Study Scheme
1. Coursework Requirement
 

1. Students are required to take ENGE8100 each term in preparation for Part I of the qualifying examination.
 

2. Upon passing Part I of the qualifying examination, students are required to take ENGE8200 each term in preparation for the thesis and Part II of the examination.
 

3. Thesis monitoring courses are listed below: ENGE8100 and ENGE8200
 

2. Qualifying Examination
 
Advancement to Ph.D. candidature is conditional upon the successful completion of the following:
 

1. Part I: A written comprehensive examination based on a general reading list approved by the Graduate Panel. The examination will take place at the end of the second term for full-time students or at the end of the third term for part-time students.Part II: An oral examination which students are expected to pass no later than the end of the fourth term for full-time students or the end of the sixth term for part-time students. The areas covered in the examination will be based on the following works submitted by the student:


(i) A paper (5,000-7,500 words) consisting of a comprehensive review of literature in the student’s area of research;

(ii) A research paper (4,000-5,000 words) focused on some issues related to the thesis. This paper should be publishable or acceptable for presentation at an academic conference;
 

(iii) A formal thesis proposal.
 

2. Students are allowed no more than two attempts at passing the qualifying examinations or parts thereof. Any second attempt must come within six months of the first one.
 

3. Applicable to students admitted on 1 August 2010 and thereafter: the maximum periods for students to pass the qualifying examinations are –
 

Degree Normative Maximum Maximum Period to Pass the Candidacy Requirement
Ph.D. (with research Master’s)
Full-time
Part-time
36 months
48 months
84 months
96 months
24 months
32 months
Ph.D. (without research Master’s)
Full-time
Part-time
48 months
64 months
84 months
96 months
36 months
48 months


 

3. Other Requirements
 

1. Students are required to submit a research thesis and pass an oral examination for graduation.
 

2. IT Proficiency Test (Please refer to “Student IT Competence”.)
 

3. If a Ph.D. student’s research involves the collection of data from a language other than Chinese or English, the study of a third language will be required. The level of proficiency needed in the third language will be decided by the Graduate Panel at the recommendation of the thesis committee.
 

4. Students found to be deficient in essential background knowledge may be required to take supplementary undergraduate or postgraduate courses concurrently.
 

5. A student who obtains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 in the preceding term or receives a failure grade in thesis monitoring courses (for Research Postgraduate Programmes) will be put on academic probation. For details, please refer to Clause 14.0 “Unsatisfactory Performance and Discontinuation of Studies” of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies which can be accessed from the Graduate School Homepage: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/gss.
 

6. Complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) module on “Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research”. This will be an online module and relevant information can be accessed from the website: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/clear/prodev/ipl.html. (Applicable to students admitted in 2001-02 and thereafter.)