Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Infectious Diseases and Public Health

Doctor of Philosophy in Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Award Title
Doctor of Philosophy
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Mode of Study

Credit Units Required for Graduation

14 and SG8001

Programme Aims

This programme aims to train and produce graduates with an understanding of advanced developments and highly marketable specialist skills in the discipline of veterinary medicine, and to meet local and regional requirements in the industrial, commercial, government or education sectors.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

1. develop intellectual competence necessary to successful academic and professional work;

2. contribute to the generation and development of knowledge in their respective fields through independent, original, and innovative research;

3. demonstrate specialist subject knowledge and a high level of transferrable skills with an emphasis on discovery-based element.

Programme Requirements

1. Research Area(s) in which research students will be admitted to:

- Food safety and veterinary public health
- Animal welfare
- Aquatic production
- Emerging and infectious diseases
- Companion animal, livestock and aquatic animal health
- Conservation and wildlife medicine

2. Programme Core Courses: (6 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
BMS8001Research Ethics and Methodolgy2
BMS8102Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences2
BMS8103Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology2

3. Programme Electives*: (8 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
BMS8105Biotherapy and Nanomedicine3
BMS8106Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine3
BMS8107Cancer Biology and Precision Medicine3
BMS8108Advanced Neuroscience3
BMS8110Genomics and Bioinformatics3
BMS8111Immunology and Infectious Diseases3

* Electives will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment.

4. Qualifying Examination:

For students admitted to the PhD programme, the Qualifying Panel will conduct a qualifying examination consisting of a written proposal on the thesis project (which should include a survey of the relevant literature, an identification of a specific research topic, the research methodology and a discussion of the possible outcomes), an oral presentation by the student, and an oral examination by the Qualifying Panel. This qualifying examination should be scheduled at the end of the first year of study.

5. Qualifying/Annual Report Submission:

i. Qualifying Report (Form SGS35)

Students are required to submit a qualifying report (in English) within the specified qualifying periods as follows:

- Full-time students: within 6-12 months from commencement of study

- Part-time students: within 9-18 months from commencement of study

ii. Annual Progress Report (Form SGS36)

Students who have been permitted to continue their studies after the qualifying period are required to submit a progress report (in English) on an annual basis until they have submitted the final version of their theses for assessment. The Qualifying Panel will provide its written assessment and feedback to the students on the Annual Progress Report (via Form SGS36).

6. Thesis:

A PhD thesis should present the results of research investigation, give evidence of a sound understanding of the area of study, its context and applicability, make a contribution to knowledge and make a substantial original contribution to knowledge in the subject areas concerned. The PhD candidate should submit a thesis for examination by the end of their maximum study period or the stipulated study period. The thesis assessment should include a compulsory oral examination and any other assessment arrangements as required by the Panel of Examiners.

7. Additional Notes:

Research students who commence studies on or after 1 June 2008 are required to take a one-credit unit compulsory course entitled Teaching students: First Steps (SG8001). Credit unit earned from this course will not be counted towards the University's minimum coursework requirement. Students are recommended to take this course in their first year of study.

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
SG8001Teaching Students: First Steps1

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