|Research Postgraduate Studies|
The Department is a popular choice for students who want to pursue application-driven research in the areas of computing and IT. Currently the Department has more than 60 research students, studying towards either an MPhil or PhD research degree.
What are the Department's research areas?
- Human Language Technology and Knowledge Discovery
- Graphics, Multimedia & Virtual Reality
- Mobile & Network Computing
- Pattern Recognition & Machine Intelligence
- Software Engineering & Information Systems
How long will the programmes be?
To complete a PhD programme, a full-time student would normally take 36 months (or 48 months for students admitted with Bachelor's degree with first class honours.) For a part-time student, it would normally be 72 months (or 96 months for students admitted with a Bachelor's degree)
An MPhil programme would normally take a full-time student 24 months. It would normally be 48 months for a part-time student.
How many taught subjects will I need to take?
PhD students are expected to take 5 taught subjects (an equivalence of 15 credits) and MPhil students 3 taught subjects (an equivalence of 9 credits).
When does an academic year start and end?
The academic year for research programmes runs from 1 September to 30 June, with subject examinations at the end of two teaching semesters (normally around December and May).
What are the normal admission requirements?
MPhil study normally requires a first or second class honours degree or recognised equivalent relevant to the proposed programme of study, or appropriate research or professional experience.
PhD study normally requires a recognised master degree or equivalent relevant to the proposed programme of study, or appropriate research or professional experience which resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. Many MPhil students transfer to PhD after about two years of study or confirmation of registration.
Are there requirements for English language proficiency?
All research students are required to fulfill certain requirements in the English language. They would be requested on admission to sit for the Research Language Skills Assessment and might be recommended to take an English enhancement programme, depending on the outcome of the Assessment.
Who should I approach for further details?
Check out the website of PolyU's Research Office, or
Contact Ms. Katie Cheung, Departmental Research Committee Secretary
Telephone: (852) 2766-7303
Facsimile: (852) 2774-0842