Graduation Requirements for Master by Coursework

Course Load and the Academic Unit System

With the introduction of the Academic Units system in the university, the Master by Coursework programme students have to accumulate a total of 30 Academic Units (AUs) to graduate. Each course in the curriculum carries 3 AUs, with the exception of the Dissertation Project which carries 6 AUs. A 3-AU course comprises 39 contact hours of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work (unless otherwise specified).

Grade Point Average Requirements

The university adopts a Grade Point Average (GPA) system of calculating the overall academic performance of a student in a particular semester and for the whole programme. Letter grades obtained for courses are assigned grade points of 0 to 5.0.

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The Term Grade Point Average (TGPA) represents the grade point average for all courses taken by a student in a particular semester. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade point average for all the courses taken by the student.

Poor Academic Performance


A coursework student with poor academic performance will be subjected to the following actions:

1. Academic warning if TGPA < 2.50 in any term of study
2. Termination of Candidature if TGPA < 2.50 for the second consecutive term of study.

To meet the academic requirement for graduation, a student must:

1. Complete all the requirements for the programme of study, and
2. Attain a minimum CGPA of 2.50 (equivalent to C+ average) at the completion of the programme of study.

A student is considered to be making satisfactory progress in any semester of study if he or she attains a minimum TGPA of 2.50. A student who obtains a TGPA of less than 2.50 in 2 consecutive semesters of study will be dismissed from the programme.