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Information for Current Students > Coursework Enrolment > General Coursework Requirement

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

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:

(1) Graduate School Coursework Requirements:

Requirements for students enrolled in or after September 2013:
Four
compulsory Graduate School modules:
(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).

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 or SMLC7004 Thesis Writing (The Humanities and Area Studies) in lieu of GRSC6001 or GRSC6020. Enrollment in HIST6011 and SMLC7004 from students of departments other than the School of Humanities (History) and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures respectively is subject to the approval of the respective DRPCs, and will be considered on individual basis.

(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).

For any students who would like to enroll in a discipline-specific course not in accordance to their Faculties, please download the form here and submit the duly completed form to Graduate School for approval. As advised by the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Medicine students are required to select the discipline-specific course in accordance to their Faculty. Change of discipline-specific course is not advised.

(iii) Transferable Skills##:
- GRSC6008 Transferable Skills; or
- GRSC6038 HKU Transferable Research Skills Course; or
- GRSC6039 International Transferable Research Skills Programme.
##Students from the Faculty of Arts may take SMLC7005 Transferable Skills (The Humanities and Area Studies) in lieu of GRSC6008. Enrollment in SMLC7005 from students of departments other than the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) is subject to SMLC approval, and will be considered on individual basis.

(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)
^ Students from the following Faculties/Schools/Departments may take the corresponding courses in lieu of GRSC6034, GRSC6035, GRSC6036 or GRSC6037. Students from the Faculty of Arts may take SMLC7003 Research Methods (The Humanities and Area Studies) in lieu of GRSC6034 / GRSC6036.

Discipline

Faculty/School/Department

Course Code

Course Title

Architecture

Department of Architecture

ARCH6057

Seminar for Research Students

Department of Urban Planning & Design

URBP6001

Research Seminar

Arts

School of Chinese

CHIN6001

Research Methods in Chinese Studies

School of English

ENGL7011

Research Methods

School of Humanities (Fine Arts)

FINE6002

Research Methods in Art History

School of Humanities (Linguistics)

LING6001

Research Methods in Linguistics

Centre for Applied English Studies

MAAL6028

Introduction to Research Methods

School of Humanities (Philosophy) PHIL6820 Graduate Seminar in Research Methods

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

SMLC7003

Research Methods (The Humanities and Area Studies)

Business & Economics

School of Business

BUSM6001

Research Methods for Business Studies

School of Economics & Finance

ECON6005

Econometric Theory I

Dentistry

Faculty of Dentistry

DENT6023

Oral Epidemiology and Clinical Research Methodology

DENT6024

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Dental Research

DENT6025

Multivariable Statistical Analysis in Dental Research and Use of Statistical Software

Education

Faculty of Education

EDUR7050

Measurement in Educational Research

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

Law

Faculty of Law

LLAW6022

Advanced Research Methodology

Medicine

School of Public Health

MMPH6002

Introduction to Biostatistics

Science

School of Biological Sciences

BIOL6007

Biostatistics

Department of Chemistry

CHEM6102

Research Techniques in Chemistry

CHEM6103

Special Topics in Chemistry

CHEM6109

Computational Chemistry

Department of Physics

PHYS8201

Basic Research Methods in Physical Science

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

All RPg students in the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science have basic statistical knowledge and hence be granted exemption from GS Research Methods course.

Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

FOSS6002

Introductory Module of Qualitative Research

FOSS6003

Introductory Module of Quantitative Research

FOSS6004

Intermediate Module of Qualitative Research

FOSS6005

Intermediate Module of Quantitative Research

Department of Psychology

PSYC6010

Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research I

PSYC6011

Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research II

Department of Sociology

SOCI6011

Ethnographic Research Methods

Department of Social Work and Social Administration

SOWK7007

Social Work and Applied Social Science Research Methods: Theory and Applications

 

Requirements for students enrolled 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 or SMLC7004 Thesis Writing (The Humanities and Area Studies) in lieu of GRSC6001 or GRSC6020. Enrollment in HIST6011 and SMLC7004 from students other than the School of Humanities (History) and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:
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 has been 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 who would like to enroll in the course not intended for their home Faculty must seek approval from their supervisor and the Graduate School. A request form is downloadable here.
As per the advice of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, medicine students must select GRSC6031 for Research Ethics.

(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. Please click here for detailed information.)
- 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)

@ GRSC6008 Transferable Skills is a compulsory course for students enrolled in or after September 2013. They are thus given priority to enroll in this course. Students who enrolled before September 2013 and would like to register for this course as elective should submit an application to the Graduate School by completing Form GS2. Students should seek endorsement from their supervisor and the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee for the application.

