Doctor of Philosophy in Digital Media Study Plan

I. Program Duration

The normal study period of Doctor of Philosophy in Digital Media program is 3 years. The maximum study period is 6 years.

II. Study Mode


III. Medium of Instruction

Chinese and English

IV. Course Structure

This program includes five core courses and two elective courses, academic activities and a doctoral dissertation.

Table 1: Core Courses (15 Credits)

Course Code

Course Title



Research Methodology 



Digital Media 



Creative Media and Technology



Principles of Interactive Design 



Design, Technology, and Representation


Table 2: Elective courses (6 credits)

Complete two elective courses from the following four courses

Course Code

Course Title



Issues in Media Studies



Intellectual Property Policy and Law



The Computer as an Expressive Medium



Special Topics in Game Design


*The University has the ultimate right to decide which course or whether the course will be opened for all elective subjects

Table 3: Others (1 credit)

Course Code

Course Title



Academic Activities


Table 4: Dissertation (12 credits)

Course Code

Course Title





V. Teaching Requirements

  1. Students are required to complete five core courses from Table 1 and two elective courses from Table 2 during the first academic year to gain 21 credits. After finishing each course, students have to pass the examination or finish a study report. The students’ grades of each course are based on the overall assessment of them in-class discussion, grades of examination and reports, etc.
  2. Students need to participate academic activities (ten times of attendance) during their studies to gain 1 credit, and students should write academic report not less than 1,000 words for each academic activity.
  3. Students should write the thesis proposal and complete the thesis proposal defense after completion of the aforementioned 21 credits under Table 1 and 2. Students can continue their research and thesis writing after completing the defense.
  4. Students have to publish at least one first-level academic paper, or two second-level academic papers in the approbatory academic journal. Then, they can attain the arrangement to carry on the oral defense.
  5. The PhD dissertation should pass the assessment and be defended successfully.

VI. Study Time

The study time for all courses is 12 months, and the dissertation writing time is generally 12 months, with a maximum of 24 months. Classes will generally be scheduled from Monday to Saturday, daytime or at nights.

VII. Graduation Requirements

Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Doctoral Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has:

  1. completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (excluding dissertation); and 
  2. abided by the regulations of the University; and 
  3. cleared all fees and charges and returned all University’s property and equipment borrowed.

Note: All curriculums and study plans are based on the newest announcement of the Boletim Oficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau.

※In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.


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