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General Coursework Requirement

Introduction

In addition to the traditional one-to-one mode of supervision, the incorporation of coursework into the MPhil/4-year PhD programmes serves to provide a form of structural supervision. The Graduate School courses aim to provide students from all faculties some basic knowledge on thesis writing and research skills and methods. They do not aim to provide students with the discipline-specific knowledge that the faculty/school/departmental courses will provide.

(A) Compulsory Coursework Component for MPhil and 4-year PhD Students
(B) Courses Offered by Other Local UGC-Funded Tertiary Institutions under the Cross-Institutional Course Enrollment Scheme
(C) Courses Offered under the Joint Centre for Advanced Studies (JCAS)
(D) 3-Year PhD Students 
(E) English Enhancement Opportunities 
(F) Assessment
(G) Application for Exemption
(H) Cancellation Policy

 

(A) Compulsory Coursework Component for MPhil and 4-year PhD Students

The coursework component is compulsory for all MPhil students and 4-year PhD students unless exemption is granted by the Board of Graduate Studies under exceptional circumstances. The coursework component includes courses required by the Graduate School and the Faculty/Department/School.

(1) Graduate School Coursework Requirements:

Requirements for students registered in or after September 2013 :

Four  compulsory courses of Graduate School:

(i) Introduction to Thesis Writing : 

GRSC6001   Introduction to Thesis Writing; or
GRSC6020  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
GRSC6021  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Sciences & Related Disciplines).

Some students are required to complete  GRSC6027 Intensive English for Postgraduate Students  as a pre-requisite for enrolling in  Introduction to Thesis Writing . GS will inform these students individually in writing [ref: (2)(E) below].

Faculty of Arts offers courses in lieu of  Introduction to Thesis Writing  to its students. Please refer to the table below for details.

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Faculties/Departments/Schools Courses
in lieu of the GS courses
Applicable ONLY to students of the course-offering Faculties/Departments/Schools specified 
Course  Course Name 
GRSC6020 ENGL6070 Introduction to Thesis Writing in English Studies School of English
CHIN6004 Introduction to Thesis Writing in Chinese School of Chinese
HIST6011 Introduction to History Thesis Writing Faculty of Arts
SMLC7004 Thesis Writing (The Humanities and Area Studies)
HUMA7001 Introduction to Thesis Writing (Critical Humanities)

GRSC6001 is no longer offered starting 2014-15.

(ii) Research Ethics for Graduate Students :

GRSC6029  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Business and Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences); or
GRSC6030  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Arts and Architecture); or
GRSC6031  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry); or
GRSC6032  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Engineering); or
GRSC6033  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Science).

Students wishing to enroll in the course not intended for their home Faculty must seek approval from supervisor and the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. A request form is downloadable  here . Change of research ethics course is however not advisable.

(iii) Transferable Skills :

GRSC6008  Transferable Skills; or
GRSC6038  HKU Transferable Research Skills Course; or
GRSC6039  International Transferable Research Skills Programme.

Faculty of Arts offers courses in lieu of the above courses to its students. Please refer to the table below for details.

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Course  Course Name 
GRSC6008 SMLC7005 Transferable Skills (The Humanities and Area Studies) Faculty of Arts

(iv) Research Methods :

-  GRSC6034  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6035  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6036  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6037 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines); or
-  GRSC6007  Applied Quantitative Research Methods  (Pre-requisite: Students who are able to provide documentary evidence that they possess basic knowledge in measurement and statistical concepts)

Faculties/Departments/Schools offer courses in lieu of the above courses to their students. Please refer to the table below for details.

