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Doctor of Engineering in Software Engineering

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As software industry becomes a pillar industry in national economy, discipline of Software Engineering becomes one of the fast developing disciplines in Information Technology. The development in this field has a wind-range, multidimensional, multilayer and interdisciplinary architecture. The knowledge in this field includes software requirement, software design, software test, software maintenance, software configuration management, software project management, software ethics and laws, software security and software quality. It is also connected with various disciplines such as system engineering, domain engineering, digital technology, embedded system, network and information security, system management and support and marketing.

1.    Objectives

The Ph.D candidates of this discipline are selected from high-level talents in the field of software engineering, according to development of software technology and demand of software industry.

Ph.D Graduates of the discipline are expected to have a solid knowledge of the fundamentals in the field of software engineering. They are with comprehensive quality and able to carry out researches independently in the field. They are expected to achieve internationally acknowledged research results. They have broad academic visions,  innovation consciousness, and in-depth understanding of present situations, developing trends and cutting-edge of the discipline. They are able to write academic papers in English and give lectures at international academic conferences. They can undertake the task of designing and developing large scale software projects. They are qualified as a teacher at institutes of higher education.

2.    Orientations

1)        Network Security

2)        Network Engineering and Application

3)        Embedded Software Technology and Application

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 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 Name

Class Hours




Degree Courses


Core Courses


Comprehensive Chinese△






A Survey of China△




Core Courses


Optimization Methods and Applications




at least 1 from 2


Numerical Algebra




Disciplinary Core Courses


Fundamentals of Network Computing△






Software Architecture Model and Design△








DisciplinaryOptional Courses


New Theory and Practice of  Database△






Theory and technology of network security△






Data Analysis and Data mining△






Optional Courses


Chinese Reading & Writing△





641302~ 641306

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




Exempt for an HSK certificate holder


Inter-disciplinaryOptional Courses





Compulsory Sections



(no less than 10 times)






Elective Competence Development Courses






Research Proposal and Literature Review of the Dissertation

Unaccounted in credit system




Comprehensive Examination for Ph.D Candidates

Unaccounted in credit system




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 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 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 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) 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.