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Programme Requirements
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The PhD Programme is research-oriented. A student normally combines seminars with guided independent research in an individually designed course of study under the guidance of the supervisor and academic advisers. In addition, s/he may be required to enrol in formal courses of lectures within the Graduate Division of Education and in other divisions of the University as deemed necessary.

 

Study Scheme

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Applicable to students admitted in 2017-18 and thereafter:
(1) Coursework Requirements

   

(a)  Research-related courses
1 course to be chosen from the following:
PEDU 7301*, 7302*  1.5 unit  
2-3 courses to be chosen from the following: PEDU 6003, 6004, 6401-6406*, EXSC 6101, SSPE 6000 4.5 units
  (There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404, 6405, 7301 & 7302, please refer to Faculty Handbook – Course Descriptions for details.)
(*Students who receive failure grades in PEDU7301 or 7302 will be allowed to have make-up examinations for 1 time only within 2 months’ time. The grade for make-up examination will not be higher than grade “C”.)

 

(b) 

PEDU 8000 is a thesis monitoring course. Students are required to take PEDU 8000 every term from the time of admission, throughout the preparation of thesis, until its completion. A student normally combines seminars with guided independent research in an individually designed course of study under the guidance of the supervisor and academic advisers. In addition, s/he may be required to enroll in formal courses of lectures within the Graduate Division of Education and in other divisions of the University as deemed necessary.

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(2) Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination will consist of two parts: the student¡¦s field of specialization and one related field or a more narrowly defined sub-field within the student¡¦s field of specialization. Examinations could be conducted in sit-in or take-home format, or other format. All applications will be subject to the approval of the Graduate Panel.

    

Students are required to pass the qualifying examination within the maximum period stipulated below: (Applicable to students admitted on 1 August 2010 and thereafter): 

  With research Master's
  Full-time 30 months
  Part-time 42 months
  Without research Master's
  Full-time 42 months
  Part-time 58 months


(3) Ph.D Candidature

Students will be granted Ph.D Candidature upon completion of Coursework Requirements, with an average grade “B” for Research-related courses, and passing of the Qualifying Examination.


(4) Attending PhD Programme Annual Seminars / Doctoral Thesis Proposal Presentations

Full-time Programme    Attend not less than 15 sessions of PhD Programme annual seminar / doctoral thesis proposal presentation during normative study period
Part-time Programme    Attend 6 sessions of PhD Programme annual seminar / doctoral thesis proposal presentation during normative study period


(5) Research Ethics Training (RET)

Students are required to complete an online Research Ethics Training (RET) module on ¡§Publication Ethics¡¨ offered by the Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services (ORKTS) and obtain a valid Publication Ethics Certificate for graduation. Relevant information can be accessed from the RET website at https://www.research-ethics.cuhk.edu.hk/web/.




Applicable to students admitted in 2016-17:
(1) Coursework Requirements

   

(a)  Research-related courses
1 course to be chosen from the following:
PEDU 7301*, 7302*  1.5 unit  
2-3 courses to be chosen from the following: PEDU 6003, 6004, 6401-6406*, EXSC 6101, SSPE 6000 4.5 units
  (There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404, 6405, 7301 & 7302, please refer to Faculty Handbook – Course Descriptions for details.)
(*Students who receive failure grades in PEDU7301 or 7302 will be allowed to have make-up examinations for 1 time only within 2 months’ time. The grade for make-up examination will not be higher than grade “C”.)

 

(b) 

PEDU 8000 is a thesis monitoring course. Students are required to take PEDU 8000 every term from the time of admission, throughout the preparation of thesis, until its completion. A student normally combines seminars with guided independent research in an individually designed course of study under the guidance of the supervisor and academic advisers. In addition, s/he may be required to enroll in formal courses of lectures within the Graduate Division of Education and in other divisions of the University as deemed necessary.

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(2) Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination will consist of two parts: the student¡¦s field of specialization and one related field or a more narrowly defined sub-field within the student¡¦s field of specialization. Examinations could be conducted in sit-in or take-home format, or other format. All applications will be subject to the approval of the Graduate Panel.

    

Students are required to pass the qualifying examination within the maximum period stipulated below: (Applicable to students admitted on 1 August 2010 and thereafter): 

  With research Master's
  Full-time 30 months
  Part-time 42 months
  Without research Master's
  Full-time 42 months
  Part-time 58 months


(3) Ph.D Candidature

Students will be granted Ph.D Candidature upon completion of Coursework Requirements, with an average grade “B” for Research-related courses, and passing of the Qualifying Examination.