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


(2) Faculty/School/Department Coursework Requirements:

2-17 Faculty/School/Department courses

Faculty/School/Department/Centre
Compulsory course(s) required
Elective course(s) required
Faculty of Architecture
Architecture
1
2
Real Estate & Construction
2
2
Urban Planning & Design
1
2
Faculty of Arts
Centre for Applied English Studies (Named ‘English Centre’ before July 1, 2008)
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
For students enrolled after September 2012
4 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
0
For students enrolled before September 2012
4
0
- Philosophy
2
1
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
2
1
Faculty of Business & Economics
School of Business
1
3
School of Economics & Finance
For students of 2008-09 intake or after:
3 (MPhil)
12 (PhD)
3 (MPhil)
1 (PhD)
Faculty of Dentistry
3
0
Faculty of Education
Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences
3
0
All other Divisions
0
3
Faculty of Engineering
Civil Engineering
1
3 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
Computer Science
For students enrolled from February
2013 onwards
1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
1 (MPhil)
2 (PhD)
For students enrolled 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
For students enrolled after September 2009
1
2 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students enrolled before September 2009
0
3
Mechanical Engineering
For students enrolled after September 2009
1
2 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students enrolled before September 2009
1
2
Faculty of Law
1
2
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
0
3
Faculty of Science
Faculty Compulsory* Dept Compulsory  
School of Biological Sciences
1
1
2
Chemistry
1
1
2
Earth Sciences
1
1
2
For students enrolled before September 2008:
2 compulsory courses and 1 elective course
Mathematics
1
1
3 (MPhil)
4 (PhD)
For students enrolled before January 2015:
1 compulsory course and 3 elective courses
Physics
1
1

3

For students enrolled before September 2013:
1 compulsory course and 2 elective courses
Statistics & Actuarial Science
1
1
3

For students enrolled before September 2007:
2 compulsory courses and 2 elective courses

Faculty of Social Sciences
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
Teaching Centres and Institutes
Centre of Buddhist Studies
0
3
Hong Kong Institute of 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 to 2
Kadoorie Institute
1
2
Social Sciences Research Centre
1
2

* Starting from the academic year 2010-11, SSAF6001 "Basic Laboratory Safety Course for RPg Candidates in Faculty of Science" will be made compulsory to students with the following registration dates:
- MPhil candidates registered on or after January 1, 2009
- 3-year PhD candidates registered on or after January 1, 2008
- 4 year PhD candidates registered on or after January 1, 2007.

Please refer to the Graduate School homepage for detailed faculty/school/departmental coursework requirements. A full list of courses to be offered in the coming semester and their syllabuses are available from July 22, 2013 onwards.

By the end of the probationary period, students are required to pass all Graduate School core courses, i.e. for students enrolled in or after September 2013, four compulsory Graduate School modules, and pass at least 50% of the faculty/school/departmental courses; for students enrolled before September 2013, Core Course I (1 compulsory module) and Core Course II (1 compulsory and 1 elective module), and pass at least 50% of the faculty/school/departmental courses. ALL coursework requirements must be completed before thesis submission.

(B) Taking Courses from Other Local UGC-Funded Tertiary Institutions

In order to enhance the opportunities for postgraduate students to have access to courses and expertise at sister institutions in Hong Kong, the University has made an agreement with the other seven UGC-funded tertiary institutions in HK to open up rpg courses to research postgraduate students of other institutions. Students who find the course(s) useful to their research may, with the endorsement from the supervisor and the Department Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC), apply for taking the course(s). Please click herefor the detailed application procedures. Please note that different universities have different deadlines for application and you should go to the above link for checking the relevant information and downloading the application form.

The result(s) of the course(s) taken from the other institutions will be included in the HKU official transcripts. MPhil and 4-year PhD students are allowed to take other institutions' courses in lieu of the faculty/school/departmental courses up to 50% of the faculty/school/departmental requirements.

(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 developing greater cooperation and deeper collaboration 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. The first initiative under this umbrella is the joint offering of courses for research postgraduate students.

Students may refer to the website of the JCAS for the list of courses offered by each of the institutions. Interested students can select the course(s) via the on-line course registration system following the same course selection procedures as other departmental courses. Additionally, students should complete and return the student record form 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 included in the HKU official transcripts.

Students enrolled in courses under JCAS scheme and have to travel to campuses of other universities may be offered a traveling subsidy. The Graduate School will inform the relevant students of the application procedure accordingly.

(D) 3-Year PhD Students

3-year PhD students registered on or after September 1, 2011 are required to take GRSC6009 Research Ethics for Graduate Students before the end of the probationary period IF they have not yet completed equivalent training in previous research degree programmes. Please click here for the notification on the coursework on GRSC6009.

Please note that GRSC6009 Research Ethics for Graduate Students is replaced by five new discipline-specific courses with effect from 2013-14 academic year as follows:
-
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).

For any students who would like to enroll in a discipline-specific course not in accordance to their Faculties, please download the form here and submit the duly completed form to Graduate School for approval. As advised by the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Medicine students are required to select the discipline-specific course in accordance to their Faculty. Change of discipline-specific course is not advised.

In addition, some Faculties/Schools/Departments may have an internal policy to require 3-year PhD students to complete a number of courses as part of the degree requirement. Please consult the Faculty/School/Departmental Office for details.

3-year PhD students may take the courses offered to MPhil and 4-year PhD students if they find that the course(s) is/are relevant to their studies. Once they are officially enrolled in the course, they will be assessed like all other students in class and their results including failures will be printed on their transcripts.

(E) English Enhancement Opportunities

To provide more English enhancement opportunities for research postgraduate students, the course GRSC6027 Intensive English for Postgraduate Students will be offered starting from 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/modules 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 exemption from one or more course(s). Applications for exemption from any course(s) should be made in writing to your Faculty via the Chairman of your DRPC with the support of your supervisor within one month from your 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/module with insufficient enrollment number. The students concerned will be informed if a course/module they have enrolled is cancelled immediately after the Course Enrollment Period by email so that they have the opportunity to take another course/module during the On-line Add-drop Period.

 
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