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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 Physics at 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. Six fields, Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Radio physics, Optics, Plasma Physics, and Quantum Physics and Quantum Information, 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. Theoretical Physics

2. Condensed Matter Physics

3.Radio Physics

4. Optics

5. Plasma Physics

6. Quantum Physics and Quantum Information

3.   Duration

The duration set for Ph.D candidates is 3 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 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 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. 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

6900005001

Comprehensive Chinese△

60

2

1

Compul-

sory

6900005002

A Survey of China△

40

2

2

Discip-

linary Core Courses

1107016004

Optimization Theory and Applications△

50

2.5

1

At least

1 from 2

1107016007

Numerical Algebra

50

2.5

2

0208096106

Advanced Electromagnetics Field Theory△

60

3

1

 

Non-

degree

Optional

Courses

Discip-

linaryOptional Courses

1207026006

Advanced Quantum Mechanics△

60

3

2

 

1207026016

Nano Optics△

40

2

2

 

1207027013

Silicon-Based RF Integrated Circuits Design△

20

1

2

 

1207027015

Numerical methods in optical imaging△

40

2

1

 

1207026002

Quantum Field Theory I△

50

2.5

1

 

1207026003

Quantum Field Theory II△

50

2.5

2

 

Other

Optional Courses

6900005003

Chinese Reading & Writing△

60

2

2

 

 

Inter-disciplinaryOptional Courses

 

 

 

 

Compulsory Sections

6400006003

Academic Activities

(no less than 10 times)

0

1

1, 2

 

 

Elective Competence Development Courses

20

1

1, 2

 

6400006004

Research Proposal and Literature Review of the Dissertation

Unaccounted in credit system

Assess-

ment

required

6400006005

Comprehensive Examination for Ph.D Candidates

Unaccounted in credit system

Examin-

ation

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, arts and sport, 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 Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of 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 Report and Literature Review of Dissertation (hereinafter as RPRLRD): before making the Research Proposal Report 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 Report.

7.   Dissertation

1) Requirement of academic articles for Ph.D degree

Before applying for the Ph.D degree, the candidate should have published at least 1 SCI indexed article plus 1 EI indexed article, or 1 SCI indexed article plus 1 international conference article. In all these articles, the candidate must be the first author with University of Electronic Science and Technology as the author affiliations.

2) All degree thesis problems shall refer to UESTC Regulations for Postgraduate Degree Conferring.