Guidelines for Candidacy and Degree Examination for Ph. D Students in Ph.D. Program of Aquatic Science and Technology, College of Hydrosphere Science, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology
Approved at the College Faculty Meeting on January 20, 2020
Amended at the College Faculty Meeting on March 10, 2020
Amended at the College Faculty Meeting on April 07, 2020
Amended at the College Faculty Meeting on November 17, 2020
School and Graduate Institute of Ph.D. Program of Aquatic Science and Technology , College of Hydrosphere Science (hereinafter referred to as Ph.D. Program) Graduation Regulation (hereinafter referred to as Regulation) according to “University Act” “Enforcement Rules of the University Act” “Degree Conferral Act” “Enforcement Rules of Degree Conferral Law” “NKUST Regulations for Examination for Ph.D. students”.
Relevant matters for Ph.D. students in school:
Study Period: 2~7 years (not including the period of enrollment and quit school)．
Student should gain the dean of hydrosphere science and thesis advisors’ s permission to choose the course.
A minimum 34 credits must be completed by each student, including 13 credits from the core courses of the major;21 credits from the courses in the fields required by the major.
Employment of thesis advisors:
Ph.D. student has to choose thesis advisors before 9th week in first semester. that at least 1 person are is or was a professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. No committee member can be the spouse, blood relative or in-law within three degrees of consanguinity of the PhD’s candidate and file application form with college of hydrosphere science.
If you want to change your thesis advisors, please fill out application but you also gain two thesis advisor’s signatures, permission. File application form with college of hydrosphere science.
According to (1) and (2) If thesis advisors are retired or resigned, have to do the way mutual guidance.
According to regulations for Instating the Advisory Committee Member, Council for graduate student thesis that thesis advisory of PhD student should set up an advisory committee after student enrollment. Set up an advisory committee member, council for PhD student thesis. PhD students have to call an advisory committee meeting that discuss thesis title and course, anticipation, research field before the end of first semester. Please gain advisory committee member permission and submit a document to college of hydrosphere science.
If PhD student want to change thesis topic, have to call an advisor committee again.
If it is necessary, Ph.D. students can raise a request that you need co-advisor outside of college. Please gain thesis advisor’s permission and submit an application to college of hydrosphere science.
Ph.D. candidate qualifying examination (comprehensive test) requirement.
Qualifying examination requirement:
Students are expected to complete the qualifying examination by the end of their eighth semester in the Ph.D. program. The only exception to this policy occurs when the student is granted an official leave of absence. Students are only allowed to take qualifying exam twice within this time frame. Failure to complete qualifying exam within the established time limits may lead to dismissal.
The Examination Committee of each PhD’s candidate must consist of three to five members recommended to the dean by the teaching institute from among the scholars and experts inside and outside of NCTU specializing in the area of research or study of the applicant. These members must fulfill at least one of the following requirements. The organization of the committee shall be subject to the dean’s decision.
A PhD student who has passed the PhD candidate qualifying examination (COM), other evaluations of the department (graduate institute) before they change thesis advisors. The new thesis advisors can see the situation, then decide whether they need to review their paper again (research field, direct). But can’t cancel the doctoral degree upon her / him.
Thesis publication process of registration:
Before students submit their thesis, have to conformed one of the conditions below:
Research results have to publish on TSSCI, FLI, EconLit, SSCI, SCI (need formal acceptance letter) at least two theses (you need to be first author or corresponding author and only for one person apply) during the PhD program.
Research results have to publish on TSSCI, FLI, EconLit, SSCI, SCI (need formal acceptance letter) at least one thesis (you need to be first author or corresponding author) and at least one dissertation context is study about invention patent during the PhD program.
Research results have to publish on TSSCI, FLI, EconLit, SSCI, SCI (need formal acceptance letter) at least one thesis (you need to be first author or corresponding author and only for one person apply) and at least four dissertation context is study about utility model patent during the PhD program.
Published research before PhD program and other thesis has no relevance that was not allowing NKUST confer a master’s degree upon the student.
Every thesis by PhD student published that need to indicate the service unit and NKUST have to be one of them.
If the student has changed thesis advisors, she/he must need to gain original and new thesis advisor’s signature, permission. There are other disputes were coordinated by the dean.
Co-hire and retired teachers have to fellow regulations as stated above. Retired teacher and co-advisor have to negotiate the name of thesis advisor of sequence.
The determination criteria of the qualifications in subsections 1. to 5. of the foregoing paragraph shall be prescribed by each thesis advisor or dean.
The PhD candidate qualifying examination
A PhD student of NKUST who are fulfilling After 109 academic year enrollment students (including 109) must fulfill at least one of the following requirements can apply for an oral defense.
IBT-TOEFL 61 points or TOEIC 650 points.
Passed General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) high-intermediate level first round.
Give twice the oral presentation for thesis with English in international seminar that English is there official language.
Foreign students do not include all the requirements.
PhD students who passed qualifying examination requirement and thesis publication process of registration can be recommended by the thesis advisor during the application deadline.
Registration of PhD oral defense committee. All oral defenses must comply with the following rules.
Thesis advisor of NKUST must select members to form the PhD oral defense committee. The committee must consist of five to nine members recommended to the president by the department or graduate institute from among scholars and experts inside and outside of NKUST specializing in the area of research or study of applicants. The number of members from inside of NKUST should be a convener and must be no less than a third of the total number of members. The number of members from outside of NKUST must be no less than one and half of the total number of members.
NKUST part-time teacher to be appointed outside member.
No committee member can be the spouse, blood relative or in-law within three degrees of consanguinity of the PhD’s candidate.
If the person is or was not a professor, Academicians, researcher of Academia Sinica in committee that should pass the review of graduate institute meeting.
Committee is appointed by dean proposing to the president.
The PhD student who fail the exam and study period isn’t over can re-examine once next semester. Re-examine still fail that are according to regulations. A postgraduate student who fails to pass the oral defense or complete all required courses within the maximum period of study must drop out of NKUST.
If there are any issues that are not covered in this regulation, they shall be handled in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and relevant academic rules.
The above regulations are announced by president to take effect after approved in the college council and the same shall apply to any amendment thereto.