M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Full-time/Part-time)

Orientation Seminar - Oct 26, 2016 

This programme is the first postgraduate programme in Hong Kong designed specifically for the training of professional industrial-organizational psychologists. Students will receive comprehensive training in utilizing psychological knowledge for improving organizational effectiveness and employee satisfaction.

 

M.Phil. Stream

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general qualifications required by the Graduate School, all applicants must also fulfil the "English Language Proficiency Requirement" as stipulated by the Graduate School before being considered for admission. Please refer to the "Postgraduate Prospectus" or Graduate School Homepage for details on these requirements.

Besides, all applicants should:

  1. possess a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or equivalent; and
  2. obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

Additional Application Information

In addition to the general application materials, all applicants should submit:

  • a statement of career aspiration and research interest (750 words in English).

all supporting documents including confidential recommendations should reach our Division on or before the application deadline.

Study Scheme

1. Coursework Requirements

  Students are required to complete a minimum of 31 units of courses (excluding thesis research courses).
  Prerequisites:
In addition to the 31 units, students are required to complete the following undergraduate courses if they have not completed them before:
i. PSYC3750 Counseling and Guidance; and
ii. An undergraduate level course offered by the Faculty of Business Administration which has to be approved by the Department of Psychology.
  (a) Required Courses:   31 units
    Students are required to take a minimun of 31 units and obtain a minimum grade of B-.    
    (i) PSYC5010, 5510, 6300, 6520, 6530, 6540, 6541, 6550, 6560, 6570, 6580 28 units  
    (ii) 1 from the following 2 courses: 3 units  
      PSYC6010, 7012    
        Total: 31 units
  (b) Thesis Research Courses:    
    Students are required to take the following thesis research course every term and obtain a minimum grade of B-:    
      Full-time students: PSYC8006    
      Part-time and continuing students: PSYC8003    

2. Other Requirements

  • Students are required to submit a research thesis and pass an oral examination for graduation. 
  • Complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) module on "Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research". This will be an online module and relevant information can be accessed from the website.
  • Students must also fulfill the additional Term Assessment Requirement of the Programme. A student who receives two (or more) grades F or below will be asked to discontinue studies.

Qualifications for Transfer from M.Phil. to Ph.D. Pre-Candidacy

All students should:

  • obtain an overall GPA of 3.5 or above in their first year of studies;
  • submit an M.Phil. thesis proposal and pass an oral thesis proposal defense by the end of February during the second term of their first year of studies; no provision for a second attempt; and
  • satisfy members of their Thesis Committee that their proposals have the potential to be expandable to become a proper Ph.D. thesis.

 

Ph.D. Stream

The objective of this programme is to train students to make independent contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge. Students are required to complete a minimum of 42 units of courses (excluding thesis research courses), pass a candidacy examination, submit a completed research report undertaken after admission, and submit a research thesis and pass an oral examination for graduation.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general qualifications required by the Graduate School, all applicants must also fulfil the "English Language Proficiency Requirement" as stipulated by the Graduate School before being considered for admission. Please refer to the "Postgraduate Prospectus" or Graduate School Homepage for details on these requirements.

Besides, all applicants should

  • possess a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or equivalent; 
  • obtain an overall GPA of 3.5 or above or honours not lower than Second Class Upper; and
  • have completed an individually supervised research thesis.

Additional Application Information

In addition to the general application materials, all applicants should submit:

  • a research proposal in English (2500 words or above); and 
  • a statement of career aspiration and research interest (750 words in English).

All supporting documents including confidential recommendations should reach our Division on or before the application deadline.

Study Scheme (Pre-Candidacy)

The "candidacy requirement" composes of three major parts, namely, coursework requirement, candidacy examination, and thesis proposal (and oral defence). Students must complete and fulfill all three parts within the "maximum period for fulfilling candidacy requirements". Details of the requirement are listed below:

1. Coursework Requirement

  Students are required to complete a minimum of 32 units of courses (excluding thesis research courses)
  Prerequisites: In addition to the 32 units, students are required to complete the following undergraduate courses if they have not completed them before:
  1. PSYC3750 Counseling and Guidance; and
  2. An undergraduate level course offered by the Faculty of Business Administration which has to be approved by the Department of Psychology.
         
  (a) Required Courses:   32 units
    Students are required to take a minimun of 32 units and obtain a minimum grade of B-.    
    (i) PSYC5010, 5510, 6050, 6300, 6520, 6530, 6540, 6550, 6560, 6570, 6580 29 units  
    (ii) 1 from the following 2 courses: 3 units  
      PSYC6010, 7012    
         Total: 32 units
  (b) Thesis Research Courses:    
    Students are required to take the following thesis research course every term and obtain a minimum grade of B-:    
      Full-time students: PSYC8006    
      Part-time and continuing students: PSYC8003    

2. Candidacy Examination

The candidacy examination is a Major Qualifying Assessment which consists of a written paper and an oral examination. Prior to the thesis proposal oral defense, students will need to do a Psych Review-type paper (literature review or meta-analysis) of approximately 6,000 words in main text (around 30 pages double-spaced) as an intensive review of a body of literature approved by their supervisor. Students are also required to pass an oral examination on this review.

The candidacy examination will be arranged 2 times per year. A student will be asked to have the second attempt when he/she has failed the examination for the first time. A student will be asked to withdraw from the programme if he/she has failed the examination for the second time.

3. Thesis Proposal and Oral Defense

After passing the Candidacy Examination*, the candidate must submit a thesis proposal of approximately 20 pages and pass a thesis proposal oral defense by a Thesis Committee consisting of his/her thesis supervisor and other nominated internal examiners.

* No later than 30 January of second year of studies for students admitted with a research Master's degree;
* No later than 30 January of third year of studies for students admitted with a Bachelor's degree.

Study Scheme (Post-Candidacy)

1. Coursework Requirement

  Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 units of course (excluding thesis research courses).
  (a) Required Courses:   10 units
    Students are required to take a minimun of 10 units and obtain a minimum grade of B-.    
    (i) PSYC6000, 6541, 6542 7 units  
    (ii) 1 from the following 3 courses*: 3 units  
      PSYC7010, 7020, 7021    
      * Students are recommended to fulfill this requirement during the Pre-Candidacy in order to match with the teaching schedule.    
        

Total:

10 units

  (b) Thesis Research Courses:    
    Students are required to take the following thesis research course every term and obtain a minimum grade of B-:    
      Full-time students: PSYC8012    
      Part-time students: PSYC8006    
      Continuing students: PSYC8003    

2. Other Requirements

  • Students are required to submit a research thesis and pass an oral examination for graduation. 
  • Complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) module on "Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research". This will be an online module and relevant information can be accessed from the website.
  • Students must also fulfill the additional Term Assessment Requirement of the Programme. A student who receives two (or more) grades F or below will be asked to discontinue studies.

Career Prospects

Graduate students of this programme have been employed in

  • training and development,
  • marketing,
  • survey research, and
  • executive search companies.

Over the past few years, the students of this programme have participated in organizational placement in the following organizations:

  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC)
  • Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd
  • China CITIC Bank International
  • Mercer Human Resource Consulting
  • KPMG
  • AsiaWorks
  • Bank of America
  • China Light & Powers
  • Hasbro Far East Ltd
  • Hong Kong Telecommunication Ltd
  • Leo Burnet
  • Mass Transit Railway Corporation
  • PA Consulting Group
  • Saville & Holdsworth Hong Kong Ltd