All courses taken by research postgraduate 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 Committees. A student who has not satisfied the examiners in any course (which, for this purpose, includes the alternative course) in a second attempt may be required to discontinue his or her studies.
Students who have successfully completed the required course(s) or equivalent(s), either from HKU or a comparable institution, may apply for course exemption. Possessing full-time work experience for at least 6 months may fulfill the course exemption criteria for Graduate School Courses on Transferable Skills.
Please note that exemption from courses is subject to the approval of the Graduate School on a case-by-case basis, taking into account individual circumstances.
More info is available in the Graduate School website and the application form can also be downloaded there.