Course Requirements

    Required Credits Course Category Course Description
    3 Compulsory Courses Colloquium 1 credit per semester; 3 credits are required before DDE.
    2 Special Topics 1 credit per semester; 2 credits are required in the first year.
    2 Seminar 1 credit per semester; 2 credits are required before DQE.
    1 Doctoral Thesis 1 credit is required before DDE.
    18

    1. At least 18 credits of NTU courses in English are required. (Core courses + Elective courses)
    2. At least 2 Core Courses approved by NTU-MST must be included.
    3. At least 4 courses before Doctoral Qualifying Exam (DQE); (these courses should include at least 2 Core Courses.)
    4. Elective Courses should be in the fields of physics, chemistry, engineering, and life science. The listed Core Courses can also be selected as the Elective Courses.
    5. At most 2 courses can be waived for the credits of the Elective Courses.
    6. If there is any course which you would like to take and is not on the elective course list, you can discuss with your supervisor and propose it to the committee. 
    Others Ethics At least 6 hours are required.
    Elementary Chinese International students have to take 2 semester courses of “Chinese” within the first two years of their enrollment.


    Progress Report

    Submit progress report ( ) to the NTU-MST office every semester in the first two years of enrollment. The due time is January 15 in fall semester and July 15 in the spring semester.


    Selection of Advisor

    Select the thesis advisor and complete the Advisor Agreement Form ( ) within the first year of enrollment.


    Qualifying Exam

    01

    Pre-requisites

    The student who is eligible to apply for DQE should have passed 4 courses (the average grade ≥B⁻) ; the courses should include at least 2 Core Courses.

    The application ( ) should be submitted to the NTU-MST Office 2 months before the date of DQE.

    DQE should be finished within 2 academic years or 4 academic semesters.

     

    02

    Schedule

    In case of failure in the DQE, a student can retake DQE only once.

    Students are suggested to apply for DQE before 3/31 (for spring semester) or 9/31 (for fall semester).

     

    03

    Format

    The examination is in a form of oral presentation to a committee, in which the members are suggested by student’s thesis advisor. The committee consists of 3 members, excluding the thesis advisor.

    A proposal should be related to the research topic, in which the abstract, research background, experimental procedures, results and discussion, and reference are clearly stated, should be sent to DQE committee members 7 days before the exam.

     


    Graduation Requirements

    01

    Course Requirements

    The student has to achieve all the Course Requirements.

     

    02

    Publication Requirement

    The student has to achieve one of the following conditions:Be the first author of a paper published in a journal, which is ranked within 15% in a subject category of SCI.

    Be the author of two papers, which are published in journals ranked within 40% in their subject categories of SCI, and be the first author of one of the papers.

    Be the author of three papers, which are published in SCI journals, and be the first author of one of the papers.

     

    03

    Dissertation Defense Examination Pre-requisites

    The student who is eligible to apply for Dissertation Defense Examination should have fulfilled the Course Requirements and passed the Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE).

    The application ( ) should be approved by student’s thesis advisor and submitted to the NTU-MST office, attached with summary of graduate studies, 2 months ago  ).

      

    04

    Format

    The examination is in a form of oral presentation. The Dissertation Defense Examination committee is organized by the thesis advisor. The committee consists of at least 5 members (including the advisor), and at least 1/3 of the members should be non-NTU faculty.

    Students have to finish thesis dissertation and send it to the Dissertation Defense Examination committee members 15 days before the examination.

     

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