PhD Thesis Requirement

Thesis Proposal Requirement

Each PhD candidate is required to submit a thesis proposal and to defend the proposal at a public oral examination, normally within one year after satisfying the qualifying requirement.

A thesis proposal examination committee, approved by the Head of the Department, consisting of a minimum of four (4) faculty members (including the supervisor) should be set up at least six (6) weeks before the date of the thesis proposal defense. A majority of the thesis proposal examination committee members shall be from the Computer Science and Engineering Department. The Director of Postgraduate Studies shall appoint the Chair of the examination committee. The thesis proposal should be distributed to the committee members at least two (2) weeks prior to the oral examination. One copy should also be given to the director of Postgraduate Studies.

The PhD thesis proposal requirement can be attempted at most twice. The second attempt must be completed within six months of the first attempt. The thesis proposal requirement must be completed before attempting the final thesis defense.

To schedule a PhD thesis proposal defense, the form Request to Schedule a PhD Thesis Proposal Defense should be completed and submitted to the Director of Postgraduate Studies.

Thesis and Final Thesis Defense Requirement

Each PhD candidate must submit a thesis describing significant original research completed at HKUST. A public oral examination conducted by a thesis examination committee must be held in defense of the thesis research.

A thesis examination committee approved by the Head of the Department, should be set up no later than nine (9) weeks before the date of the examination. This committee shall consist of five (5) members: the thesis supervisor, two academic staff members from the Department, one academic staff member from outside the department, and one member external to the University who has expertise in the field being examined. The thesis should be distributed to committee members at least four (4) weeks prior to the oral examination. One copy should also be give to the director of Postgraduate Studies.

Conduct of PhD Thesis Examination

The PhD thesis examination shall be conducted in accordance with the regulations for conduct of thesis examinations as found in the Academic Calendar.