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 programmes 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 2 to 6 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. Thesis component 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.
The Graduate Diploma programme and various Master's degree programmes are offered under the coursework structure.
The Graduate Diploma programme requires a minimum of 24 MCs, of which at least 18 MCs must be at level-5000 or 6000 within the subject or related disciplines.
Coursework Master's programmes generally fall into one of the two structures as described below. Under both structures, at least 30 of the total MCs must be at level-5000 or 6000 within the subject or related disciplines. The remaining credits may be from other levels in the same or other disciplines.
A coursework Master's programme may also allow the option of a project or dissertation at level-5000 or 6000 at a maximum of 16 MCs.