Postgraduate and Research - Courses and Examination

Postgraduate and Research


1. A candidate shall be required to submit in partial fulfillment of the M.Med degree requirements a research dissertation of not less than 20,000 words and not more than 30,000 words in accordance with specific regulations as stated hereunder.

2. This will consist of a single research topic as has been determined by each department or discipline and approved by the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research.

3. The candidate shall be responsible for carrying out the research and presenting the dissertation.

4. Four bound copies of the dissertation shall be submitted by the student through their departments to the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, at least three months before the beginning of the examination by the student through their departments. Candidates who do not submit their dissertations at this period will be barred from sitting for the Part II final examination.

5. A candidate whose dissertation is considered unsatisfactory shall not be allowed to sit for the Part II final examination. He/she will be required to re-submit the dissertation for examination after 3 months in the case of minor corrections and 6 months if there are major corrections.

6. For one to qualify for the award of an M.Med degree, he/she must pass the Part II final examination and produce an error free dissertation.

7. Every dissertation submitted must be accompanied by a written declaration by the candidate to the satisfaction of the Senate Higher Degrees Committee and the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, stating that it is the candidate’s own original work and not a copyrighted publication and that it has not been submitted for a similar degree in any other university.

8. Statement of Copyright: the dissertation must contain a statement of copyright by the author, which reads “This dissertation is copyright material of the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University. It may not be reproduced or stored in any form or by any mean such as electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise; in full or in part, without prior written permission of the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research Institute on behalf of both the author and the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University.”

9. All dissertations shall be assessed first based on the written document, followed by viva voce assessment (oral defence).

Examiners shall be:
(i) One external examiner (EE), who will normally be an expert in the field of study from outside the HKMU appointed by the University for this task.
(ii) Three Internal Examiners (IE) - the supervisor of the dissertation and two academic members of staff of the HKMU appointed through the office of the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research Institute or the Dean, Faculty of Medicine.

1. First the written document will be assessed by the EE and the department concerned through the supervisor. There after a viva voce/oral defence assessment will in all cases be organized. The candidate will present the dissertation before a panel of 4 examiners as stated above, followed by questioning by the panel for a maximum of one hour.

2. Details of the assessment procedure and grading of the dissertation:
(i) The written document (dissertation), already accepted and approved by the supervisor of the dissertation and the department, will be made available to the appointed EE who will be required to submit a written report within a period of 3 weeks from the date of receipt of the document. If a report is not received within that period, a new EE may be appointed.

(ii) The EE will be required to summarise his/her report about the dissertation using the following assessment scheme:


The result of the assessment should reach a score of at least 50% for the dissertation, to be considered satisfactory. All candidates will appear for an oral defence of the dissertation (viva voce) only after a favourable assessment of their document by the examiners.

Viva Voce Assessment (Oral Defence):

1. The panel for the oral defence will be appointed by the University through the office of the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research Institute or the Dean, Faculty of Medicine. A maximum of 3 academic staff members may, on request, be allowed to attend the viva voce silently, without participation in the discussion and without contributing to the assessment.

2. For between 20 - 30 minutes maximum, the candidate will present a summary of the dissertation to the examining panel, using either power point or overhead projection. This will be followed by questioning by panel members for a maximum of one hour (60 minutes). Questions to be asked will center around the candidate’s dissertation research area.

3. the purpose of the oral defence is to ascertain whether the dissertation presented is the original work of the candidate, and that the candidate has grasped fully the broader subject area on which the study is based and to recommend whether the candidate should be passed or failed, based on the grading criteria below:


4. Each of the four members of the examining team will first determine his/her grade individually. Thereafter, the respective grades will be converted into one common grade.

5. The grade awarded for the written document will carry 50% of the final grade, and the common grade reached by the assessment panel during the oral defence will carry the remaining 50% of the final grade for the dissertation.

6. The final grade for the dissertation will form 30% of the final grade for the Part II Examination as indicated earlier.

Grading of the dissertation:
For the grading of the dissertation the following scheme will be used:


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