Course Requirements




Master's Course structure (27 credits)

Obligatory Courses (Total 9 Credits):

Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)
Academic Training Seminar (3 credits)
Independent Study (3 credits total; one credit per Independent Study)

Required Concentration (Total 3 Credits):

One or more courses in Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts

Electives (Total 15 Credits):

Suggested Concentrations Include:
Taiwan Culture
Modernity in East Asia
Comparative Study of Cultural History
Note: 9 credits are open for outside school elective courses

 

 

PhD Curriculum (24 credits)

Obligatory Courses (Total 9 Credits):

Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)
Academic Training Seminar (3 credits)
Independent Study (3 credits total; one credit per Independent Study)

Required Concentration (Total 6 Credits):

Two or more courses in Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts

Electives Within Cultural Studies (Total 9 Credits):

Suggested Concentrations Include:
Taiwan Culture
Modernity in East Asia
Comparative Study of Cultural History

Notes:
1. 9 credits open for outside school elective courses
2. Completion of a second language required

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Master's Degree Regulations

I. Admission Requirements

(1) To be eligible for admission to the Master’s program leading to the Master’s degree, a candidate shall hold a Bachelor’s degree from local public or private universities (including independent institutes); or a Bachelor’s degree from foreign universities recognized by the Ministry of Education; or other qualification of equivalent standard recognized by the Ministry of Education; and shall pass the qualifying examination or interview.

(2) A student who has completed the first year of a Master’s program in a similar department of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University is eligible to transfer to the Institute of SRCS and will be evaluated on an individual basis. A transfer applicant is required to submit a transcript, a semester report and an application form. The application is reviewed and approved by the SRCS Institutional Affairs Meeting. The approved student shall not re-apply or return to their previous department.

II. Period of Study

(1) The minimum and maximum periods of study for the Master’s program are one and four years for a full-time student. A part-time student may extend the period of study for one additional year. A student who has demonstrated outstanding performance may apply for early graduation.

(2) A student who applies for a suspension of study due to special circumstances is subject to approval by their advisor and the chair of the Institute of SRCS. The student may suspend their studies for one semester or one academic year at a time, and may suspend for a maximum of four consecutive semesters (two years). The accumulated suspension period shall not exceed two academic years, but in case of serious illness treatment and rehabilitation, a student can apply for an extended suspension. The applicant is subject to approval by the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who applies for a one or two-year suspension may be permitted to early readmission if the student is not conscripted for military service. A student who receives a Conscription Order during their suspension period is not permitted to early readmission. A student who is conscripted for military service during the suspension and is not discharged within two years shall provide proof from the military and apply for an extended suspension. After completing the military service, the student shall apply for readmission with a Military Service Discharge Order.

III. Program Requirements (Please also refer to the education objectives and curriculum of the Institute of SRCS)

(1) A student is required to complete a thesis. Theses of the Institute of SRCS have three types: Type A Thesis, Type B Thesis and Type C thesis (please see point 6 of the regulation). A student who chooses to complete Type A thesis or Type C Thesis is required to fulfill 27 credits. A student who chooses to complete a Type B thesis is required to fulfill 33 credits, of which 6 credits must be approved by their advisor and must be correspond to the direction of their Type B Thesis.

(2) In order to graduate, a student is required to complete the following compulsory courses: “Introduction to Cultural Studies,” “Professional Training Seminar” and “Independent Study”. “Independent Study” is conducted on a tutorial basis according to the student’s research area and thesis topic, during which the student needs to work out a reading list and discuss the progress of the research or field work with their advisor or professor whose area of expertise is related to the student’s research topics. Each “Independent study” is given 1 credit, and a student is required to complete three “Independent Study” courses, which make up a total of 3 credits. “Independent Study” shall be taken from the 2nd semester of the first academic year to the 2nd semester of the second academic year. In addition to the compulsory courses, a student is required to select 3 credits from each of the following course groups: “Social and Cultural Theory” and “Cultural Studies: Methods and Practices”. As for the rest of the credits, a student is encouraged to develop their areas of expertise by selecting courses from the following areas: “Society and Culture of Taiwan”, “Critical Studies of Inter-Asia Societies”, and “Art, Society and Movement”. Auxiliary courses or courses of other departments and schools recognized by the Institute of SRCS are eligible for credit transfer. A foreign student may select “Introduction to Inter-Asia Cultural Studies” (course conducted in English) of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Program of the University System of Taiwan as an alternative to “Introduction to Cultural Studies”. The foreign student may also select “Thesis Writing and Methodology” (course conducted in English; opened every two years) of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Program of University System of Taiwan as an alternative to “Professional Training Seminar.”

