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Doctor of Science in Physics

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Physics is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. It is conducted to disclose the structure of matter, interaction between matters, and the motion laws of matters in order to understand the universe. It results in many significant technologies and products.

The School of Physical Electronics of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China has the primary objective of advancing knowledge of physics and training of qualified manpower to acquire and develop an economy based on high technology. It is also involved in inter-disciplinary research with other branches of science as well as engaging in collaborative work with industry. Five fields, Condensed Matter Physics, Radiophysics, Theoretical Physics, Plasma Physics, and Optics, have established their reputation for research excellence. Collaborations in research across national borders and disciplines have been built. The school intends to play a key role in the advancement of China into a high-tech era.

This programme offers excellent opportunities for students to further develop their potential as intellectual leaders for a wide range of career paths. They will not only acquire fundamental and emerging knowledge in physics, but also solve practical problems of relevance to industrial development.

1.    Objectives

Candidates of Doctor of Philosophy in Physics are expected to have a profound knowledge in fundamental physics and experimental skills. They are also required to have a clear vision of cutting-edge research and emerging trends in physics. The candidates should be able to develop research projects and conduct research independently.

International candidates of Doctor of Philosophy in Physics are required to achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in Chinese to communicate in Chinese. They must take A Survey of China and Comprehensive Chinese.

2.    Orientations

1)        Condensed Matter Physics

2)        Radiophysics

3)        Theoretical Physics

4)        Plasma Physic

5)        Optics

3.    Duration

The duration set for Ph.D candidates is three years full-time. An extension can be applied for by those who cannot finish their courses on time owing to objective causes, yet altogether six 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 supervisor responsibility mechanism is adopted in the education for international Ph.D candidates. The supervisor is responsible for the student’s making of personal study plan, the choice of courses, and the completion of the research report or the degree thesis.

The minimum 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 no 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. Ph.D 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

611302

Comprehensive Chinese△

60

2

1

Compulsory

611305

A Survey of China △

40

2

2

Core Course

611004

Optimization Methods and Applications

50

2.5

1

At least

1 from 2

611005

Numerical Algebra

50

2.5

2

Disciplinary Core Courses

620201

Advanced Electromagnetics Field Theory △

50

2.5

2

 

Non-degree

Optional

Courses

DisciplinaryOptional Courses

620401

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

60

3

2

 

630401

Nano Optics△

40

2

2

 

04027006

Silicon-Based RF Integrated Circuits Design △

40

2

2

 

04027008

Numerical methods in optical imaging △

40

2

1

 

04076004

Quantum Field Theory I

50

2.5

1

 

04076005

Quantum Field Theory II

60

3

2

 

20007001

Pattern Recognition

40

2

2

 

Other

Optional Courses

641302

Chinese Reading & Writing△

60

2

2

 

641302~ 641306

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

80

3

1/2

Exempt for an HSK certificate holder

 

Inter-disciplinary Optional Courses

 

 

 

 

Compulsory Sections

650003

Academic Activities (no less than 5 times)

 

1

1/2

 

65XX0X

Elective Competence Development Courses

20

1

1/2

 

65XX01

Research Proposal and Literature Review of the Dissertation

Unaccounted in credit system

Assessment

required

65XX02

Comprehensive Examination

for Ph.D Candidates

Unaccounted in credit system

Examinations

required

 

Directions: 1.All courses, except for the Chinese ones specified by the requirements, are totally given in English. 2. △ means which can be selected by both Masters and Ph.Ds.

6.    Compulsory Sections

The compulsory sections for international students of Ph.D candidates include four 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 Ph.D 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 Ph.D candidates’ scope of knowledge, one 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 (hereinafter as CEPC):which is taken upon their completion of all required courses. It mainly tests their understanding of basic theories and professional knowledge, and also checks their mastery of the research directions, of the leading edge, and of the dynamics in relevant fields.

A. Ph.D. candidates should generally take the CEPC at the end of the first year after enrollment. Those who fail in CEPC will have the opportunity to resit in the next year. If one still fails the resit, then she/he cannot participate in the dissertation defense and will terminate the study.

B. The CEPC is implemented by the Examination Committee (hereinafter as EC), which is composed of three experts designated by the AcademicDegreeEvaluationCommitteeof the School. The chairman of EC must be a professor, while the other members being professors or associate professors.

C. The CEPC can integrate written and oral patterns with one-hundred-mark system. The written examination should account for at least 50%.

D. According to the actual situation, each discipline should organize two times of CEPC each year in April and October respectively. Having collected the test questions, test papers, oral test records and comments of the CEPC, the Teaching Affairs Secretary of each school should submit all these materials with the results of CEPC to the Section of Teaching Management in Graduate School for filing and preservation.

4) The Research Proposal Rand Literature Review of the Dissertation (hereinafter as RPRLRD): before making the Research Proposal for the dissertation, all Ph.D. candidates should read more than 30 papers in the leading edge of their discipline from the latest literature. Then everyone should finish a literature review report of about 5,000 words as well as the corresponding Research Proposal.

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.