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Graduation Requirements

Pass at least 176 MCs of modules, and fulfill the requirements of both the B.Soc.Sci. (Honours) and M.Soc.Sci. (Psychology by Research) programmes, which include the following:

Essential Undergraduate Modules:

  • 1. PL1101E Introduction to Psychology
  • 2. PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I
  • 3. PL2132 Research and Statistical Methods II
  • 4. PL3232 Biological Psychology
  • 5. PL3233 Cognitive Psychology
  • 6. PL3234 Developmental Psychology
  • 7. PL3235 Social Psychology
  • 8. PL3236 Abnormal Psychology
  • 9. PL3231 Independent Research Project
  • 10. One of the PL328x lab modules
  • 11. PL3239 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • 12. PL4201 Psychometrics and Psychological Testing

Essential Graduate Modules:

  • 1. PL6770 Graduate Research Seminar
  • 2. Core Module (PL5303, PL5304, PL5305, PL5306, PL5307, OR PL5308)
  • 3. PL5221 Analysis of Psychological Data using GLM
  • 4. PL5222 Multivariate Statistics in Psychology

Integrated Thesis:

  • Integrated Thesis (15 MCs)

Other Requirements:

  • 1. Attend workshops (e.g, on academic writing, presentation, non-experimental research methods, and advanced statistics) prescribed by the department.
  • 2. Attend at least 5 departmental research seminars.
  • 3. Give one research presentation during the candidacy. Students are also strongly encouraged to present their findings at an international conference.
  • 4. Where applicable, students have to obtain satisfactory grades (at least grade C) in the graduate English courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication at intermediate level.

Continuation Criteria
CDP candidates will be officially enrolled in the programme at the beginning of Semester 7. At this point, they will be classified as research students, allowing them to register for graduate-level courses and to start work on their thesis. Supervisors will also need to submit progress reports at the end of each semester. In order to remain in the programme, candidates’ SJAP (based on both undergraduate and graduate PL modules) must not fall below 4.0 over two consecutive semesters.

CAP Computation
The undergraduate CAP is based on the grades for the undergraduate modules (Level 4000 and below) and the integrated thesis, while the graduate CAP is based on the four required graduate modules (Level 5000 and above).

Degrees Awarded
Candidates will typically graduate at the end of their 10th semester. On completion of the programme, subject to meeting the graduation requirements, candidates will be awarded with the B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) and the M.Soc.Sci. in Psychology.

Exit Strategies
Candidates who opt out of the program, or who are unable to fulfil continuation requirements, can graduate with the B.A. or B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.), subject to meeting graduation requirements. Assuming they qualify for the honours degree, their class of honours will jointly depend on their undergraduate CAP and their grade for the honours thesis. If work on the thesis project is in progress, they need to carry out sufficient experimental work to produce a thesis that meets the standards of an honours thesis. To make the exit strategy more concrete and explicit, the table below presents the options for CDP candidates exiting the programme at different stages of their candidacy.


    Exit Scenario and Strategy

    Semester 7

    The candidate would have completed 3 modules at this point and started work on the empirical project. He/she will rejoin the honours track, and either: 1) complete 2 more modules and submit the HT, or 2) complete 5 more modules without a HT to graduate with the B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.).

    Semester 8, 9, and 10

    The candidate would have completed 5 modules at this point and done substantial work on the empirical project. To graduate with a B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.), he/she will need to write up and submit the experimental work completed thus far as a HT.

CDP Recommended Timeline




Start work on the Integrated Thesis

Coursework (4 modules):
PL5221 (Analysis of Psychological Data Using GLM)
PL6770 (Graduate Research Seminar)
PL4201 (Psychometrics and Psychological Testing)
1 other content-based PL4000 module


Continue work on the Integrated Thesis

Coursework (2 modules):
PL5222 (Multivariate Statistics in Psychology)
1 other content-based PL4000 module


Data collection for the Integrated Thesis should be completed no later than the end of this semester

Coursework (1 module):
PL530x (Core Area Graduate Module)


Integrated Thesis should be submitted no later than Week 4 of this semester to provide sufficient time for review and minor revisions

Coursework (2 modules):
2 PL4000 modules OR
1 PL4000 module and 1 PL5000/6000 module

  • * The payment of graduate tuition fees will take effect from the 7th semester.
  • Integrated Thesis
    The scope and requirements of the integrated thesis will be identical to that of the Master’s thesis. The word limit for the thesis is 30,000 words, and should conform to APA guidelines. The thesis should reflect the candidate’s ability to independently conduct quality research and to integrate his/her work with existing literature in a meaningful way.The integrated thesis will be evaluated by two internal examiners independently.
  • Dedicated CDP Coordinator
    Each CDP candidate will be jointly mentored by their supervisor and the CDP coordinator. The CDP coordinator is a dedicated faculty member tasked with spearheading programs that enhance the training and education of CDP candidates. At the same time, he or she will closely track their progress, and will also meet them at the end of each semester to provide advice on curriculum choices and other guidance.
  • Extension of Candidature
    CDP candidates who need to extend their candidature period beyond the 10th semester due to extenuating circumstances may apply for an extension, subject to approval by the Department and the Graduate Studies Division.