(3) Besides the courses offered by the Institute of SRCS, a student may also select courses from other universities. The student is required to submit the respective course syllabus and obtain approval from their advisor (or mentor) or the chair of Institute of SRCS before selecting the course. Inter-school credits shall not exceed 9 credits.

(4) An application for credit waiver may be filed for courses and credits already taken and acquired in a student’s undergraduate studies. To apply, the student is required to submit the transcript and the course syllabus to the Curriculum Committee of the Institute of SRCS. Decisions are made by the Curriculum Committee.

(5) An application for credit waiver may be filed for courses and credits of the Institute of SRCS already taken but not counted as graduation credits in a student’s undergraduate studies. The application and the review of credit waivers shall be in accordance with related regulations. The credits will be granted as Master’s program credits if approved by the institute’s Curriculum Committee.

(6) For a student who has obtained some credits before retaking the qualifying examination for admission or is readmitted, the credits are to be waived accordingly. The credits waived shall not exceed one-half of the graduation credits.

IV. Mentors and Advisors

(1) A newly enrolled student may choose a mentor of their own choice. A mentor will be assigned randomly by the SCRC office if the enrolled student does not choose one. Starting from the beginning of the 1st semester, the mentor shall advise the student about settling into academic life and selecting courses. The mentor’s supervision will be continued until the student chooses an advisor.

(2) A student is recommended to discuss their course selection with their mentor or advisor before the start of every semester.

(3) A student shall choose an advisor by the 3rd semester. An advisor shall be chosen according to the research area of the student’s thesis. A student shall submit an application to confirm the advisor-student partnership. The advisor chosen must be a faculty member of the Institute of SRCS – this includes full, associate, adjunct or joint assistant professors (and any rank above). If a student seeks to choose a faculty member who is not a full, associate, adjunct or joint assistant professor (and any rank above) as their advisor, the student will have to seek approval from the SRCS Institutional Affairs Meeting.

(4) If a student seeks to terminate the advisor-student partnership or change their advisor, the student is required to file a formal application with the Institute of SRCS. The student is also required to inform their original advisor. The application shall be filed for future reference by the SRCS Institutional Affairs Meeting. The application does not need to be approved by the original advisor.

(5) If an advisor seeks to terminate the advisor-student partnership, the advisor is required to file a formal application with the Institute of SRCS. The Institute of SRCS shall notify the advisor and the student of the decision taken on the application. The Institute of SRCS shall assist the student in finding another advisor.

(6) After terminating an advisor-student partnership, the results of the student’s research that were overseen by the previous advisor shall only be included in their thesis when approved by the previous advisor.

V. Graduation Thesis (Applicable to all enrolled students)

(1) Thesis Types

1. A student of the Institute of SRCS shall complete a Type A Thesis, Type B Thesis or Type C Thesis.

2. A student shall obtain approval from their advisors when selecting a thesis type. An application of thesis type shall be filed 6 months prior to graduation examination.

3. A student is still eligible to change their thesis type after filing an application after obtaining approval from the advisor. A reapplication of thesis type shall be filed 6 months prior to graduation examination.

(2) Thesis Proposal (Applicable to Type A thesis and Type C thesis)

1. A student shall apply for a thesis proposal defense after completing 18 credits.

2. A student is required to submit a thesis proposal three weeks prior to their proposal defense. The thesis proposal shall be approved and signed by the student’s advisor. The advisor and the chair of the Institute of SRCS shall facilitate the formation of a 3-person thesis committee. The thesis proposal defense shall be conducted openly. The Institute of SRCS shall announce the time, location, and the thesis topic one week prior to the proposal defense.

