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Postgraduate Programs 2019/20
Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area)
(Subject to the Senate's Approval)
Award Title

Master of Philosophy in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area)
Doctor of Philosophy in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area)

Program Short Name

MPhil(IIP)
PhD(IIP)

Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

MPhil
Full-time : 2 years
Part-time : 4 years

PhD
Full-time : 3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (with a bachelor’s degree only)
Part-time : 6 years

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof. King L. CHOW, Director of Interdisciplinary Programs Office

Enquiry

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) are designed for students who have well-articulated research goals which cannot be reached through established research postgraduate programs. They aim to create an organic study curriculum pattern to facilitate students’ intellectual growth, exploration into novel research direction, and a long term commitment in an interdisciplinary research field.  

 

The programs offer students a broad academic freedom to create a unique research postgraduate program focused on a specialized area of research in ways that best suit their own intellectual interests and passions, by working on an interdisciplinary research topic and using courses from different Departments/Divisions to fulfill the curriculum. Students have to develop a research plan and framework which allow them to explore their unique research interests and to work with their supervisors from different research areas to pursue and complete their degree.

 

On completion of the program, students will be conferred an MPhil/PhD degree in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program. The chosen area of research will also be specified in the degree title (e.g. PhD in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Bionics Engineering).

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Generate an advanced degree curricula that interrelates knowledge and skills from selected academic areas, and proficiency in the areas of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods of research;
  2. Develop knowledge and understanding of appropriate concepts, methods, and materials in disciplines which appropriately constitute the framework of their studies;
  3. Demonstrate curricular understandings and proficiency of research skills through a comprehensive examination, group interaction and evaluation, professional presentations, and the successful completion of thesis defense;
  4. Develop multi-dimensional perspectives and innovative problem-solving skills to existing and emerging problems; and
  5. Develop distinctive skill mix that enables them to communicate effectively with people of different levels and disciplines within and across organizations.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

MPhil: 12-18 credits 
PhD: 21-30 credits 
 

  1. Credit Transfer

Subject to the approval of the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director, students may apply for credit transfer or course substitution.
 

  1. Required/Elective Courses

MPhil: 

A minimum of 12-18 credits of postgraduate courses at HKUST, approved by the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director.

 

PhD: 

A minimum of 21-30 credits of postgraduate courses at HKUST, approved by the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director.

 

  1. Professional Development Course Requirement
PDEV 6770


Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from this requirement, subject to prior approval of the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director.

 

In addition to PDEV 6770, students are required to complete one discipline-specific Professional Development Course relevant to their research area, upon approval by the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director. PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from this requirement, subject to prior approval of the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director.

 

  1. English Language Requirement
LANG 5000

 

Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

 

LANG 5081

 

With the approval of the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director, students can replace this requirement with other research writing skill course more relevant to their research areas, such as LANG 5001, LANG 5002, LANG 5010.

 

The credit(s) earned from the research writing skill course cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking this course with the approval of the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director.

 

  1. Postgraduate Seminar

Students are required to take one or two Postgraduate Seminar Course relevant to the research area, upon approval by the Primary Supervisor, Co-supervisor(s) and the Program Director. 

 

  1. PhD Qualifying Examination

PhD students are required to submit a thesis proposal to the Qualifying Examination Committee who will examine the students’ general background knowledge and knowledge related to the topic of the research. Students must pass the qualifying examination no later than the forth regular term of study for full-time students, or the sixth regular term of study for part-time students.

 

  1. Thesis Research
IIMP 6990
IIMP 7990

 

  MPhil:

  1. Registration in IIMP 6990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

PhD:

  1. Registration in IIMP 7990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

 

Last Update: 2 April 2019

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
 

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.
2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5


Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Additional Information
  • Applicants are required to develop a research plan as a written proposal, and identify the supervisory group of at least two supervisors with one serving as the primary supervisor. Before submitting an application, they should form a research team which is composed of at least two faculty members working on different research areas to warrant that the research is interdisciplinary in nature.
  • Applicants should propose the degree title (i.e. research area). The degree title together with the curriculum proposed by the student and supervisors will be reviewed and endorsed by the Program Director and the relevant committees in the admission process.

Apply online before the application deadlines.

 

Application Fee

HK$180

Application Deadlines

For 2019/20 Fall Term Intake:

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 15 May 2019
Part-time: 15 May 2019

 

Local Applicants
Full-time: 30 Jun 2019
Part-time: 30 Jun 2019

* Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) (from 2019/20 Admissions); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration (from 2019/20 Admissions). For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.