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Supervision

Appointment Process

Before a supervisor is appointed, a student needs to submit a 2-page research prospectus indicating the following;

  • proposed title and scope of study,
  • brief statements of research problems,
  • conceptual framework (e.g. the variables involved, methods used in brief)
  • reasons for undertaking the study (e.g. career enhancement, academic requirement, self-fulfilment)

Supervisor

The School may assign a suitable supervisor after admission or the student may nominate his/her own supervisor by submitting a Nomination of Thesis Supervisor / Supervisory Committee Form (SGS S001) and the research prospectus.

  • A student with the advice of the Supervisor may nominate a Supervisory Committee (if required). If a Supervisory Committee is required, the student must complete and submit a Nomination of Thesis Supervisor/Supervisory Committee Form (SGS S001) to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • A Supervisory Committee must consist of a Chairman and at least one (1) other member who is capable of providing advice and guidance to the student’s research.
  • The Chairman of the Supervisory Committee may be the Supervisor or any other academic member appointed by the School.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, a Supervisor/Supervisory Committee for a student pursuing a Master’s degree may also be one of the following persons:

  • An academic staff member who is a Doctoral degree holder; or
  • An academic staff member with the rank of a Lecturer with a Master’s degree qualification and has published his research; or
  • An individual with relevant postgraduate or professional qualification recognised by the University.

Whereas, Supervisor/Supervisory Committee for a student pursuing a Doctoral degree may be one of the following persons:

  • An academic staff member who is a Doctoral degree holder; or
  • An academic staff member who is a Professor/Associate Professor; or
  • An individual with relevant postgraduate or professional qualification recognised by the University.

Changes

A student may seek to change the Supervisor or reconstitute the Supervisory Committee if he/she believes that continued supervision by the Supervisor/Supervisory Committee will not lead to the satisfactory completion of the degree. The student has to complete and submit a Change of Dissertation/Thesis Supervisor or Reconstitution of Thesis Supervisory Committee Form to the Dean for approval.