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Ph. D Program (for International Students) in the Discipline of Computer Science and Technology

With its postdoctoral research station set up as early as in 1999, the discipline enjoys a rather strong comprehensive advantages and has demonstrated great competence in fundamental and applied researches. With its substantially enhanced research abilities, the discipline is drawing close to the national first level as a whole with part of its achievements coming up as the most advanced in the country. Altogether, cheerful results have been achieved in aspects of discipline orientations, academic teams, discipline platform constructions, scientific researches, cultivation of talents and academic exchanges.

1. Objectives

Ph. Ds of the discipline are expected to have a solid knowledge of fundamental mathematics, a systematic knowledge of the discipline’s covered areas, and a profound knowledge of their orientations. With their vigorous consciousness of academic pursuits, acute awareness of innovation and an in-depth understanding of the present situations, the developing trends and the cutting-edge of the discipline, they are enabled to contribute high-level academic papers and exchange research concerns in international conferences, to carry out independent researches on fundamental theories and front issues of computer science with internationally acknowledged innovative achievements, and to undertake designing and developing large scale software or significant computer applied projects, and they are thus furnished with the qualities of being an academic leader or a project director and the qualifications for teaching in institutes of higher education.

International doctoral candidates are also expected to have a basic knowledge of Chinese history and culture, and be capable of reading Chinese scientific literatures in simple Chinese and communicating with basic skills in the Chinese language.

2. Orientations

1.   Information Security

2.   Digital Media Technology

3.   Embedded System

4.   Software Development Technology

3. Duration

The duration set for Ph.D candidates is 3-6 years full-time. An extension can be applied for by those who cannot finish their courses on time owing to objective causes, yet altogether 6 years is the last due.

4. Progression and Requirements

International students of Ph.D candidates can take 1) full-time training, i.e. the whole progression is done at UESTC, or 2) on-the-job training, i.e. finishing the course work at UESTC and completing the dissertation in their home country, with no less than 1 year to be spent at UESTC for the research work around the dissertation. Either way chosen, the dissertation defense should be done at UESTC.

The training for international students of Ph.D candidates adopts the supervisor responsibility system. The supervisor is responsible for the student’s making of personal training plan, the choice of courses, and the completion of the dissertation.

The minimum sum total credits for international students of Ph.D candidates is 14, Ph.D candidates should complete the course work of no less than a total of 12 credits (out of which at least 8 should be of the degree course categories), compulsory sections of not less than 2 credits. During the course work, according to specifications by the discipline, the student is to pass examinations held for the degree courses and examinations or assessments held for the other optional courses. Of all the degree courses, common core courses are compulsory; at least one in core courses should be taken. Master candidates are allowed to choose 1~2 inter-disciplinary core courses as their degree courses under supervisors’ guidance. Degree courses can be taken to substitute non-degree courses, but not vice versa. International students of Chinese language abilities can apply to take courses given in Chinese to local full-time graduate students and acquire corresponding credits if pass.

Those who fail to meet the credit requirements will be denied the thesis defense.

5. Curriculum

Course Categories

Course

Number

Course Name

Class Hours

Credits

Semester

Notes

Degree Courses

Common

Core Courses

611301

Comprehensive Chinese

40

2

1

compulsory

611305

A Survey of China

40

2

2

Core Courses

611004

Optimization Methods and Applications

50

2.5

1

at least

1 from 2

611005

Numerical Algebra

50

2.5

2

Disciplinary Core

 Courses

620601

Network Security

60

3

1

exam

620602

Multimedia Technology and Applications

60

3

1

exam

620603

Software Development Technology

60

3

1

exam

620605

Mobile Computing

40

2

1

exam

620609

Embedded Operating System and Application

40

2

2

exam

620610

The Design of Cryptographic Algorithm

40

2

2

exam

Non-degree

Optional

Courses

Disciplinary Optional Courses

630602

Security Protocol

40

2

1

 

630606

Operating System and Application Programming

40

2

2

 

20006027

Advanced Network

Computing

40

2

2

 

06017012

Mining of Massive

Datasets

20

1

2

 

06017013

Cloud Computing

20

1

1

 

Inter-disciplinary Optional Courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

Optional Courses

641301

Chinese Reading & Writing

40

2

2

 

641302~ 641306

A Second Foreign Language (Chinese, German, French, Russian, or Japanese)

80

3

1、2

Exempt for an HSK certificate holder

Compulsory Sections

650003

Academic Activities

(no less than 10 times)

0

1

1/2

 

65XX0X

Elective Competence Development Courses

20

1

1/2

 

65XX01

Research Proposal and Literature Review of the Thesis

Unaccounted in credit system

Assessment

required

65XX02

Comprehensive Examination for Ph.D Candidates

Unaccounted in credit system

Examination

required

 

Directions: All courses, except for the Chinese ones specified by the requirements, are totally given in English.

