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4-Year PhD Programme

Major features of the 4-year full-time PhD programme

  1. Uniformed commencement date (beginning of the 1st semester of an academic year, or the 2nd semester for students admitted in the clearing round)

  2. A minimum of 22-unit coursework requirement

  3. Qualifying examination between 13th and 18th month
    (Students are required to satisfy all coursework requirements including Mandatory Common Core Programme (MCCP) before the qualifying examination, except for Research Seminars which should be taken throughout the course of studies.)

  4. Candidature examination by 30th month

  5. 1 to 6 months of overseas research learning experience* (e.g. overseas attachment or other comparable overseas research learning) 

  6. At least 1 oral/poster presentation, and publication before graduation (depending on disciplinary requirements)

Note: Students should also fulfill the specific requirements stipulated by individual Faculty/School.

The University has approved to relax the duration of overseas research learning experience (OA) from 3-6 months to 1-6 months in order to allow more flexibility for students to arrange and attend the OA activities either face-to-face or by virtual means with effect from September 2022.

Coursework Requirement Units

Mandatory Common Core Programme (MCCP)


#Research Seminars


#Research Methodology Course


Other Courses


*A minimum of 4 units in total, that is 0.5/1-unit for each semester.

#Students are welcome to seek course selection advice from Principal Supervisor/Department.

Overseas Research Learning Experience

Arranging Overseas Research Learning Experience

Frequently Asked Questions for Arranging Overseas Research Learning Experience