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  1. Period of Study

    1. Normal Period of Study The normal period of study for the completion of the approved research and study programme is 36 or 48 months (the longer period is applicable to PhD entrants who do not have a research Master’s degree) for full-time candidates and 72 months for parttime candidates.
    2. Maximum Period of Study The period of study may be extended by a maximum period of 24 months. Applications should be endorsed by the Principal Supervisor, Department Head and Faculty/School Dean/AVA Director (hereafter called Faculty Dean). Approval for extension and further extension beyond the maximum period of study rests with the Graduate School.
    3. Minimum Period of Study
      1.   The minimum period of study is 30 months for full-time candidates and 60 months for part-time candidates, except in the cases specified in sections 5.3.2 and 5.3.3 of the General Regulations below.
      2.    Full-time candidates already holding a Master’s degree in a field of study closely related to that of the PhD programme may spend a minimum period of 24 months on study and research.
      3.    Part-time candidates already holding a Master’s degree in a field of study closely related to that of the PhD programme may spend a minimum period of 36 months on study and research.
    4. For details regarding calculation of study period, please refer to section 2 of the “Guidelines and Procedures for Research Postgraduate Degrees”.