6. Compulsory Sections

The compulsory sections for international students of Ph.D candidates include two parts, a candidate is required to complete the following aspects:

1) Elective Competence Development Courses: through introducing the academic cutting edge knowledge, culture and arts, etc, such courses are given to improve the master candidates’ comprehensive competence. A candidate should take at least one course and get one credit after assessment.

2) Academic Activities: to enliven academic atmosphere and to further and broaden master candidates’ scope of knowledge, a candidate should attend at least ten academic lectures within and out of UESTC, and fill in the Academic Activities Registration Form and get the official stamp upon attendance. One credit can be granted to the candidate when he/she succeeds in completing the above procedures.

3) Comprehensive Examination for Ph.D Candidates: as a part of compulsory sections, candidates must pass the examination.

4) Opening Report and Literature Review of Thesis.

7. Dissertation

1) General requirements

Ph.D dissertation topics should be cutting-edge subjects of the discipline, or of significant theoretical or practical value to the development of science and technology and the society. A Ph.D dissertation is to indicate that the author is capable of solid and profound theoretical understanding and in-depth systematic knowledge of the relevant research area, is empowered to be engaged in independent scientific research or specialized technical work, and is expected to make creative achievements in science or specialized technology.

2) Dissertation job

The international student of Ph.D candidates shall proceed to take up the dissertation job after determining the topics under the supervisor’s guidance.

A. Research proposal

a. Schedule. On the basis of sound topic determination and a good amount of literature reading, the Ph.D candidate should have the research proposal completed before the end of the third semester, and the end of the fourth semester is the last due.

b. Method. The research proposal presentation should be held by the means of public lecture at the School forum. At least 3 experts in the discipline or in the relevant research field should be present, of which the candidate’s supervisor can be enlisted as one and the other two can be full professors or associate professors with Ph.D degree. Evaluation results are necessary to be made.

c. Content. The research proposal shall follow the regulations set by Research Proposal Form, which is to be fulfilled after the public lecture and submitted to the School’s graduate office for conservation and inspection.

If there is any change of the topic out of reasonable causes, the research proposal presentation should be made anew following the procedures as described above.

B. Dissertation job

The Ph.D candidate shall proceed to take up the dissertation job under the supervisor’s guidance, with the time spent on it of no less than 2 years in common situations.

C. Interim Evaluation

One year after the research proposal presentation, the Ph.D candidate shall report to an evaluation committee organized by the School on the progress of dissertation job. The evaluation committee is to be constituted by at least 3 experts in the discipline or in the relevant research field, of which the candidate’s supervisor can be enlisted as one and the other two can be full professors or associate professors with Ph.D degree. The evaluation committee members shall conduct a thorough investigation of the on-going dissertation and have their results filled into Interim Evaluation Form. If a candidate has failed to follow the original plan, the evaluation committee members should make definite opinions and measures which should also be recorded in the Form. Interim Evaluation Form thus completed shall be submitted to the School’s graduate office for conservation and inspection.

D. Dissertation writing

A Ph.D dissertation should be completed by the candidate independently under the supervisor’s guidance and meanwhile remains a systematic and integrated academic document. For a dissertation based on the teamwork, the author should distinguish his/her contribution from the other team members and provide a clear explanation of the part of collaborated efforts.

The dissertation can be written in either Chinese or English; there should be included an abstract of about 1,500 words in both Chinese and English, with the format to meet UESTC Format and Specification Manual for Postgraduate Thesis Writing.

3) As for problems regarding the dissertation defense, from its application, evaluation and holding to the final award of the degree, all shall refer to UESTC Regulations for Postgraduate Degree Conferring.