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Course  Course Name 
GRSC6034 /GRSC6036 SMLC7003 Research Methods (The Humanities and Area Studies) Faculty of Arts
GRSC6034 /GRSC6035 /GRSC6036 /GRSC6037
/GRSC6007
ARCH6057  Seminar for Research Students Department of Architecture
URBP6001 Research Seminar Department of Urban Planning & Design
CHIN6001 Research Methods in Chinese Studies School of Chinese
ENGL7011 Research Methods School of English
FINE6002 Research Methods in Art History School of Humanities (Fine Arts)
LING6001 Research Methods in Linguistics School of Humanities (Linguistics)
PHIL6820 Graduate Seminar in Research Methods School of Humanities (Philosophy)
MAAL6028 Introduction to Research Methods Centre for Applied English Studies
BUSM6001 Research Methods for Business Studies School of Business
ECON6005 Econometric Theory I School of Economics & Finance
DENT6023 Oral Epidemiology and Clinical Research Methodology Faculty of Dentistry
DENT6024 Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Dental Research
DENT6025 Multivariable Statistical Analysis in Dental Research and Use of Statistical Software
EDUR7050 Measurement in Educational Research Faculty of Education
EDUR7051 Design-based Research
EDUR7052 Questionnaire Development and Validation
EDUR7054 Regression Analysis and Modeling in Educational Research
EDUR7055 Quantitative Research Methods in Educational Research
EDUR7060 The Use of Qualitative Data in Educational Research
EDUR7061 Critical Discourse Analysis in Educational Research
EDUR7062 Doing Fieldwork in Educational Settings
EDUR7063 Introducing Critical Qualitative Research
EDUR7064 Comparative Education Research: Approaches and Methods
EDUR7066 Working with Qualitative Data
EDUR7067 Planning and Conducting Classroom-based Research
EDUR7068 Developing Conceptual Frameworks and Theorizing in Educational Research
EDUR7069 Classroom Video Data Analysis Using Interactional Ethnography
EDUR7100 Learning to Do Case Study Research: A Practical Approach
LLAW6022 Advanced Research Methodology Faculty of Law
MMPH6002 Introduction to Biostatistics  School of Public Health
BIOL6007 Biometrics School of Biological Sciences
CHEM6102 Research Techniques in Chemistry Department of Chemistry
CHEM6103 Special Topics in Chemistry
CHEM6109 Computational Chemistry
PHYS8201 Basic Research Methods in Physical Science Department of Physics
All RPg students in the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science have basic statistical knowledge and hence be granted exemption from GS Research Methods course. Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
FOSS6002 Introductory Module of Qualitative Research Faculty of Social Sciences
FOSS6003 Introductory Module of Quantitative Research
FOSS6004 Intermediate Module of Qualitative Research
FOSS6005 Intermediate Module of Quantitative Research
PSYC6010 Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research I Department of Psychology
PSYC6011 Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research II
SOCI6011 Ethnographic Research Methods Department of Sociology
SOWK7007 Social Work and Applied Social Science Research Methods: Theory and Applications Department of Social Work and Social Administration

Requirements for students registered before September 2013 :

(i) Graduate School Core Course I * (24 hours):

GRSC6001  Introduction to Thesis Writing; or
GRSC6020  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Humanities & Related Disciplines); or
GRSC6021  Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Sciences & Related Disciplines).

For students who have been notified individually by the Graduate School to take GRSC6027 ‘Intensive English for Postgraduate Students’ , enrollment in GRSC6001/6020/6021 is restricted to those who must have passed GRSC6027.

*Students from the School of English and School of Chinese may take ENGL6070 Introduction to Thesis Writing in English Studies and CHIN6004 Introduction to Thesis Writing in Chinese respectively in lieu of GRSC6001 or GRSC6020. Students from the Faculty of Arts may take HIST6011 Introduction to History Thesis Writing, SMLC7004 Thesis Writing (The Humanities and Area Studies) or HUMA7001 Introduction to Thesis Writing (Critical Humanities) in lieu of GRSC6001 or GRSC6020. Enrollment in HIST6011, SMLC7004 and HUMA7001 from students other than the School of Humanities (History), School of Modern Languages and Cultures, and School of Humanities respectively is subject to the approval of the respective DRPCs, and will be considered on individual basis.

(ii) Graduate School Core Course II - Basic Research Skills and Methods (24 hours consisting of two 12-hour courses):
For students enrolled between September 2009 - August 2013
(a) one 12-hour compulsory module :
GRSC6009  Research Ethics for Graduate Students
Please note that GRSC6009 Research Ethics for Graduate Students was replaced by the following five courses with effect from 2013-14. Students should choose their research ethics course according to the Faculty they belong .
GRSC6029  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Business and Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences); or
GRSC6030  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Arts and Architecture); or
GRSC6031  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry); or
GRSC6032  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Engineering); or
GRSC6033  Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Science).

Students wishing to enroll in the course not intended for their home Faculty must seek approval from supervisor and the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. A request form is downloadable  here . Change of research ethics course is however not advisable.

