GRSC6121  Introduction to Thesis Writing (Sciences)^; or
-  GRSC6140  Advanced Thesis Writing (Humanities)^; or
-  GRSC6141  Advanced Thesis Writing (Sciences)^.

Some students are required to complete  GRSC6027 Intensive English for Postgraduate Students  as a prerequisite for enrolling in Introduction to Thesis Writing . GS will inform these students individually in writing [ref: (E) below].

^ Offered from 2021-22.

(ii) Research Ethics for Graduate Students :

GRSC6029  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Business and Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences); or
GRSC6030  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Arts and Architecture); or
GRSC6031   Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry); or
GRSC6032  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Engineering); or
GRSC6033  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Science); or
-  GRSC6101 Responsible Conduct of Research^ and GRSC6102 Stream-based Responsible Conduct of Research^.

^ Offered from 2021-22.

(iii) Transferable Skills :

GRSC6008  Transferable Skills; or
GRSC6038  HKU Transferable Research Skills Course/ Transferable Skills Retreat; or
GRSC6039  International Transferable Research Skills Programme; or
GRSC6108 Online Transferable Skills Programme^; or
GRSC6138 Transferable Skills Retreat^.

^ Offered from 2021-22.

(iv) Research Methods :

-  GRSC6034  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6035  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6036  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6037  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6042  Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods (Prerequisite: This course is designed for students who are familiar with basic statistical concepts); or
-  GRSC6007  Applied Quantitative Research Methods (Prerequisite: Students who are able to provide documentary evidence that they possess basic knowledge in measurement and statistical concepts); or
-  GRSC6104  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Humanities)^; or
-  GRSC6105  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Sciences)^; or
-  GRSC6106  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (Humanities)^; or
-  GRSC6107  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (Sciences)^.

^ Offered from 2021-22.

For Faculty/Departmental/School courses in lieu of GS compulsory courses, please refer to the tables above (under "Requirements for students registered in or after September 2021") for details.

Requirements for students registered before September 2013:

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(i) Graduate School Core Course I * (24 hours):

GRSC6001  Introduction to Thesis Writing; or
GRSC6020  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
GRSC6021  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Sciences & Related Disciplines).

For students who have been notified individually by the Graduate School to take GRSC6027 ‘Intensive English for Postgraduate Students’ , enrollment in GRSC6001/6020/6021 is restricted to those who must have passed GRSC6027.

*Students from the School of English and School of Chinese may take ENGL6070 Introduction to Thesis Writing in English Studies and CHIN6004 Introduction to Thesis Writing in Chinese respectively in lieu of GRSC6001 or GRSC6020. Students from the Faculty of Arts may take HIST6011 Introduction to History Thesis Writing, SMLC7004 Thesis Writing (The Humanities and Area Studies) or HUMA7001 Introduction to Thesis Writing (Critical Humanities) in lieu of GRSC6001 or GRSC6020. Enrollment in HIST6011, SMLC7004 and HUMA7001 from students other than the School of Humanities (History), School of Modern Languages and Cultures, and School of Humanities respectively is subject to the approval of the respective DRPCs, and will be considered on individual basis.

(ii) Graduate School Core Course II - Basic Research Skills and Methods (24 hours consisting of two 12-hour courses):
For students enrolled between September 2009 - August 2013
(a) one 12-hour compulsory module :
-  GRSC6009  Research Ethics for Graduate Students
Please note that GRSC6009 Research Ethics for Graduate Students was replaced by the following five courses with effect from 2013-14. Students should choose their research ethics course according to the Faculty they belong .
GRSC6029  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Business and Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences); or
GRSC6030  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Arts and Architecture); or
GRSC6031  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry); or
GRSC6032  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Engineering); or
GRSC6033  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Science).

Students wishing to enroll in the course not intended for their home Faculty must seek approval from supervisor and the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. A request form is downloadable here. Change of research ethics course is however not advisable.