(4) Attending PhD Programme Annual Seminars / Doctoral Thesis Proposal Presentations

Full-time Programme    Attend not less than 15 sessions of PhD Programme annual seminar / doctoral thesis proposal presentation during normative study period
Part-time Programme    Attend 6 sessions of PhD Programme annual seminar / doctoral thesis proposal presentation during normative study period




Applicable to students admitted in 2015-16:
(1) Coursework Requirements

   

(a)  Research-related courses
1 course to be chosen from the following: PEDU 7301*, 7302*     

1.5 unit  
3 courses to be chosen from the following: PEDU 6003, 6004, 6401-6406*

(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404, 6405, 7301 & 7302, please refer to Faculty Handbook – Course Descriptions for details.)
(*Students who receive failure grades in PEDU7301 or 7302 will be allowed to have make-up examinations for 1 time only within 2 months’ time. The grade for make-up examination will not be higher than grade “C”.)

4.5 units

 

(b) 

PEDU 8000 is a thesis monitoring course. Students are required to take PEDU 8000 every term from the time of admission, throughout the preparation of thesis, until its completion. A student normally combines seminars with guided independent research in an individually designed course of study under the guidance of the supervisor and academic advisers. In addition, s/he may be required to enroll in formal courses of lectures within the Graduate Division of Education and in other divisions of the University as deemed necessary.

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(2) Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination will consist of two parts: the student¡¦s field of specialization and one related field or a more narrowly defined sub-field within the student¡¦s field of specialization. Examinations could be conducted in sit-in or take-home format, or other format. All applications will be subject to the approval of the Graduate Panel.

    

     Students are required to pass the qualifying examination within the maximum period stipulated
     below (Applicable to students admitted on 1 August 2010 and thereafter): 
 

  With research Master's
  Full-time 30 months
  Part-time 42 months
  Without research Master's
  Full-time 42 months
  Part-time 58 months


(3) Ph.D Candidature

Students will be granted Ph.D Candidature upon completion of Coursework Requirements, with an average grade “B” for Research-related courses, and passing of the Qualifying Examination.


(4) Attending PhD Programme Annual Seminars / Doctoral Thesis Proposal Presentations

Full-time Programme    Attend not less than 15 sessions of PhD Programme annual seminar / doctoral thesis proposal presentation during normative study period
Part-time Programme    Attend 6 sessions of PhD Programme annual seminar / doctoral thesis proposal presentation during normative study period



Applicable to students admitted in 2014-15 and before:
(1) Coursework Requirement

PEDU 8000 is a thesis monitoring course. Students are required to take PEDU 8000 every term from the time of admission, throughout the preparation of thesis, until its completion. A student normally combines seminars with guided independent research in an individually designed course of study under the guidance of the supervisor and academic advisers. In addition, s/he may be required to enroll in formal courses of lectures within the Graduate Division of Education and in other divisions of the University as deemed necessary.

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(2) Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination will consist of three parts: the student¡¦s field of specialization, research methodology, and one related field or a more narrowly defined sub-field within the student¡¦s field of specialization. A prospective Ph.D candidate could apply to substitute the paper on research methodology and one of the two papers in theories with relevant courses taken in the Faculty. Examinations could be conducted in sit-in or take-home format, or other format. All applications will be subject to the approval of the Graduate Panel.

    

     Students are required to pass the qualifying examination within the maximum period stipulated
     below (Applicable to students admitted on 1 August 2010 and thereafter): 
 

  With research Master's
  Full-time 30 months
  Part-time 42 months
  Without research Master's
  Full-time 42 months
  Part-time 58 months


(3) Ph.D Candidature

    Advancement to Ph.D candidature is conditional upon the passing of a qualifying examination.

 

Other Requirements (Applicable to all students)

 

  (a)

Students must fulfill the Term Assessment Requirement of the Graduate School. For details, please refer to Clause 13.0 ¡§Unsatisfactory Performance and Discontinuation of Studies¡¨ of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies which can be accessed from the Graduate School Homepage: http://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk.

  (b)

A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in order to fulfill the graduation requirement.

  (c)

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

  (d)

Each Ph.D student is required to present a research seminar at least once a year before the advancement to Ph.D candidature, and to submit an annual progress report to her / his supervisor. The supervisor, in consultation with the Graduate Panel, will review annually the progress of the student.

  (e)

Within twelve months after advancement to Ph.D candidature, the candidate must submit a thesis proposal. After the thesis proposal has been approved, the candidate should, under the supervision of her / his supervisor, submit a thesis and pass the oral examination within a prescribed period of time for graduation.

  (f)

Complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) module “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.

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