How is an MPhil thesis different from a PhD thesis?

An MPhil thesis examines a well-defined topic at a standard considerably higher than that of an MA dissertation, while a PhD thesis is an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the field of art history.


  • A candidate shall serve written notice to the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC) of his/her intention to submit a thesis for examination, at least three months before the expected date of submission.

  • MPhil and PhD thesis are all examined by one teacher from HKU and one External Examiner specializing in the student’s research area.

  • After the oral exam, students are granted several extra months to make revisions based on feedback from the examiners before the degree is granted.

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