Research-based graduate programmes (namely the PhD and Master's degrees in certain disciplines) generally have the following common elements: coursework; graduate seminar; and thesis component.
Research degree programme includes an element of coursework in the same or related fields. This provides a graduate-level foundation and prepares the student for research. The recommended coursework component comprises two to six courses for the Master's and 6 to 15 courses for the PhD programmes. Exceptionally, the Senate may approve variations with adequate justifications. Graduate-level courses (i.e. level-5000 and above) are generally expected to be 4 units each. Nonetheless, to enable a student to build expertise in a new field, courses below level-5000 may be allowed, up to 25% of the total unit requirement for the coursework component, subject to the approval of the thesis advisor and Department.
To cultivate a strong research culture among graduate students, the required coursework includes a ‘graduate/doctoral seminar' in which Faculty members, graduate students, and visitors present current research.
Research candidates have to submit their theses for examination (after being approved by the thesis advisor(s) and Head of Department) by the maximum period of candidature. The thesis is not measured by units.