Complete and pass at least six (6) modules or 24 modular credits (MCs), unless exemption has been granted by the University, which include:
- One (1) required module: SE6770 Graduate Research Seminar (4MCs)
- Five (5) elective modules, of which:
- A minimum 3 modules (equivalent to 12MCs) must be at level 6000
A maximum of 1 module (equivalent to 5MCs) may be at level 4000
- The remaining modules must be at level 5000 or 6000.
Optional: Up to two (2) Independent Study modules (ISM) - SE5660 and/or SE6660
Note: Students should discuss with their supervisors on the relevant modules they need to take.
|English Language Requirement
- Some students may be required to take the Diagnostic English Test (DET) to determine English proficiency. (Selected students will be notified in their offer of admission letter.)
- Depending on their DET results, students may be required to take a Graduate English module(s) or be exempted from taking the module(s) altogether.
- Students who are required to take the Graduate English Module(s) must obtain at least a 'C' grade in the module(s) at advanced level.
- Graduate English modules are not counted towards the 24 MCs required for the PhD degree coursework requirements.
|PhD Qualifying Examination (QE)
Students must pass a Qualifying Examination (QE) within the first 2 years of the PhD candidature. A second QE may be attempted within this period if the student fail at the first attempt.
Students must fulfill the following before being allowed to sit for the QE:
- Complete and pass at least five (5) modules, including two (2) at level 6000, with a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.50;
- Where applicable, obtain at least grade 'C' in the Graduate English Module at the intermediate level.
The QE comprises:
- Comprehensive examinations as determined by the Department to test the general competence of the student in his/her discipline(s) or field(s);
- Submission of a 30 to 50 page thesis proposal; and
- An oral defence of the thesis proposal held before a 3-member panel of Thesis Committee
- Students must complete and submit a thesis within the maximum period of candidature.
- A Ph.D. thesis should not exceed 80, 000 words (including footnotes but excluding appendices, bibliography, maps, charts, statistical tables, graphs, illustrations, etc.).
|PhD Oral Examination
- Students must present himself/herself for an oral examination on the subject matter of the thesis and related subjects after submitting his/her thesis.
- The oral examination comprises an oral presentation followed by an oral defence/open discussion.
|Minimum Grade Requirements
- Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.50 (but ≥ 3.00) in any semester will be issued an academic warning.
- Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.50 for 2 consecutive semesters will be placed on probation.
- Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.50 for the third consecutive semester will be issued a letter of dismissal and denied re-admission.
- Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.00 in any semester will be placed on probation.
- Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.00 for 2 consecutive semesters will be issued a letter of dismissal.
Note: Students may be issued a warning letter or placed on probation or issued letter of dismissal for poor performance in the PhD QE, research thesis or other programme requirements.
|Award of Degree
A student will be recommended for award of degree if he/she has met the following requirements:
- Complete and passed six (6) modules (refer to coursework requirements above)
- Obtained a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.50;
- Passed the PhD Qualifying Examination (QE);
- Passed the PhD thesis;
- Passed the PhD Oral Examination;
- Where applicable, obtained at least grade 'C' in Graduate English Module(s) (refer to English language requirement above)