Research Degrees – MPhil & PhD

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In addition to the traditional one-to-one mode of supervision, the incorporation of coursework into the MPhil/4-year PhD programmes serves to provide a form of structural supervision. The coursework component includes courses required by the Graduate School and the Faculty/Department/School.

For general coursework requirements as stipulated by the Graduate School, please click here for details.

Below please find the detailed Department coursework requirements.

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For MPhil/4-year PhD students admitted in or after 2012-2013

  • MPhil:             3 compulsory courses and 2 elective courses from the list below
  • 4-year PhD:     3 compulsory courses and 3 elective courses from the list below
Course CodeCourse TitleCompulsory (C) / Elective (E)
PSYC6010Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research IC
PSYC6011Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research IIC
PSYC6025Postgraduate Seminar in Scientific Writing for PsychologyC
PSYC7021Postgraduate Seminar in Cognitive PsychologyE
PSYC7022Postgraduate Seminar in Social PsychologyE
PSYC7023Postgraduate Seminar in Developmental PsychologyE

PSYC6010 – Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research I

First semester course, put on especially for 1st year postgraduate students, covering the basic research techniques used in psychological research. Topics include various data collection and data analysis techniques. Students in this course will learn how to design, conduct, analyze and report psychological research; and to evaluate other people’s research critically.

Assessment: 100% coursework

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PSYC6011 – Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Psychological Research II

Second semester problem-based (i.e., PBL) course put on jointly for 1st year research postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates. The course is a follow-up of PSYC6010. It adopts a problem-based approach to further students’ knowledge of the techniques used in psychological research. Students will be asked to solve various problems and complete different tasks related to psychological research. They will have a chance to develop their ability to work and learn independently. The problems and tasks will also require them to learn the more advanced research designs and data analysis techniques.

Prerequisite: PSYC6010

Assessment: 100% coursework

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PSYC6025 – Postgraduate Seminar in Scientific Writing for Psychology

This seminar course addresses writing skills in relation Psychological research. Students will engage in a series of assignments designed to improve the fluency and quality of their writing. Particular efforts will be focused on improving the conceptual clarity of writing. Regular feedback will help students improve upon their writing skills.

Assessment: 100% coursework.

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PSYC7021 – Postgraduate Seminar in Cognitive Psychology

This seminar course will cover recent developments in the field of Cognitive Psychology, concentrating particularly on theoretical debates and empirical results that are likely to have considerable impact on the field. Theoretical and empirical articles will be read each week, and discussed in class. Discussions will be led by both the instructor and students in the class.

Assessment: 100% coursework

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PSYC7022 – Postgraduate Seminar in Social Psychology

This seminar course will cover recent developments in the field of Social Psychology, concentrating particularly on theoretical debates and empirical results that are likely to have considerable impact on the field. Theoretical and empirical articles will be read each week, and discussed in class. Discussions will be led by both the instructor and students in the class.

Assessment: 100% coursework

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PSYC7023 – Postgraduate Seminar in Developmental Psychology

This seminar course will cover recent developments in the field of Developmental Psychology, concentrating particularly on theoretical debates and empirical results that are likely to have considerable impact on the field. Theoretical and empirical articles will be read each week, and discussed in class. Discussions will be led by both the instructor and students in the class.

Assessment: 100% coursework

Erik Kvan Postgraduate Scholarship 
This Scholarship is awarded to the student reading for the degree of MPhil or PhD in the Department of Philosophy or Psychology and have satisfactorily completed at least one year of study in the philosophy of mind or related areas in philosophy, or any of the following areas in psychology: perception, personality, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and have resided in Hong Kong for at least five years prior to their admission as a MPhil or PhD student of this University.

The Hong Kong Wong Clan Association Scholarship in Social Sciences 
This Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student reading for a MPhil or PhD degree at the University, on the basis of academic merit and performance.

Note: Please frequently visit http://www.scholarships.hku.hk/indexPages/Index to check for the most updated information pertaining to scholarship application.

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Chairman of Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC):
Dr. Janet Hui-wen HSIAO

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