Study Scheme

MPhil and PhD are regarded as two separate streams in the MPhil-PhD programme. A student will be admitted as either an MPhil student or a PhD student. A brief description of each stream is given below. For more details, please refer to the Post-graduated Student Handbook.

 

MPhil Stream (Full-time)

The Programme is research-oriented. The normative period of full-time study is 2 years. The major graduation requirements for an MPhil student include:

Coursework Requirement
  1. Complete a minimum of 12 units of postgraduate courses offered by the Division or related courses as approved by the Division.
  2. Register for the Thesis Research Course in every term throughout his/her normative study period.
  3. Complete CSCI6500 'Seminar for M.Phil. Studies' in every term throughout his/her normative study period.
Other Requirements
  1. Achieve a minimum grade of C- in each of the courses taken in order to fulfill the graduation requirements, unless special approval is granted by the Faculty Board.
  2. Complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) module on "Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research".
  3. Complete other courses, such as ELTU5501 Postgraduate Presentation Skills or its equivalent, if deemed necessary.
  4. Submit a term paper followed by an oral presentation at the end of every two terms.
  5. Submit a research thesis and pass an oral defence for graduation.

Students may apply to transfer to the PhD stream if they can demonstrate satisfactory progress after completing the first year of study.

 

PhD Stream (Full-time and / or Part-time)

The Programme is research-oriented. The normative period for full-time study is 3 years for students with a research master's degree and 4 years for students without a research master's degree. All students in the PhD stream will be admitted initially with a 'pre-candidacy' status. Upon satisfying the division's candidacy requirements (coursework requirement, candidacy examination, and thesis proposal and oral defence), a student will be allowed to progress to the 'post-candidacy' status.

 

Coursework Requirement
  1. Complete a minimum of 15 units (at least 3 units must be taken from the list of faculty core courses and obtain grade B or above) of courses offered by the Division or related courses as approved by the Division.
  2. Register for the Thesis Research Course in every term throughout his/her normative study period.
  3. Complete CSCI7600 'Seminar for Ph.D. Studies' in every term throughout his/her normative study period.
Candidacy Examination
  1. Pass the Candidacy Examination within the maximum period of his/her pre-candidacy stage for the advancement to his/her post-candidacy stage.
  2. Obtain grade B or above in two additional courses taken from any two of the following areas:
    • Artificial Intelligence / Bioinformatics
    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • Data Engineering / Software Engineering / Programming Languages
    • Rich Media / Visual Computing/ Human-Computer Interaction
    • Networking and Security
    • Digital Circuits & VLSI Design
    • Microprocessors & Systems
  3. No exemptions to the two additional courses will be allowed.
Other Requirements
  1. Achieve a minimum grade of C- in each of the courses taken in order to fulfill the graduation requirements, unless special approval is granted by the Faculty Board.
  2. Complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) module on "Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research".
  3. Complete other courses, such as ELTU5501 Postgraduate Presentation Skills or its equivalent, if deemed necessary.
  4. Submit a term paper followed by an oral presentation at the end of every two terms.
  5. If the Division deems necessary, students who fail CSCI8xxx may be required to take course(s) or submit project report(s).
  6. Submit a research thesis and pass an oral defence for graduation.