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 a Professional Development Course (PDC) to provide 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 a PDC as part of their program requirements. These PDCs are composed of a series of different workshops and modules that must be attended over the course before completion of RPg studies. Professional development training covers the following themes: Professional Conduct, Communication Skills, Research Competency, Entrepreneurship, Self-Management, and Career Development.

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Course Requirements

  1. 3 hours of training on Professional Conduct; and
  2. 12 hours of elective activities/workshops at the University level under five designated themes: Communication Skills, Research Competency, Entrepreneurship, Self-Management, and Career Development

Students admitted in previous years should refer to the Postgraduate Program Catalog for the specific program curriculum and course requirements set out in the PDC system for their own intake cohort.

PDC Administration System

To help administrators keep track of student attendance and their progress in fulfilling the PDC requirements, an online administration system has been developed for use by Schools, Departments/Program Offices, and service units.

We would welcome feedback from your end for our further enhancement of the system.

For enquires about the PDC system, please contact You may wish to check out the FAQ page for quick answers.

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