(b) one 12-hour elective module chosen from the list below** :
GRSC6002  Making Your Writing Clear
GRSC6003  Reporting on Other Researchers’ Work
GRSC6004  Effective Academic Presentations
(Students have to pass an assessment test conducted by the  Centre for Applied English Studies  to confirm a place on this module.)
GRSC6007  Applied Quantitative Research Methods
(Prerequisite: Students who are able to provide documentary evidence that they possess basic knowledge in measurement and statistical concepts)
GRSC6008  Transferable Skills
GRSC6010  Logic, Critical Thinking, and Creativity
GRSC6014  How to Publish Your Research (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
(Prerequisite: GRSC6001/6020/6021 Introduction to Thesis Writing)
GRSC6015  How to Publish Your Research (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
(Prerequisite: GRSC6001/6020/6021 Introduction to Thesis Writing)
GRSC6018  Qualitative Research Methods
GRSC6022  Basic Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6023  Basic Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6024  Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
(Prerequisite: GRSC6022/6023 Basic Quantitative Research Methods)
GRSC6025  Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
(Prerequisite: GRSC6022/6023 Basic Quantitative Research Methods)
GRSC6026  Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Data
(Prerequisite: Students must have their own set of research data for analyzing.)
GRSC6028  Biological Safety
GRSC6034  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6035  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6036  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6037  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)


For students enrolled before September 2009
- two 12-hour elective modules chosen from (b) above

** Students from the Faculty of Arts may take ENGL6068 "Foundations of Euro-American Critical Theory" or ENGL6071 "Foundations in Language and Human Communication" in lieu of the elective module of the Graduate School Core Course II "Basic Research Skills and Methods".

** Students in the Faculty of Education may choose to take one of the following Faculty courses in lieu of the elective module of the Graduate School Core Course II:
EDUR7050 Measurement in Educational Research
EDUR7051 Design-based Research
EDUR7052 Questionnaire Development and Validation
EDUR7053 Making Your Research More Effective through Technology
EDUR7054 Regression Analysis and Modeling in Educational Research
EDUR7055 Quantitative Research Methods in Educational Research
EDUR7056 Regression (Part A)
EDUR7057 Experimental Design (Part A)
EDUR7058 Regression (Part B)
EDUR7059 Experimental Design (Part B)
EDUR7060 The Use of Qualitative Data in Educational Research
EDUR7061 Critical Discourse Analysis in Educational Research
EDUR7062 Doing Fieldwork in Educational Settings
EDUR7063 Introducing Critical Qualitative Research
EDUR7064 Comparative Education Research: Approaches and Methods
EDUR7065 The Use of Small Groups for Teaching and Learning in Classrooms
EDUR7066 Working with Qualitative Data
EDUR7067 Planning and Conducting Classroom-based Research
EDUR7068 Developing Conceptual Frameworks and Theorizing in Educational Research
EDUR7069 Interactional Ethnography
EDUR7100 Learning to Do Case Study Research: A Practical Approach
EDUR7103 Factor Analysis
EDUR7104 Structural Equation Modeling

(2) Faculty/School/Department Coursework Requirements:

Please refer to the Graduate School website (Information for Current Students > Coursework Enrolment > Faculty/Departmental Courses) for detailed Faculty/Department/School coursework requirements.

Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Architecture 1 2
For students registered on or after January 2016, please see below:
1 3
Real Estate & Construction  2 2
For students registered between September 2011 and August 2014, please see below:
1 2
Urban Planning & Design 2 2
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Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Centre for Applied English Studies  1 2
Centre for the Humanities and Medicine 1 2
School of Chinese 2 0
School of English  3 1
School of Humanities  
   - Comparative Literature  0 3
   -  Art History 1 0
   - Gender Studies 0 3
   - History 4 0
   - Linguistics  2 2
   - Music  1 0
For students registered before September 2017, please see below:
4 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
0
   - Philosophy 2 0
School of Modern Languages and Cultures 2 0
Centre of Buddhist Studies 1 2
Area/ Field of Study          Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Accounting 6 (MPhil)
6 (PhD)
1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
For students registered before September 2021, please see below:
6 2
For students registered before September 15, 2017, please see below:
1 3
Economics 3 (MPhil)
7 (PhD)
3 (MPhil)
3 (PhD)
For students registered before September 2021, please see below:
3 (MPhil)
9 (PhD)
3 (MPhil)
1 (PhD)
For students registered before September 15, 2017, please see below:
3 (MPhil)
10 (3-year PhD)
12 (4-year PhD)
3 (MPhil)
1 (3-year PhD)
1 (4-year PhD)
Finance 3 (MPhil)
7 (PhD)
3 (MPhil)
3 (PhD)
For students registered before September 15, 2017, please see below:
3 (MPhil)
10 (3-year PhD)
12 (4-year PhD)
3 (MPhil)
1 (3-year PhD)
1 (4-year PhD)
Innovation and Information Management  4 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
2 (MPhil)
5 (PhD)
For students registered before September 2021, please see below:
3 3
For students registered before September 15, 2017, please see below:
1 3
Management and Strategy 6 (MPhil)
7 (PhD)
0 (MPhil)
1 (PhD)
For students registered before September 2021, please see below:
3 2
For students registered before September 2019, please see below:
1 3
Marketing 2 (except Quantitative subfield)
4 (Quantitative subfield)
2 (except Quantitative subfield)
3 (Quantitative subfield)
For students registered before September 15, 2017, please see below:
1 3
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
  3 0
Area of Study       Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
All areas of study except for Speech and Hearing Sciences (and other specified areas, if any) For students registered in or after September 2021:
2 2
For students registered between September 2016 and August 2021:
1 2
Speech and Hearing Sciences For students registered in or after September 2021:
3 1
For students registered before September 2021:
3 0
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Civil Engineering  1 3 (MPhil)
4 (PhD) 
Computer Science

For students registered between February 2013 and January 2017, please see below:

1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)

For students registered in February 2017 and thereafter, please see below:

1 (MPhil)
1 (PhD)
1 (MPhil)
3 (PhD)
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1 3 (MPhil)
4-5 (PhD)
Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering For students registered before September 2019, please see below:
1 (MPhil)
1 (PhD)
2 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students registered in or after September 2019, please see below:
2 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
1 (MPhil)
3 (PhD)
Mechanical Engineering For students registered before September 2019, please see below:
1 2 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students registered in or after September 2019, please see below:
1 1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
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Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
  1 2
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Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Faculty Compulsory Course(s) Department Compulsory Course(s) Elective course(s) 
School of Biological Sciences 1

2 (For students in the Research Division for Ecology and Biodiversity)

1 (For students in the Research Division of Molecular and Cell Biology)

2
Chemistry 1 1 2
Earth Sciences 1 1 2
Mathematics 1 1 3 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students registered before January 2015, please see below:
1 1 3
Physics 1 1 3
Statistics & Actuarial Science 1 4 1
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Geography 2 0
Politics & Public Administration 2 0
Psychology

3

(21 for PhD in Clinical Psychology and 17 for Educational Psychology)

2 (MPhil)
3 (PhD)
(1 for PhD with a specialization in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology) 
Social Work & Social Administration 3 2
Sociology 4 0
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities & Social Sciences (Inc. the Centre of Asian Studies) 1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD) 
2 (MPhil)
2 (PhD) 
Journalism and Media Studies Centre 1 1 - 2

Important Note:

By the end of the probationary period, students should have passed all Graduate School compulsory courses and at least 50% of the Faculty/Departmental/School courses required. Students who fail to do so will have to apply for extension of probation with their home Faculties. ALL coursework requirements must be completed before thesis submission.

 
 

(B) Courses Offered by Other Local UGC-Funded Tertiary Institutions under the Cross-Institutional Course Enrollment Scheme

There has been agreement among the eight local UGC-funded tertiary institutions on opening up the research postgraduate courses for cross-institution enrollment. Students who find the course(s) useful to their studies may, with the endorsement of the supervisor and the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC), apply for the course(s) using the paper form.  Please click here for the detailed application procedures . Different universities have different application deadlines. Students should check the details on the websites.

