A rigorous system is used to prepare the candidates into the research phase. In the initial stage of the PhD study, the candidates are required to pass a Qualifying Examination.
In the first 12 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in (i) and (ii) below:
- Attend classes and pass the examinations of
Submit an in-depth literature review of an approved research topic
- 4 graduate level courses chosen from the University's Master-degree coursework programmes or from approved special topic courses and
obtain an overall average Grade B, and no course should have a Grade below C+
In the first 24 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in (i) and (ii) above.
Exemption of courses
Exemption of courses may be granted by the Dean if you are deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a graduate level programme at a recognised university. You would have to complete a minimum of three courses after allowing for exemptions.
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