Comprehensive Examination CE

Comprehensive Examination (C.E) for (Ph.D.)

Students pursuing a doctoral degree is required to take the Comprehensive Examination (C.E) which aims to evaluate the student’s knowledge in the area of study, his ability to integrate knowledge of research and/theories pertaining to issues that are fundamental to the field of study and his understanding of relevant research design and methodology. For this purpose the following regulations shall apply: 

a. A student shall be permitted to sit for the C.E only after completion of all coursework required for the programme and within five (5) semesters or two and a half (2 ½) years of cumulative enrolment, failing which his Ph.D. candidature will be terminated.

b. A Student who converts his Masters study into a doctoral study is required to pass the C.E within three (3) semesters or one and a half (1 ½) years of cumulative enrolment after the conversion date.

c. The C.E shall consist of both written and oral examinations and the student is required to pass both examinations with an equivalent of ‘B’ grade.

d. The student is not permitted to take the oral examination until he has passed the written examination. The oral examination should be conducted not later than 30 days after the written examination.

e. The examinations are be conducted by his supervisory Committee, or a special committee appointed by the Faculty.

f. If a student is unable to take the C.E within the stipulated time, due to medical reasons or other emergencies he is required to apply for an extension with relevant supporting documents for
approval by Dean.

g. A student is given two opportunities to pass the examination. The second examination must be taken within 60 days after the first examination. Failure at the second attempt
shall result in the termination of the candidacy unless he is recommended for reversal of study from a PhD to a Masters degree programme[Rule 26(i)].

Comprehensive Examination for Master of Education  (M.Ed.) and Master of Human Resource Development (MHRD)(Without Thesis Programme)

Students in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Human Resource Development (M.HRD) programme may choose to do a project paper or sit for a comprehensive examination. For those students who choose to sit for the comprehensive examination, they are required to register online at the beginning of the final semester. The examination will be held within one week after the examination week. A student must pass the Master’s comprehensive examination with at least a C+ grade. Students can sit for the examination once they complete all the course credit requirements and have obtained a CGPA of not less than 3.00.


For Master of Education programme, the examination is divided into three parts: 

1. Research Method (2 hours).

2. Field of study (2 hours).

3. Specialisation (2 hours).

As there may be variations within fields of study, students are advised to refer to their academic advisors for further information.


For Master of Human Resource Development programme, the examination is divided into four parts:

1. Theory/Foundation in Human Resource Development (1 ½ hour).

2. Practice/Application of Human Resource Development (1 ½ hour).

3. Research Methods (1 ½ hour).

4. Statistics in Social Science (1 ½ hour).

Updated:: 31/10/2013 [taufikrahmat]


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