The assessment result(s) of the course(s) taken under this scheme will be recorded in the transcript of HKU on a pass/fail basis. MPhil and 4-year PhD students are allowed to take courses from these institutions in lieu of HKU courses to fulfill up to 50% of the Faculty/Departmental/School coursework requirements. Students should seek prior approval for course substitution from their supervisor and Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee.

 

(C) Courses Offered under the Joint Centre for Advanced Studies (JCAS)

The Joint Centre for Advanced Study (JCAS) is a joint effort among The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in response to the initiative of The University Grants Committee of Hong Kong in the development of strategic alliances and deep collaboration in higher education.

Students may refer to this  link  for more information. Students who are interested in taking courses under this scheme should approach the departments of their home institutions for advice and complete the regular procedures of course registration at their home institution. Additionally, students should fill in the Student Record Form and return it to the Graduate School. The Student Record Form is downloadable from Graduate School website . The result(s) of the course(s) taken under the JCAS scheme will be recorded in the transcript of HKU on a pass/fail basis.

Students who enrolled in courses under JCAS scheme and have to travel to other universities to attend courses may apply for a traveling subsidy. The Graduate School will inform the relevant students of the application procedure.

 

(D) 3-Year PhD Students

A candidate registered for the 3-year degree programme shall be required to complete the coursework component on research conduct offered or approved by the Graduate School if he/she has not yet completed equivalent training in previous research degree programmes. Students who have had equivalent training may apply for course exemption. The application form can be downloaded here.

The following coursework component on research conduct are on offer:

     GRSC6101 Responsible Conduct of Research and GRSC6102 Stream-based Responsible Conduct of Research.

The Graduate School offers a module ‘GRSC6100 Doing Research@HKU’, which acquaints new RPg students with the mission of HKU postgraduate education and provides them with a broad overview of the basics of conducting research at HKU. The module is compulsory for MPhil and 4-year PhD students registered in or after September 2021, while new 3-year PhD students are also encouraged to attend. Students can enroll for the module following the normal course selection procedures.

3-year PhD students may take the courses offered to MPhil and 4-year PhD students if they find them relevant to their studies. Once they are officially enrolled in the courses, their assessment results whether pass or fail will all be recorded in their transcripts.

Some Faculties/Departments/Schools may require 3-year PhD students to complete a number of courses as part of the degree requirement. Students should consult the Faculty/Departmental/School Office for details.

 

(E) English Enhancement Opportunities

To provide more English enhancement opportunities for research postgraduate students, the course  GRSC6027 Intensive English for Postgraduate Students  has been offered since September 2009. Students admitted in the academic year 2009-10 and thereafter will be identified of their need of English enhancement by their TOFEL or IELTS scores upon admission and those required to take the course will be notified individually by the Graduate School.

 

(F) Assessment

All courses taken by research postgraduate students are assessed on a pass/fail basis. Students who fail a course at the first attempt may be re-examined in the same course or an alternative course as determined by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committees. A student who has not satisfied the examiners in any course (which, for this purpose, includes the alternative course) in a second attempt may be required to discontinue his or her studies.

 

(G) Application for Exemption

Students who have successfully completed the required course(s) or equivalent(s), either from HKU or a comparable institution, may apply for course exemption. The application form can be downloaded here.

Students can apply for exemption from the compulsory Graduate School coursework components if they meet the following criteria:

Graduate School modules Course exemption criteria
Introduction to Qualitative/Quantitative Research Methods successfully completed and passed the required course(s) or equivalent(s), either from HKU or a comparable institution
Introduction to Thesis Writing
Responsible Conduct of Research & Stream-based Responsible Conduct of Research
Online Transferable Research Skills Programme
  • successfully completed and passed the required course(s) or equivalent(s), either from HKU or a comparable institution;
    OR 
  • possessed full-time work experience for at least 6 months

Exemption from courses is subject to the approval of the Graduate School on a case-by-case basis, taking into account individual circumstances.

 

(H) Cancellation Policy

The Graduate School reserves the right to cancel any course with insufficient enrollment number. In case of course cancellation, students concerned will be informed by email immediately after the Course Enrollment Period.