The Department requires all art history RPg students to complete and pass one Department course on research methods. Students may choose — with approval of the supervisor — to take either ARTH6002 or ARTH7001. Either of these courses will also fulfill the Graduate School’s requirement for a course on research methods. If a student has previously completed and passed either of these courses during the MA or MPhil programme, s/he will be exempt from this requirement.
The Graduate School also requires a number of short courses, which usually include Research Ethics, Research Methods, Transferrable Skills, and Thesis Writing. Check their website for the latest requirements and course listings. We encourage students to consider taking HIST6011 (Introduction to History Thesis Writing), which can replace the Graduate School courses on thesis writing.
All courses taken by RPg students are assessed on a pass/fail basis. Students who fail a course at the first attempt may be re-examined in the same course or an alternative course as determined by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee. A student who fails the second attempt may be required to discontinue his or her studies.
Students who have successfully completed the required course(s) or equivalent(s), at either HKU or a comparable institution, may apply for course exemption. Possessing full-time work experience for at least 6 months may fulfill the exemption criteria for the Transferable Skills requirement. Exemptions are subject to the approval of the Graduate School on a case-by-case basis. More information is available on the Graduate School website.