(b) one 12-hour elective module chosen from the list below** :
GRSC6002  Making Your Writing Clear
GRSC6003  Reporting on Other Researchers’ Work
GRSC6004  Effective Academic Presentations
(Students have to pass an assessment test conducted by the  Centre for Applied English Studies  to confirm a place on this module.)
GRSC6007  Applied Quantitative Research Methods
(Pre-requisite: Students who are able to provide documentary evidence that they possess basic knowledge in measurement and statistical concepts)
GRSC6008  Transferable Skills
GRSC6010  Logic, Critical Thinking, and Creativity
GRSC6014  How to Publish Your Research (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
(Pre-requisite: GRSC6001/6020/6021 Introduction to Thesis Writing)
GRSC6015  How to Publish Your Research (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
(Pre-requisite: GRSC6001/6020/6021 Introduction to Thesis Writing)
GRSC6018  Qualitative Research Methods
GRSC6022  Basic Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6023  Basic Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6024  Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
(Pre-requisite: GRSC6022/6023 Basic Quantitative Research Methods)
GRSC6025  Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
(Pre-requisite: GRSC6022/6023 Basic Quantitative Research Methods)
GRSC6026  Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Data
(Pre-requisite: Students must have their own set of research data for analyzing.)
GRSC6028  Biological Safety
GRSC6034  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6035  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6036  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)
GRSC6037  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines)


For students enrolled before September 2009
- two 12-hour elective modules chosen from (b) above

** Students from the Faculty of Arts may take ENGL6068 "Foundations of Euro-American Critical Theory" or ENGL6071 "Foundations in Language and Human Communication" in lieu of the elective module of the Graduate School Core Course II "Basic Research Skills and Methods".

** Students in the Faculty of Education may choose to take one of the following Faculty courses in lieu of the elective module of the Graduate School Core Course II:
EDUR7050 Measurement in Educational Research
EDUR7051 Design-based Research
EDUR7052 Questionnaire Development and Validation
EDUR7053 Making Your Research More Effective through Technology
EDUR7054 Regression Analysis and Modeling in Educational Research
EDUR7055 Quantitative Research Methods in Educational Research
EDUR7060 The Use of Qualitative Data in Educational Research
EDUR7061 Critical Discourse Analysis in Educational Research
EDUR7062 Doing Fieldwork in Educational Settings
EDUR7063 Introducing Critical Qualitative Research
EDUR7064 Comparative Education Research: Approaches and Methods
EDUR7065 The Use of Small Groups for Teaching and Learning in Classrooms
EDUR7066 Working with Qualitative Data
EDUR7067 Planning and Conducting Classroom-based Research
EDUR7068 Developing Conceptual Frameworks and Theorizing in Educational Research
EDUR7069 Classroom Video Data Analysis Using Interactional Ethnography
EDUR7100 Learning to Do Case Study Research: A Practical Approach
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(2) Faculty/School/Department Coursework Requirements:

Please refer to the Graduate School website (Information for Current Students > Coursework Enrolment > Faculty/Departmental Courses) for detailed Faculty/Department/School coursework requirements.

Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Architecture 1 2
Real Estate & Construction  2 2
For students registered between September 2011 and August 2014
1 2
Urban Planning & Design 1 2
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Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Centre for Applied English Studies  1 2
Centre for the Humanities and Medicine 0 3
School of Chinese 2 0
School of English  3 1
School of Humanities  
   -Comparative Literature  0 3
   - Fine Arts 1 0
   - History 4 0
   - Linguistics  3 1
   - Music  4 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
0
For students registered before September 2012
4 0
   - Philosophy 2 1
School of Modern Languages and Cultures 2 1
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
School of Business 1 3
School of Economics & Finance For students registered in 2008-09 and thereafter
3 (MPhil)
12 (PhD)
3 (MPhil)
1 (PhD)
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
  3 0
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences 3 0
All other Divisions 0 3
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Civil Engineering  1 3 (MPhil)
4 (PhD) 
Computer Science For students registered  in February 2013 and thereafter
1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)

For students registered between September 2007

and January 2013

0 2-3 (MPhil)
5-6 (PhD)
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1 3 (MPhil)
4-5 (PhD)
Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering  1 2 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students registered before September 2009
0 3
Mechanical Engineering 1 2 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students registered before September 2009
1 2
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  1 2
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Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Faculty Compulsory Course(s) Department Compulsory Course(s) Elective course(s) 
School of Biological Sciences 1 1 2
Chemistry 1 1 2
Earth Sciences 1 1 2
For students registered before September 2008
1 1 1
Mathematics 1 1 3 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students registered before January 2015
1 1 3
Physics 1 1 3
For students registered before September 2013
1 1 2
Statistics & Actuarial Science 1 1 3
For students registered before September 2007
n/a 2 2
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Geography 2 0
Politics & Public Administration 2 0
Psychology

3

(16 for PhD with a specialization in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology)

2 (MPhil)
3 (PhD)
(1 for PhD with a specialization in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology) 
Social Work & Social Administration 2 2
Sociology 4 0
Faculty/School/Department/Centre  Compulsory course(s)  Elective course(s) 
Centre of Buddhist Studies 0 3
Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities & Social Sciences (Inc. the Centre of Asian Studies) 1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD) 
2 (MPhil)
2 (PhD) 
Institute of Human Performance 0 3
Journalism and Media Studies Centre 2 1 - 2
Kadoorie Institute 1 2
Social Sciences Research Centre 1 2

