Study Mode and Study Period

The study mode is full-time for all streams of MPhil-PhD Programme in Biological Sciences.The study period for students of different streams/stages are summarized below:

1.For MPhil students,the study period is from 24 months to 48 months.

2.For PhD students who enter with a research master's degree,the study period is from 48 months to 72 months,of which the students have maximum 24 months to pass the candidacy requirement counted from first entry.A student who fails to pass the candidacy requirement within 24 months is required to withdraw from PhD study.

3.For PhD students who enter without a research master's degree,the study period is from 60 months to 84 months,of which the students have maximum 36 months to pass the candidacy requirement counted from first entry.A student who fails to pass the candidacy requirement within 36 months is allowed to switch to MPhil study.

Degree Mode Maximum Pre-Candidacy Period Normative Period Maximum Period
MPhil Full-time -- 24 months 48 months
PhD (entering with a research master's degree) Full-time 24 months 48 months 72 months
PhD (entering without a research master's degree) Full-time 36 months 60 months 84 months

Credits Required

For MPhil students,minimum of 18 units are required from the list of lecture courses as below,with at least 12 units to be selected from Group A,and some units are required from thesis research courses.

For PhD students,minimum of 27 units are required from the list of lecture courses as below,with at least 18 units to be selected from Group A,and some units are required from thesis research courses.

Curriculum

Lecture Courses Group A

Cell and Molecular Biology

Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Diseases

Workshops in Biosciences

Professional Development in Biological Science

Advanced Biochemistry

Molecular Pharmacology and Modern Drug Development Research

Lecture Courses Group B

Topics in Computer-Aided Drug Design

Cancer Biology

Neurobiology

Immunology

Structural Analysis of Proteins

Computational Structural Biology

Topics in Biotechnology and Biological Science

Nutraceuticals and Natural Products in modern medicine

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