3. A student who chooses to write a Type B thesis does not need to submit any proposal.

(3) Graduation Examination (Oral Defense and Thesis Review)

1. A student who has completed the required courses, credits and other evaluations is eligible to submit a thesis and apply for graduation examination. The Master’s degree shall be conferred to the student who has completed their thesis and has passed an oral defense set up by an Oral Defense Committee. However, a student who is recommended by their advisor can apply for an early oral defense even the student has not completed the required courses and credits. The Master’s degree will be conferred after the required courses and credits are completed. If any required course is not completed during the semester the recommended student passes the oral defense, the score of the oral defense will not be recognized.

2. The graduation examination/oral defense shall not be scheduled within 3 months after the proposal defense. Students shall complete a “thesis originality check” and submit a similarity report 3 weeks prior to the oral defense for the Oral Defense Committee members’ reference. After the oral defense, the advisor shall sign a NYCU Thesis Defense Grading Sheet, and the student shall submit the Grading Sheet in time according to the school calendar. A student who fails to submit the evaluation sheet in time will have to schedule another oral defense in the next semester.

3. The advisor of the student shall sign a Thesis Advisor Recommendation Letter before the student applies for a graduation examination to the SRCS office.

4. A Graduation Examination Committee/Oral Defense Committee shall consist of no less than three members. At least one member is required to be from other school. An adjunct or joint-assistant professor (and any rank above) of the Institute of SRCS is seen as a member from our school. Committee members are appointed by the principal of the university. One member will be appointed as convener of the Committee by the chair of the Institute of SRCS, and the advisor cannot be appointed to this role. The oral defense should be held with at least three members present. During the oral defense, the Committee members must be present in person, and cannot be represented by other people. If any Committee members need to be replaced, approval must be obtained by the chair of the Institute of SRCS one week prior to the oral defense.

5. The minimum word count and content of Master theses are as follows- Type A Thesis: 60,000 or above (Chinese); 25,000 or above (English); Type B Thesis: 20,000 to 30,000 (Chinese); 12,000-15,000 or above (English); Type C Thesis: a work with a written report; - the Committee members will decide if the work needs to be published in a podium presentation -The report must include a preface, a cover page, a signature page, an abstract, a content page, an introduction to the work, a background of the work, a problem statement, a purpose of the work, a literature review related to the work, a section on methodology, a section on findings, a section presenting results and findings, a conclusion and suggestion, as well as a bibliography and appendix.

6. Graduation examination scores are given by percentiles: 70 (B-) is the passing score, 100 (A+) is the full score. A student is only scored once. The final score is the average of scores given by the Oral Defense Committee members, but if more than half of the Oral Defense Committee members give scores lower than 70, the final score will not be averaged and the students will fail the examination. Students may reapply for another graduation examination after three months. The reapplication can only be filed once.

7. A student shall receive zero score for their graduation examination and shall not be able to reapply for graduation examination if plagiarism or cheating is discovered and confirmed by the Oral Defense Committee.

8. A student who passes the oral defense shall be given amendment instructions from the Oral Defense Committee. The instructions shall serve as a base for the student to amend the thesis. After the amendment, the student shall submit a thesis review. The reviewed version of the thesis shall be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of the Oral Defense Committee. The reviewed thesis shall not be graded further. A NYCU Theis Approval form shall be signed by the Oral Defense Committee for the student who has completed the thesis review. After completing the NYCU Theis Approval Form, the result of the oral defense shall be the result of the graduation examination.

9. A student who passes the oral defense shall submit Results Table of Degree Oral Exam to the Division of Registrar. The submission deadline for the 1st semester is 31 October, the submission deadline for the 2nd semester is 31 July. The submission deadline for the thesis hardcopies is the last working day before the start of the next semester. A student who passes the oral defense but fails to submit the NYCU Thesis Defense Grading Sheet and hardcopies in time shall register for the next semester. A student who fails to meet the above deadlines and exceeds the maximum period of study must be withdrawn from school.

1. A student who passes the oral defense is required to post an electronic version of the abstract and the thesis in accordance with NCYU Guide for Submitting Electronic Theses & Dissertation to the university website, and submit a total of four hard copies (two for the SRCS Office, one for the NCYU Library and one for the National Central Library).

VI. A student who fails to complete all required courses and pass the graduation examination within the maximum period of study shall be expelled from school.

