Academic Requirements

Professional Development Course for RPgs

In today’s competitive employment environment for research postgraduates (RPgs), academic knowledge is only one part of the equation. For success, a full package comprising sound general knowledge, research & professional skills and an innovative mindset, along with self-management ability, is required. To build such all-round capabilities, the University has introduced Professional Development Courses (PDCs) to equip our MPhil and PhD students with a comprehensive set of essential transferable skills to enhance their personal growth and career development.

All RPgs (both full-time and part-time) are required to take two PDCs as part of their program requirements. 

University-level Professional Development Course

The University-level PDC, PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students, is composed of a series of workshops and modules that must be attended over the course before completion of RPg studies.

Course Requirement

  1. 3 hours of training on Professional Conduct; and
  2. A minimum of 12 hours of elective activities/workshops at the University level under the following five designated themes:

PDC System

The PDC administration system has been designed to help students enroll in PDC activities. The system allows students to enquire what activities will be offered, and when and for which they have already registered. It also maintains a list of the activities that students have already completed.

Students can, through the PDC system:

  • View their PDC requirements,
  • Enroll in PDC activities, and
  • Track their progress in fulfilling the PDC requirements for their program.


The PDC system can be accessed via myPortal or the Administrative Service platform. First-time users can refer to the Student User Guide for technical details.

Discipline-specific Professional Development Course

To further prepare RPg students to excel in their future career, Schools/IPO have introduced discipline-specific PDCs to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for the development and advancement of their professional career inside and outside academia.  In general, the course comprises at least 13 hours of activities in the form of workshops or seminars delivered by faculty members, guest speakers, or service units of the University.

Students should refer to the Postgraduate Program Catalog for the specific program curriculum, and the PDC system for the course requirements of their own intake cohort. Enquiries can be directed to the relevant department or program office.

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