Research-based graduate programmes (namely the PhD and Master's degrees in certain disciplines) generally have the following common elements: coursework; graduate seminar; and thesis component.
Research degree programme includes an element of coursework in the same or related fields. This provides a graduate-level foundation and prepares the student for research. The recommended coursework component comprises two to six modules for the Master's and 6 to 15 modules for the PhD programmes. Exceptionally, the Senate may approve variations with adequate justifications. Graduate-level modules (i.e. level-5000 and above) are generally expected to be 4 MCs each. Nonetheless, to enable a student to build expertise in a new field, modules below level-5000 may be allowed, up to 25% of the total MC requirement for the coursework component, subject to the approval of the supervisor and Department.
To cultivate a strong research culture among graduate students, the required coursework includes a ‘graduate/doctoral seminar' in which Faculty members, graduate students, and visitors present current research.
Research candidates have to submit their theses for examination (after being approved by the supervisor(s) and Head of Department) by the maximum period of candidature. The thesis is not measured by MCs.