VII. NYCU will revoke the degree that has been conferred to a student and must request them return the certificate issued if plagiarism or cheating is discovered and confirmed in the thesis.

VIII. Matters not provided herein are subject to the NCYU University Academic Regulations, NYCU Regulations for Postgraduate Degree Conferment, and other education-related laws and regulations.The above regulations are established at SRCS Institutional Affairs Meeting. The regulations are reviewed by NYCU Curriculum Committee and Faculty Curriculum Committee and verified at the Office of Academic Affairs Meeting. The same procedure applies when amendments are made.

 

PhD Degree Regulations

I. The following regulations are established in accordance with the NYCU Regulations for Postgraduate Degree Conferment.

II. Admission Requirements

(1) To be eligible for admission to the PhD program leading to the PhD degree, a candidate shall hold a Master’s degree from local public or private universities (including independent institutes); or a Master ’s degree from foreign universities recognized by the Ministry of Education; or other qualification of equivalent standard recognized by the Ministry of Education; and shall pass the qualifying examination or other evaluations.

(2) A Master’s program student of the Institute of SRCS who applies for a direct pursuit of PhD program shall refer to the Direct Pursuit of PhD Degree Regulation and relative forms issued by the Institute of SRCS.

(3) In specific circumstances, a new student who cannot enroll within the stipulated time may apply for a deferred admission. The student shall submit an application which includes a reason statement and relative justifications to the school before enrollment deadline.

III. Period of Study

(1) The maximum period of study for the PhD program is seven years for a full-time student. A part-time student may extend the period of study for two additional years.

(2) A student who applies for a suspension of study due to special circumstances is subject to approval by their advisor and the chair of the Institute of SRCS. The student may suspend their studies for one semester or one academic year at a time, and may suspend for a maximum of four consecutive semesters (two years). The accumulated suspension period shall not exceed two academic years, but in case of serious illness treatment and rehabilitation, a student can apply for an extended suspension. The applicant is subject to approval by the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who applies for a one or two-year suspension may be permitted to early readmission if the student is not conscripted for military service. A student who receives a Conscription Order during their suspension period is not permitted to early readmission. A student who is conscripted for military service during the suspension and is not discharged within two years shall provide proof from the military and apply for an extended suspension. After completing the military service, the student shall apply for readmission with a Military Service Discharge Order.

(3) PhD Program Progress

Academic Year Academic Progress 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 5th Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st Semester 2nd Semester Coursework Qualifying Examinatino Dissertation Proposal Defense Dissertation Defense

IV. PhD Degree Conferment

A student who - (1) has completed the required course credits and fulfills the foreign language requirement; and (2) has passed the qualifying examination; and (3) has passed the dissertation proposal defense; and is recommended by their advisor, shall be verified to proceed to the next step. After the student passes the PhD graduation exam and submits the dissertation hardcopy, the student shall be conferred a PhD Degree.

V. Mentors and Advisors

(1) A newly enrolled student may choose a mentor of their own choice. A mentor will be assigned randomly by the SCRC office if the enrolled student does not choose one. Starting from the beginning of the 1st semester, the mentor shall advise the student about settling into academic life and selecting courses. The mentor’s supervision will be continued until the student chooses an advisor. The student shall choose an advisor on the 3rd semester and submit a Dissertation Advisor Application Form to confirm the advisor-student partnership.

(2) The advisor chosen must be a faculty member of the Institute of SRCS – this includes full, associate, adjunct or joint assistant professors (and any rank above). If a student seeks to choose a faculty member who is not a full, associate, adjunct or joint assistant professor (and any rank above) as their advisor, the student will have to seek approval from the SRCS Institutional Affairs Meeting.

(3) A student is recommended to discuss their course selection with their mentor or advisor before the start of every semester.

(4) A student of the PhD program will be considered as a PhD candidate after passing the qualifying examination under the advisor’s guidance.

(5) If a student seeks to terminate the advisor-student partnership or change their advisor, the student is required to file a formal application with the Institute of SRCS. The student is also required to inform their original advisor. The application shall be filed for future reference by the SRCS Institutional Affairs Meeting. The application does not need to be approved by the original advisor.

