Conversion Masters to PhD

Students who registered for a Master degree by research may apply to convert their degree to a doctoral degree. Application should be made within the first 12 months after the initial date of registration into a Master programme to the Centre for Graduate Studies.

The conversion formula is as follows : The maximum number of years permitted in the new mode of study minus the number of years already completed in the old mode shall determine the remaining duration of study after the conversion is approved.

A student's candidate can be changed from a Doctoral to a Master's degree if his/her progress is deemed adequate only for a Master Degree.

A guidelines for approval of conversion to PhD Programme for Master by Research Students is attached in Appendix B.

APPENDIX B: GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL OF CONVERSION FROM MASTER (FULL TIME BY RESEARCH) TO DOCTORAL PROGRAMME

Full time students registered in Master by Research Programmes who wish to convert their study to PhD status should demonstrate good results and may apply to the University Senate with a recommendation from the Faculty Graduate Committee. Approval for conversion are based on, and not limited to, the following guidelines :

Application for conversion should be made within the first 12 months after the initial date of registration into a Master programme. Candidate may apply by completing an application form (Form 8CPhD), and submit it to the Centre for Graduate Studies to be processed.

An application for conversion shall be vetted by the Faculty Graduate Committee before submission to the University Graduate Studies Committee for endorsement, and subsequently to the Senate for approval.

The following criteria is used to consider an application for conversion of a Master (by Research) degree to PhD :

The application is supported by the student's supervisor (s) or supervisory committee together with a favourable report from an independent assessor.

An application for conversion shall be vetted by the Faculty Graduate Committee before submission to the University Graduate Studies Committee for endorsement, and subsequently to the Senate for approval.

The student will be required to present his/her work at 'conversion seminar' organized by the said faculty, together with a report on current research project undertaken for a Master degree in the specified field of study.

The proposed research project is an expansion of the original Masters project and has all the merits of a PhD project. ( A full research proposal which is in tandem with the requirements of a doctorate degree is also required. ).

The proposed PhD programme would be supervised by a suitable supervisor(s) or supervisory committee. The Faculty Graduate Committee can recommend a change of supervisor(s) or supervisory committee if it is deemed to be appropriate.

The supervisor(s) has access to necessary facilities ( laboratory equipment, IT hardware/ software, etc ) to ensure that the student would be able to carry out his/her research work within the stipulated period of time.

If the conversion is granted, the initial date of registration for the Masters degree shall be regarded as the effective commencement date for the PhD candidature.

The PhD degree tuition fees are payable effective from the approved semester of conversion.

Should the student, under unforeseen circumstances, unable to perform satisfactorily as stated in the Graduate Studies Regulation and subsequently failed to obtain his/her PhD within the prescribed period, the Faculty Graduate Committee may recommend the award of a Master (M.Sc) degree, whichever is deemed suitable for this purpose.