Postgraduate Student Handbook 201920 (VIA) 
Administrative Rulings for Change of Study Mode and Conversion Tables 


1. 
Applications for change of study mode would be allowed only within the normative period of study. Continuing students are not allowed to change their study mode. 


2. 
Applications must be made not later than course registration of an academic year, or, in any subsequent term, before the close of the add/drop period for the term. Late applications would not be accepted or would have to take effect from the next term. Students will pay the fees of the new study mode. However, if the change takes effect after the commencement of a term (for which exceptional approval is required), students will pay the tuition fee of the new status in the following term for Master’s students, or 6month interval for doctoral students. Tuition fee would not be calculated on a prorata basis. 


I) Period of Study for Fulltime Students Changing to Parttime Studies

Programme 
Normative Period of Study 
Maximum Period of Study 
Term (or 6month Period) Completed as FT Student 
Fulltime Equivalence to Parttime 
Remaining Period of Study 


FT 
PT 
FT 
PT 


Normative 
Maximum 
Doctoral:
(i) For students with a research Master’s degree 
36 mths. 
48 mths. 
84 mths. 
96 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 
8 mths. 16 mths. 24 mths. 32 mths. 40 mths. 
40 mths. 32 mths. 24 mths. 16 mths. 8 mths. 
88 mths. 80 mths. 72 mths. 64 mths. 56 mths. 
(ii) For students without a research Master’s degree 
48 mths. 
64 mths. 
84 mths. 
96 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 36 mths. 42 mths. 
8 mths. 16 mths. 24 mths. 32 mths. 40 mths. 48 mths. 56 mths. 
56 mths. 48 mths. 40 mths. 32 mths. 24 mths. 16 mths. 8 mths. 
88 mths. 80 mths. 72 mths. 64 mths. 56 mths. 48 mths. 40 mths. 
Ed.D. 
36 mths. 
48 mths. 
84 mths. 
96 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 
8 mths. 16 mths. 24 mths. 32 mths. 40 mths. 
40 mths. 32 mths. 24 mths. 16 mths. 8 mths. 
88 mths. 80 mths. 72 mths. 64 mths. 56 mths. 
M.Phil. 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
5 yrs. (10 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 
11/2 terms 3 terms 41/2 terms 
5 terms 3 terms 2 terms 
9 terms 7 terms 6 terms 
M.A., M.Ed., M.H.Sc. M.Mus., M.P.H., M.Sc., M.S.Sc., PGDE, PG.Dip. Cutural Anthropology, PG.Dip. Prehospital and Emergency Care 
1 yr. (2 terms) 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
1 term 
2 terms 
2 terms 
6 terms 
M.S.Sc, Global Political Economy 
1 yr. (4 terms) 
2 yrs. (8 terms) 
3 yrs. (12 terms) 
4 yrs. (16 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 
2 terms 4 terms 6 terms 
6 terms 4 terms 2 terms 
10 terms 8 terms 6 terms 
M.S.Sc. (Social Work) 
2 yrs. (6 terms) 
3 yrs. (9 terms) 
4 yrs. (12 terms) 
5 yrs. (15 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 4 terms 5 terms 
11/2 terms 3 terms 41/2 terms 6 terms 71/2 terms 
8 terms 6 terms 5 terms 3 terms 2 terms 
14 terms 12 terms 11 terms 9 terms 8 terms 
M.S.W. 
1 yr. (2 terms) 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
1 term 
2 terms 
2 terms 
6 terms 
J.D.* 
24 mths. (4 terms) 
42 mths. (7 terms) 
48 mths. (8 terms) 
84 mths. (14 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 
13/4 terms 31/2 terms 51/4 terms 
6 terms 4 terms 2 terms 
13 terms 11 terms 9 terms 
LL.M. 
1 yr. (2 terms) 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
1 term 
2 terms 
2 terms 
4 terms 
* For JD / MBA double
degree students, please approach the 