(6) If an advisor seeks to terminate the advisor-student partnership, the advisor is required to file a formal application with the Institute of SRCS. The Institute of SRCS shall notify the advisor and the student of the decision taken on the application. The Institute of SRCS shall assist the student in finding another advisor.

(7) After terminating an advisor-student partnership, the results of the student’s research that were overseen by the previous advisor shall only be included in their thesis when approved by the previous advisor.

VI. Program Requirements (Please also refer to the education objectives and curriculum of the Institute of SRCS)

(1) A student is required to fulfill 24 credits.

(2) A student is required to complete the following compulsory courses: “Introduction to Cultural Studies”, “Professional Training Seminar” and “Independent Study”. 6 credits need to be selected from the course group “Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts”. “Independent Study” is conducted on a tutorial basis according to the student’s research area and dissertation topic, during which the student needs to work out a reading list and discuss the progress of the research or field work with their advisor or a professor whose area of expertise is related to the student’s research topics. Each “Independent study” is given 1 credit, and a student is required to complete three “Independent Study” courses, which make up a total of 3 credits. Student who has taken “Introduction to Cultural Studies” and “Professional Training Seminar” in their Master’s program can choose alternatives from the “Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts” course group. A foreign student may select “Introduction to Inter-Asia Cultural Studies” (course conducted in English) or other courses recognized by the SRCS Institutional Meeting as alternatives to the compulsory courses. If a foreign student selects “Introduction to Inter-Asia Cultural Studies” and “Introduction to Cultural Studies” simultaneously, the extra credits taken will be counted as graduation credits. A foreign student may also select “Thesis Writing and Methodology” (course conducted in English) of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Program of the University System of Taiwan or other “English Thesis Writing” course of the university as an alternative to “Professional Training Seminar.”

(3) In addition to the compulsory courses, a student is required to select 9 elective credits from the “Social and Cultural Theory”, “Society and Culture of Taiwan”, “Critical Studies of Inter-Asia Societies”, and “Art, Society and Movement” course groups. The “Social and Cultural Theory” course group includes theoretical courses of the SRCS Institutes; the “Critical Studies of Inter-Asia Societies”, and “Art, Society and Movement” course groups are the three key research areas of the Institute of SRCS . Auxiliary courses or courses of other departments and schools recognized by the Institute of SRCS are eligible for credit transfer.

(4) A PhD student needs to fulfill the requirement of learning a second foreign language.

(5) A PhD student who is admitted through the direct pursuit of PhD program scheme shall fulfill 48 credits (including the credits fulfilled in their Master’s program but excluding the credits of second foreign language courses).

(6) A PhD student may apply for a credit waiver. The waived credits shall not exceed 6 credits and shall be approved by the SRCS Institutional Meeting.

VII. Second Foreign Language Proficiency Requirements

(1) To demonstrate proficiency in a second foreign language, a PhD student is required to fulfill one of the following evaluations: i. To complete two consecutive years of foreign language coursework, of which the result of every semester shall be grade A- (80/100) or above; or ii. To obtain a qualification from a language proficiency examination recognized by the Institute of SRCS. The second foreign language examinations held by the university and the language proficiency examinations held by the Japan Interchange Association, the Goethe-Institute and the Alliance Francaise are all recognized as qualifications of proficiency; or iii. To have two professional instructors to test the student’s oral or reading fluency, a student who passes the test needs to submit their result and so to substitute the language coursework required.

(2) For Foreign Student whose Mother Tongue is not Mandarin: The student may define their first and second foreign languages, and shall provide relative proof such as language proficiency test result or proof of completing language coursework. The proof shall be submitted before applying for the dissertation oral defense. Once the student has obtained the proof, the student may file the copy immediately for verification.

VIII. PhD Candidate Qualifying Examination

(1) Admission to PhD Candidacy: A student of the PhD program who - i. has completed all required courses; and ii. has passed the PhD candidate qualifying examination; shall be admitted to PhD candidacy.

(2) Schedule for Qualifying Examination: A PhD student shall apply for a qualifying examination at the 2nd semester of the 2nd year. The student shall finish the qualifying examination in the 3rd year. If the schedule cannot be met, the student may extend the schedule for one semester with an approval from the SRCS Institutional Meeting.

