Postgraduate Programmes • MPhil/PhD Degree

Examinations

Candidates for the MPhil and PhD degree must pass the three required courses. Students will have only two attempts at the required courses.

MPhil degree

A candidate will normally be required to take an oral examination on the general field of study and on the dissertation.

If the External Examiner is unable to attend the oral examination, his/her written report should be made available to the other examiners at the oral examination.

Exemption from the oral examination will be at the discretion of the Board of Graduate Studies and Research (BGSR) on the recommendation of the examiners.

Candidate, after consideration of his/her dissertation by the Board of Examiners and where relevant, the oral examination, may be:

  1. recommended to Senate for the award of the degree;
  2. required to re-submit the dissertation and/or repeat the oral examination on one subsequent occasion within 18 months from the decision of the BGSR;
  3. required to make corrections to the dissertation within six months from the decision of the BGSR, or
  4. failed outright.

PhD degree

A candidate will be required to take an oral examination on the general field of study and on the thesis submitted. Where the External Examiner is unable to attend the oral examination, his/her written report should be made available to the other examiners who are present.

A candidate, after consideration of his/her thesis by the examiners and after the oral examinations may be.

  1. recommended to Senate for the award of the degree
  2. required to re-submit the thesis within 18 months
  3. required to re-submit the thesis and repeat the oral examination on one subsequent occasion within 18 months from the decision of the Board of Graduate Studies and Research (BGSR).
  4. required to make corrections to the thesis within six months from the decision of the BGSR, or
  5. failed outright.