Important Note:

By the end of the probationary period, students should have passed all Graduate School compulsory courses and at least 50% of the Faculty/Departmental/School courses required. Students who fail to do so will have to apply for extension of probation with their home Faculties. ALL coursework requirements must be completed before thesis submission

 
 

(B) Courses Offered by Other Local UGC-Funded Tertiary Institutions under the Cross-Institutional Course Enrollment Scheme

There has been agreement among the eight local UGC-funded tertiary institutions on opening up the research postgraduate courses for cross-institution enrollment. Students who find the course(s) useful to their studies may, with the endorsement of the supervisor and the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC), apply for the course(s) using the paper form.  Please click here for the detailed application procedures . Different universities have different application deadlines. Students should check the details on the websites.

The assessment result(s) of the course(s) taken under this scheme will be recorded in the transcript of HKU on a pass/fail basis. MPhil and 4-year PhD students are allowed to take courses from these institutions in lieu of HKU courses to fulfill up to 50% of the Faculty/Departmental/School coursework requirements. Students should seek prior approval for course substitution from their supervisor and Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee.

 

(C) Courses Offered under the Joint Centre for Advanced Studies (JCAS)

The Joint Centre for Advanced Study (JCAS) is a joint effort among The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in response to the initiative of The University Grants Committee of Hong Kong in the development of strategic alliances and deep collaboration in higher education.

Students may refer to the  website of the JCAS  for the list of courses offered by each of the institutions. Interested students should select the course(s) via the on-line course registration system following the same course selection procedures as other departmental courses. Additionally, students should fill in the Student Record Form and return it to the Graduate School. The Student Record Form is downloadable from the  Graduate School website . The result(s) of the course(s) taken under the JCAS scheme will be recorded in the transcript of HKU on a pass/fail basis.

Students who enrolled in courses under JCAS scheme and have to travel to other universities to attend courses may apply for a traveling subsidy. The Graduate School will inform the relevant students of the application procedure.

 

(D) 3-Year PhD Students

It is mandatory for 3-year PhD students registered on or after September 1, 2011 to take  Research Ethics for Graduate Students  before the end of the probationary period IF they have not had equivalent training in previous research degree programmes.

Five discipline-specific courses on  Research Ethics for Graduate Students  are on offer.
GRSC6029 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Business and Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences)
- GRSC6030 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculties of Arts and Architecture)
- GRSC6031 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry)
- GRSC6032 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Engineering)
- GRSC6033 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Science)

Students wishing to enroll in the course not intended for their home Faculty must seek approval from supervisor and the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. A request form is downloadable  here . Change of research ethics course is however not advisable.

3-year PhD students may take the courses offered to MPhil and 4-year PhD students if they find them relevant to their studies. Once they are officially enrolled in the courses, their assessment results whether pass or fail will all be recorded in their transcripts.

Some Faculties/Departments/Schools may require 3-year PhD students to complete a number of courses as part of the degree requirement. Students should consult the Faculty/Departmental/School Office for details.

 

(E) English Enhancement Opportunities

To provide more English enhancement opportunities for research postgraduate students, the course  GRSC6027 Intensive English for Postgraduate Students  has been offered since September 2009. Students admitted in the academic year 2009-10 and thereafter will be identified of their need of English enhancement by their TOFEL or IELTS scores upon admission and those required to take the course will be notified individually by the Graduate School.

 

(F) Assessment

All courses taken by research postgraduate students are assessed on a pass/fail basis . Students who fail a course at the first attempt may be re-examined in the same course or an alternative course as determined by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committees. A student who has not satisfied the examiners in any course (which, for this purpose, includes the alternative course) in a second attempt may be required to discontinue his or her studies.

 

(G) Application for Exemption

Students who have successfully completed the required course(s) or equivalent(s), either from HKU or a comparable institution, may apply for course exemption. Applications for exemption from any course(s) should be made in writing to the home Faculty via the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee with the support of supervisor within one month from registration date. Students will need to produce documentary evidence of having attended and passed the relevant course(s) with an equivalent standing in HKU or other recognized academic institution. Exemption from courses is subject to the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the individual circumstances.

 

(H) Cancellation Policy

The Graduate School reserves the right to cancel any course with insufficient enrollment number. In case of course cancellation, students concerned will be informed by email immediately after the Course Enrollment Period.