(3) Examination Subjects: A qualifying examination consists of two subjects. “Social and Cultural Theory” is a compulsory examination subject, “Area of Expertise” is an elective subject which is tailored according to the research area of the student’s dissertation research. A student shall submit a “Statement of Purpose” for each of the two examinations subjects respectively. The statements shall be roughly 5000 Chinese words or 2500-3000 English words each. In the statement, the PhD student shall demonstrate a full understanding of the dissertation’s research area and research topic, provide reasons for the reading list selection, explain the correlation between the reading and the dissertation research, and attach an annotated bibliography. The Qualifying Examination Committee may give suggestions on the reading list selected and demand an addition on the annotated bibliography. After the student has completed a qualifying examination application, the Committee will set up examination questions according to the final draft of the student’s “Statement of Purpose”.

(4) Qualifying Examination Committee: Qualifying Examination Committee of every subject shall be convened by a member of the SRCS institute, and must include at least one committee member outside of the university. The members must fulfill at least one of the following qualification requirements. i. A member must have been a professor or an associate professor. ii. A member must be a research fellow or an associate research fellow of Academia Sinica. iii. A member must hold a doctoral degree with outstanding academic achievements. iv. A member must have outstanding academic or professional achievements in certain rare or specific fields. The criteria of qualification determination for (iii) to (iv) must be drawn by the SRCS Institutional Meeting.

(5) Qualifying Examination Format: The convenor of the Committee will communicate with the members of the Qualifying Examination Committee to decide on the location of the written test. The location of the written test may be assigned or unassigned. For a student with an examination at an assigned location, the examination has to be completed within 8 hours in a single day or within 4 hours distributed across two separate days. For a student with an examination at an unassigned location, the examination has to be completed within three days (72 hours). The Qualifying Examination Committee may also conduct the examination in other formats. Examination Results: The Qualifying Examination Committee shall evaluate the examination as: i. pass (above B- or 70/100), ii. conditional pass (the condition attached shall be fulfilled within a month), or iii. fail. The PhD student may apply for another qualifying examination on the failed subject in the next semester. If the failed subject is the elective subject, the student may change the research area to be evaluated. A student who fails the same subject twice will not be granted a PhD candidacy.

(6) Academic Publication as a Substitution for Qualifying Examination Subjects: A PhD student who publishes a peer-reviewed paper in an academic journal during their period of study can use the respective paper to apply for a substitution for one qualifying examination subject to the Institute of SRCS anytime. The advisor shall convene another two scholars or experts of the research area and form a “Professional Field Review Committee”. The qualification requirement for a “Professional Field Review Committee” member shall fulfill the qualification requirement for the Qualifying Examination Committee member. The paper submitted shall be evaluated according to the quality and ranking of the academic journal, the correlation between the direction of the paper and the research area of the dissertation, and other research ethics. If the paper is evaluated and approved, a qualifying examination subject shall be substituted with the paper. If the paper is not approved after evaluation, the student will have to be evaluated by a qualifying examination written test. For qualifying examination format, please refer to the regulations above. Both subjects of the qualifying examination can be substituted by submission of papers.

IX. Dissertation Proposal

(1) A PhD student shall start their research after passing the qualifying examination. The student shall apply for a dissertation proposal defense after their dissertation proposal is approved by their advisor and a Dissertation Committee is formed.

(2) A PhD student may submit a dissertation proposal in their 3rd year and shall finish the dissertation oral defense in their 4th year. If the above schedule cannot be met in case of special circumstances, the student may extend the schedule for one semester with an approval from the SRCS Institutional Meeting.

(3) A PhD student shall submit a Semester Progress Report to the Institute of SRCS every year since the 4th year to explain their research progress or status.

(4) A Dissertation Committee consists of five members (with at least two members outside of the university). A dissertation proposal defense shall be conducted openly. The Committee members shall not grade the proposal, but give amendment instructions according to the feasibility and the context of the dissertation topic. The Committee may request the student submit another proposal if necessary.

(5) The graduation examination/dissertation oral defense shall not be scheduled within three months after the proposal defense.

