Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
NIE offers higher degree studies by research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in line with the increasing emphasis on research in the areas of Humanities, Education, Sciences and Physical Education.
Applicants reading the degree of Ph.D. by research will pursue an independent but supervised research in an approved field of advanced study based on which a thesis should be between 70,000 to 100,000 words must be submitted. A Ph.D. thesis written in the Chinese language should not exceed 200,000 Chinese characters. The award of the research degree is based entirely on the work presented in the thesis.
A rigorous system is used to prepare the candidates for the research phase. In the initial stage of the PhD study, the candidates are required to pass a Qualifying Examination.
In the first 12 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in1 and2 below:
- Attend classes and pass the examinations of 6 graduate-level courses chosen from the University's Master-degree coursework programmes or from approved special topic courses and
obtain an overall average Grade B-, and no course should have a Grade below C+
- Submit an in-depth literature review of an approved research topic
In the first 24 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in1 and2 above.
Exemption of courses
Exemption of courses may be granted by the Dean if you are deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a graduate level programme at a recognized university. You would have to complete a minimum of three courses after allowing for exemptions.