The University seeks to train its research postgraduate (RPg) students to develop sound research skills, to advance and create knowledge and become critical thinkers in their chosen fields of study, and to conduct enquiries in their areas of specialization in a professional, expert and ethical manner.
At HKUST, thesis supervisors are dedicated to providing research mentorship to RPg students, cultivating good academic environment and research habits, promoting research integrity, and reinforcing responsible conduct of research by example.
Thesis quality and acquired experiences are highly dependent on the supervision. The establishment and maintenance of good relationship between the thesis supervisor and the RPg student are founded on mutual respect and open communication. A successful relationship relies on the devotion of both the thesis supervisor and the RPg student.
Each student will be supervised by a Thesis Supervision Committee which consists of at least two members: the thesis supervisor and the committee chair. At least one committee member must normally have had experience, at the University or elsewhere, as the designated supervisor of the thesis research work of at least two RPg students who have successfully completed their degrees.
To ensure the quality of thesis research and to enhance the learning experience of RPg students, thesis supervisors should provide their RPg students with advice, guidance and direction of study/research, including choosing coursework, taking qualifying examinations (for PhDs only), identifying thesis research topics, conducting research, preparing for thesis defense and submitting the final thesis. Thesis supervisors are expected to:
RPg students are expected to take the initiative to actively engage in every aspect of their study. They are expected to: