|Programmes of Study|
What is unique about the research degree education at the College of Business? "We want to give students a broader base of graduate business education through a set of tailor-made courses, which should help expand their horizons. The fact that some courses are shared by MPhil and PhD programmes provides invaluable opportunities for students to mingle with and learn from one another. Through these initiatives, the quality of research degree programmes would be enhanced and a stronger research culture should emerge,"said Prof Y V Hui, former Associate Dean (Research) of the College.
Candidates enrolled in the MPhil programme are required to take four courses and complete other relevant coursework, if any, as prescribed by the Qualifying Panels, and write a thesis in Year 2. These four courses are College and University core courses, which are also taken by PhD candidates.
The above schedule of courses is catered for full-time candidates. For those pursuing parttime studies and admitted in mid-year, the schedule will need to be adjusted in consultation with their Qualifying Panels. In exceptional circumstances where candidates can demonstrate their scholarly attributes to the satisfaction of their Qualifying Panels, they can be exempted from part or all of the courses subject to approval by the College Graduate Studies Committee.
PhD candidates will take the same College and University core courses as MPhil candidates.
In addition, they have to take an extra course listed below:
Year 3 FB8914 Doctoral Seminar (3 CU, Semester B)
Similarly, the above course schedule is catered for full-time candidates. For those pursuing part-time studies and admitted in mid-year, the schedule will need to be adjusted in consultation with their Qualifying Panels. In addition to the five core courses, PhD candidates also need to complete other relevant coursework, if any, as prescribed by the Qualifying Panels. In exceptional circumstances where candidates can demonstrate their scholarly attributes to the satisfaction of their Qualifying Panels, they can be exempted from part or all of the courses, subject to approval by the College Graduate Studies Committee.
Doctoral Seminar is concerned with general and cross-disciplinary business research and is a research seminar for all doctoral students particularly in their 3rd year of study. Students joining this seminar are presumed to have completed significant amount of research at the doctoral level since in each week they will need to present their research to the class for indepth discussion. A primary objective is to broaden students’ perspectives in contemporary business research. It also provides opportunities for students to develop research critique and communication skills in presenting and defending their research in a rigorous and constructive manner to a multi-disciplinary audience.
Full-time students have to sit for a Comprehensive Examination normally in the summer of Year 2, while part-timers have it later. Its objective is to test students’ knowledge of major subject areas of their research disciplines and their ability to integrate the theories and concepts learned from the taught courses, as well as in analysing cases and solving problems. The minimum duration of the Examination is 6 hours, which takes the form of two 3-hour lots. One of them must be written examination while the other can either be a take-home or oral examination.
|Duration of Candidature|
|Guidelines on Monitoring Study Progress of Students in Taught Courses|
|To monitor the study progress of research degree students in their taught courses, the following guidelines will be adopted as appropriate:
1. Qualifying Report
Medium of Instruction and Thesis Presentation