II) Period of Study for Fulltime Students Changing to Parttime Studies (for “articulated” M.Phil.Ph.D. programmes only)

Programme 
Normative Period of Study 
Maximum Period of Study 
Term (or 6month Period) Completed as FT Student 
Fulltime Equivalence to Parttime 
Remaining Period of Study 


FT 
PT 
FT 
PT 


Normative 
Maximum 
Doctoral:
(i) For students with a research Master’s degree 
36 mths. 
48 mths. 
72 mths. 
84 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 
8 mths. 16 mths. 24 mths. 32 mths. 40 mths. 
40 mths. 32 mths. 24 mths. 16 mths. 8 mths. 
76 mths. 68 mths. 60 mths. 52 mths. 44 mths. 
(ii) For students without a research Master’s degree 
48 mths. 
64 mths. 
84 mths. 
100 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 36 mths. 42 mths. 
8 mths. 16 mths. 24 mths. 32 mths. 40 mths. 48 mths. 56 mths. 
56 mths. 48 mths. 40 mths. 32 mths. 24 mths. 16 mths. 8 mths. 
92 mths. 84 mths. 76 mths. 68 mths. 60 mths. 52 mths. 44 mths. 
M.Phil. 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
5 yrs. (10 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 
11/2 terms 3 terms 41/2 terms 
5 terms 3 terms 2 terms 
9 terms 7 terms 6 terms 

III) Period of Study for Parttime Students Changing to Fulltime Studies

Programme 
Normative Period of Study 
Maximum Period of Study 
Term (or 6month Period) Completed as PT Student 
Fulltime Equivalence 
Remaining Period of Study 


PT 
FT 
PT 
FT 


Normative 
Maximum 
Doctoral:
(i) For students with a research Master’s degree 
48 mths. 
36 mths. 
96 mths. 
84 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 36 mths. 42 mths. 
41/2 mths. 9 mths. 131/2 mths. 18 mths. 221/2 mths. 27 mths. 311/2 mths. 
32 mths. 27 mths. 23 mths. 18 mths. 14 mths. 9 mths. 5 mths. 
80 mths. 75 mths. 71 mths. 66 mths. 62 mths. 57 mths. 53 mths. 
(ii) For students without a research Master’s degree 
64 mths. 
48 mths. 
96 mths. 
84 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 36 mths. 42 mths. 48 mths. 54 mths. 60 mths. 
41/2 mths. 9 mths. 131/2 mths. 18 mths. 221/2 mths. 27 mths. 311/2 mths. 36 mths. 401/2 mths. 45 mths. 
44 mths. 39 mths. 35 mths. 30 mths. 26 mths. 21 mths. 17 mths. 12 mths. 8 mths. 3 mths. 
80 mths. 75 mths. 71 mths. 66 mths. 62 mths. 57 mths. 53 mths. 48 mths. 44 mths. 39 mths. 
Ed.D. 
48 mths. 
36 mths. 
96 mths. 
84 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 36 mths. 42 mths. 
41/2 mths. 9 mths. 131/2 mths. 18 mths. 221/2 mths. 27 mths. 311/2 mths. 
32 mths. 27 mths. 23 mths. 18 mths. 14 mths. 9 mths. 5 mths. 
80 mths. 75 mths. 71 mths. 66 mths. 62 mths. 57 mths. 53 mths. 
M.Phil. 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
5 yrs. (10 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 4 terms 5 terms 
2/3 term 11/3 terms 2 terms 22/3 terms 31/3 terms 
4 terms 3 terms 2 terms 2 terms 1 term 
8 terms 7 terms 6 terms 6 terms 5 terms 
M.A., M.Ed., M.H.Sc., M.Mus., M.P.H., M.Sc., M.S.Sc., PGDE, PG.Dip. Cultural Anthropology, PG.Dip. Prehospital and Emergency Care 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
1 yr. (2 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 
1/2 term 1 term 11/2 terms 
2 terms 1 term 1 term 
6 terms 5 terms 5 terms 
M.S.Sc, Global Political Economy 
2 yrs. (8 terms) 
1 yr. (4 terms) 
4 yrs. (16 terms) 
3 yrs. (12 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 4 terms 5 terms 6 terms 7 terms 
1/2 term 1 term 11/2 terms 2 terms 21/2 terms 3 terms 31/2 terms 
4 terms 3 terms 3 terms 2 terms 2 terms 1 term 1 term 
12 terms 11 terms 11 terms 10 terms 10 terms 9 terms 9 terms 
M.S.Sc. (Social Work) 
3 yrs. (9 terms) 
2 yrs. (6 terms) 
5 yrs. (15 terms) 
4 yrs. (12 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 4 terms 5 terms 6 terms 7 terms 8 terms 
2/3 term 11/3 terms 2 terms 22/3 terms 31/3 terms 4 terms 42/3 terms 51/3 terms 
6 terms 5 terms 4 terms 4 terms 3 terms 2 terms 2 terms 1 term 
12 terms 11 terms 10 terms 10 terms 9 terms 8 terms 8 terms 7 terms 
M.S.W. 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
1 yr. (2 terms) 
5 yrs. (10 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 
1/2 term 1 term 11/2 terms 
2 terms 1 term 1 term 
6 terms 5 terms 5 terms 
J.D.* 
42 mths. (7 terms) 
24 mths. (4 terms) 
84 mths. (14 terms) 
48 mths. (8 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 4 terms 5 terms 6 terms 
1/2 term 1 term 11/2 terms 2 terms 21/2 terms 3 terms 
4 terms 3 terms 3 terms 2 terms 2 terms 1 term 
8 terms 7 terms 7 terms 6 terms 6 terms 5 terms 
LL.M. 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
1 yr. (2 terms) 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 
1/2 term 1 term 11/2 terms 
2 terms 1 term 1 term 
4 terms 3 terms 3 terms 
* For JD / MBA double
degree students, please approach the 

