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Key Dates for a 3-year Full-Time PhD Student

Year of Study



Admitted in Sem 1

Admitted in Sem 2

Admitted in Summer Term


Study commencement

1 Sep or 1st day of Sem 1, whichever is earlier

1 Jan

1 May

Report Study at General Office of the host department/school*

1st working day upon study commencement

Research Language Skills Assessment (RLSA)#

Within one month after programme registration


Confirmation of Registration

30 Apr

31 Aug

31 Dec


Completion of Coursework

Sem 2 of the
Academic Calendar

Summer Term of the Academic Calendar

Sem 1 of the Academic Calendar

Notice of Thesis Submission/ Application for Continuing Study beyond Normal Period of Study

30 Apr

31 Aug

31 Dec

Thesis Submission
(End of Normal Period of Study)

31 Aug

31 Dec

30 Apr


Annual Progress Report:

All RPg students will be assessed by their academic host departments/schools annually.  Each RPg student is required to submit a progress report and will be allowed to proceed on with his/her studies subject to satisfactory performance as judged by D/SRC.

The reporting requirements will be announced at the appropriate time in each academic year.

HKPFS students are required to submit a Progress Report on an annual basis to the RGC via GS and D/SRC Chair during the Fellowship period.

* Full-time stipend recipients have to complete programme registration within the period specified in the Notice of Offer and report study at the General Office of the host department/school on or before the deadline as specified above in order to receive the full-month stipend in the first month. Stipend recipients who fail to complete programme registration or report study by the deadline will start receiving stipends from the first day of the following month of the date that he/she commences study.

# This schedule of taking Research Language Skills Assessment (RLSA) is applicable to RPg students of the 2021/22 Cohort and after.


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