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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Arts (MALCS)

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Arts (MALCS, 2014-2015) (pdf)


Unsatisfactory Performance of Studies

[1] Late Submission
Students are required to submit their coursework assignments, dissertations or its equivalent, and any other works assigned by their course instructors on the due dates prescribed in the course syllabi that are distributed at the beginning of each semester. Due dates will be set to allow students with sufficient time to complete their work before the deadline.

Extension of submission deadline is not normally granted except for special circumstances. Students who wish to request for extension should obtain consent from their instructors prior to the submission deadline. Any related documentary evidence should be provided to support their requests.

[2] Re-submission and Re-assessment
Students who have failed in not more than two courses in an academic year may be permitted to re-submit their work for the failed course(s) for re-assessment within a specified period of time determined by the MA Board of Examiners. Students should note that they will not be allowed to retake or take another course to make up for the failed course. The failure in courses shall be recorded on the transcript, together with the new assessment result obtained from re-assessment.

Students who have presented a dissertation or its equivalent (Portfolio/Individual Project) which is unsatisfactory may be permitted to revise and re-submit their work within a specified period of time determined by the MA Board of Examiners.


Attendance and Absence

Students should attend all classes as prescribed for individual courses. Attendance and class participation will contribute to the overall assessment. Course instructors shall maintain attendance records for the course. Students who find longer absence as necessary because of illness or other unavoidable cause shall inform the Programme Chair in writing at the earliest opportunity. An application for leave of absence due to illness should be supported by medical certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner. If otherwise due to non-medical circumstances, such reasons should be clearly stated, and any related documentary evidence should be provided to support their application.


Deferral, Withdrawal and Discontinuation of Studies

[1] Deferral of Study
Students are required to submit their coursework assignments, dissertations or its equivalent, and any other works assigned by their course instructors on the due dates prescribed in the course syllabi that are distributed at the beginning of each semester. Due dates will be set to allow students with sufficient time to complete their work before the deadline.

Extension of submission deadline is not normally granted except for special circumstances. Students who wish to request for extension should obtain consent from their instructors prior to the submission deadline. Any related documentary evidence should be provided to support their requests.

[2] Re-submission and Re-assessment
According to the HKU Regulations and Syllabuses for MA, students may be required by the School Senate to discontinue from the programme under the following circumstances: (a) A candidate who is not permitted to present himself/ herself for re-examination in any paper (s) in which he/ she has failed to satisfy the examiners or to revise and re-present his/ her dissertation or equivalent requirement shall be deemed to have failed and shall be recommended for discontinuation under the provisions of General Regulation G12; (b) A candidate who has failed to satisfy the examiners in a second attempt in any course(s) or examination or in his dissertation or its equivalent requirement may be required to discontinue his studies; (c) A candidate who has failed more than two courses in the first attempt in an academic year may be required to discontinue his studies.

Further specifications concerning discontinuation of study should be referred to G11 and G12 of the General Regulations here.

[3] Withdrawal of Study
Students who wish to withdraw from the programme at any time during the academic year should inform the Programme Chair and Arts Faculty office at the first instance. They should complete the Withdrawal of Study Form (pdf) and return the completed form to the Arts Faculty office together with the Student Registration Card.

Students should note that they are liable to pay the annual composition fee, and/or any outstanding financial payments even their withdrawal of studies occur during the course of an academic year.

Overseas students are advised that deferral, withdrawal and discontinuation of studies from the programme may affect their student visa.


Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious academic and disciplinary offence. You are warned that the University does not allow or tolerate plagiarism in any form of work submitted for assessment, including but not limited to dissertations, projects, written assignments, and other forms of coursework. Any quotation and/or citation of other people's work or ideas without clear and proper acknowledgement and documentation would risk being charged of plagiarism. Any student who commits plagiarism is liable to disciplinary action which can result in serious consequences - including failure of the course where plagiarism is found, and even expulsion from the University. Consult the following websites for further information on plagiarism:


There is a possibility that students' coursework will be submitted to the Turnitin software for originality checking against proper citation or potential plagiarism. Visit the following websites for more information about Turnitin:


Arrangements During Typhoon and Bad Weather

When Tropical Storm Warning Signal No. 3 or Red Rainstorm Warning Signal is in force, it should be assumed that all classes will be held as scheduled unless an announcement to the contrary has been made by the University.

When Tropical Storm Warning Signal No. 8 (or a higher number) or the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted, the following arrangements will apply:

For classes not yet started: If either of the warnings is hoisted or in force at or after 3:00PM, all evening classes commencing from 6:00PM onward will be cancelled automatically.

For classes already started: When Tropical Storm Warning Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted, all classes will be suspended immediately. In the case of a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal, all classes, except those held outdoors, will continue.

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    Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies (MALCS)
    The University of Hong Kong

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    The University of Hong Kong,
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