Both the PhD and MPhil degrees are research-oriented. A student is required:
to complete an approved programme of supervised research;
to present a written thesis which demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the candidate's field of study which describes and summarizes the research undertakings and findings;
to satisfy the Board of Examiners in an oral examination, (and any other examination if deemed necessary), on matters relevant to the subject of the thesis; and
to comply with supervision, attendance and all coursework requirements as laid down by the respective Faculty/ School.
A full-time candidate registered provisionally for the MPhil degree is subject to a probationary period of up to 12 months (for a parttime candidate, up to 18 months). A full-time candidate registered provisionally for the PhD degree is subject to a probationary period of up to 18 months (for a part-time candidate, up to 21 months). At the end of the probationary period and after the submission of a research prospectus to the University's Committee on Graduate Studies, the candidate will be assessed and candidature will be confirmed or terminated.