X. PhD Graduation Examination (Applicable to all enrolled students)

(1) The Graduation Examination includes a dissertation oral defense and a thesis review

(2) A PhD dissertation must make original contribution to knowledge. The dissertation shall be completed within the maximum years of study and pass an oral defense. The dissertation oral defense shall be conducted openly.

(3) Dissertation Oral Defense Committee: The Dissertation Oral Defense Committee shall consist of 5 to 9 scholars or experts inside and outside of the university specializing in the research area of the dissertation. The members composing the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee shall be recommended by the advisor and approved by the SRCS Institutional Meeting, and are recommended by the Institute of SRCS and recruited by the principal of the university. The Chair of the Institute of SRCS shall approve a convener, but the advisor shall not be the convener. At least one third of the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee members shall be inside of the university, and at least one third of the Committee members shall be outside of the university. These members must fulfill at least one of the following requirements. i. A member must have been a professor or an associate professor. ii. A member must be a research fellow or an associate research fellow of Academia Sinica. iii. A member must hold a doctoral degree with outstanding academic achievements. iv. A member must have outstanding academic or professional achievements in certain rare or specific fields. The criteria of qualification determination for (iii) to (iv) must be drawn by the SRCS Institutional Meeting.

(4) Dissertation Oral Defense: A student shall complete a “dissertation originality check” and submit a similarity report three weeks prior to the oral defense for the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee members’ reference. After the oral defense, the advisor shall sign a Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination Evaluation Sheet, and the student shall submit the Evaluation Sheet in time according to the school calendar. A student who fails to submit the result sheet in time will have to schedule another oral defense in the next semester. Oral Defense scores are given by percentiles: 70 (B-) is the passing score, 100 (A+) is the full score. A student is only scored once. The final score is the average of scores given by the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee members, but if more than one third of the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee members gives scores lower than 70, the final score will not be averaged and the students will fail the examination. The student may reapply for another graduation examination in the next semester if the student has not exceeded the maximum period of study. A PhD student who fails twice will not be conferred a PhD degree by the Institute of SRCS.

(5) Dissertation Review: A student shall receive zero score and shall not be able to reapply for graduation examination if plagiarism or cheating is discovered and confirmed by the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee. A student who passes the oral defense shall be given amendment instructions from the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee. The instructions shall serve as a base for the student to amend the dissertation. After the amendment, the student shall submit a dissertation review. The reviewed version of the dissertation shall be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of the Dissertation Oral Defense Committee. The reviewed dissertation shall not be further graded. A NYCU Theis Approval Form shall be signed by the Oral Defense Committee for the student who has completed the dissertation review. The result of the oral defense shall be the result of the graduation examination after the Approval Form is completed.

(6) A student who passes the oral defense shall submit the Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination Evaluation Sheet to the Division of Registrar. The submission deadline for the 1st semester is 31 January, the submission deadline for the 2nd semester is 31 July. The submission deadline for the dissertation hardcopies is the last working day before the start of the next semester. A student who fails to submit the Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination Evaluation Sheet or hardcopies in time and exceeds the maximum period of study must be withdrawn from school.

XI. The Graduation Examination Committee/Dissertation Oral Defense Committee will decide if a PhD student who is admitted through the direct pursuit of PhD program scheme is qualified to be conferred a Master’s Degree in case the student passes the qualifying examination but fails the graduation examination.

XII. A student who fails to complete all required courses and pass the graduation exam within the maximum period of study shall be expelled from school.

XIII. NYCU will revoke the degree that has been conferred to a student and must request them return the certificate issued if plagiarism or cheating is discovered and confirmed in the dissertation.

XIV. A dissertation (and its abstract) must be written principally in Chinese and comply with the NYCU Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation Format Guide. A student who passes the oral defense is required to submit an electronic version of the abstract and the dissertation in accordance with NCYU Guide for Submitting Electronic Theses & Dissertation to the university website, and submit a total of four hard copies (two for the SRCS Office, one for the NCYU Library and one for the National Central Library).

XV. The above regulations are established at SRCS Institutional Affairs Meeting. The regulations are reviewed by NYCU Curriculum Committee and Faculty Curriculum Committee and verified at the Office of Academic Affairs Meeting. The same procedure applies when amendments are made.

 


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