IV) Period of Study for Parttime Students Changing to Fulltime Studies (for “articulated” M.Phil.Ph.D. programmes only)

Programme 
Normative Period of Study 
Maximum Period of Study 
Term (or 6month Period) Completed as PT Student 
Fulltime Equivalence 
Remaining Period of Study 


PT 
FT 
PT 
FT 


Normative 
Maximum 
Doctoral:
(i) For students with a research Master’s degree 
48 mths. 
36 mths. 
84 mths. 
72 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 36 mths. 42 mths. 
41/2 mths. 9 mths. 131/2 mths. 18 mths. 221/2 mths. 27 mths. 311/2 mths. 
32 mths. 27 mths. 23 mths. 18 mths. 14 mths. 9 mths. 5 mths. 
68 mths. 63 mths. 59 mths. 54 mths. 50 mths. 45 mths. 41 mths. 
(ii) For students without a research Master’s degree 
64 mths. 
48 mths. 
100 mths. 
84 mths. 
6 mths. 12 mths. 18 mths. 24 mths. 30 mths. 36 mths. 42 mths. 48 mths. 54 mths. 60 mths. 
41/2 mths. 9 mths. 131/2 mths. 18 mths. 221/2 mths. 27 mths. 311/2 mths. 36 mths. 401/2 mths. 45 mths. 
44 mths. 39 mths. 35 mths. 30 mths. 26 mths. 21 mths. 17 mths. 12 mths. 8 mths. 3 mths. 
80 mths. 75 mths. 71 mths. 66 mths. 62 mths. 57 mths. 53 mths. 48 mths. 44 mths. 39 mths. 
M.Phil. 
3 yrs. (6 terms) 
2 yrs. (4 terms) 
5 yrs. (10 terms) 
4 yrs. (8 terms) 
1 term 2 terms 3 terms 4 terms 5 terms 
2/3 term 11/3 terms 2 terms 22/3 terms 31/3 terms 
4 terms 3 terms 3 terms 2 terms 1 term 
8 terms 7 terms 6 terms 6 terms 5 terms 