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Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education
Study Regulations for Doctoral Students
Issues related to enrollment, course-taking, and examinations of doctoral students in our Institute are processed according to the Study Regulations of the University for Graduate Institutes and related rules of our Institute.
The length of study for our doctoral program is from 2 years to 7 years.
Students are required to take at least 18 credits of courses.
According to the 151th Teaching Affairs Meeting of our University, graduate students enrolled in 2009 academic year and after (not including international students or students in the on-the-job programs) must complete 4 credits of Required English course(s) (in addition to the previously mentioned 18 credits required for graduation). The regulations for the taking and the exemption of the Required English course(s) are as follows:
Required English course(s): It is compulsory to take 4 credits of English course(s) from the Required English courses for undergraduate students or any English courses at Department of Applied Foreign Languages.
Course exemption: Students who have got the certificate of the 2nd stage of General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) Intermediate Level or the NTUST “Summer Intensive English course” before or after enrollment, can be exempted from Required English course(s).
Individuals who received diploma from English speaking countries, had English oral presentation, or participated in international competitions could be exempted from Required English course(s), according to the approval of the institute.
The selection of a thesis title requires the approval from the thesis advisor. And the student should register the thesis title to the Institute Office. Only full-time professors at our Institute are qualified to be a thesis advisor. Due to research need, it is allowed to have a professor from other Institutes of NTUST or other Universities as the co-advisor, whose appointment requires the approval from our Chairperson.
A student is under the instructions of his/her advisor in terms of the selection/revision of the thesis title and the writing of the thesis content. Changing advisors require a common consent among the original advisor, the new advisor, and the Chairperson. And by mutual agreement between the original advisor and the new advisor, the thesis content should be completely changed.
The requirements of doctoral qualification are listed as follows:
Doctoral student has to pass the doctoral qualification within two years after enrollment.
The doctoral qualification can be fulfilled by one of the following two methods:
Academic journal paper publication:
Journal paper(s) published or accepted within first two years after the enrollment can be applied for the qualification.
(2) 用於抵免的論文可為１篇SCI、 SSCI、TSSCI、AHCI期刊論文，或2篇EI/Scopus期刊論文；作者排序除指導教授/共同指導教授外須為第一作者，並檢附已刊登之論文或論文接受證明。
The requirement for the number of published papers: At least one paper published in SCI, SSCI, TSSCI, or AHCI journals, or at least two papers in EI or Scopus journals. The first author of the published paper should be the student or his/her advisor/co-advisor while the student is the secondary author.
The subjects of the Written Examination include “Research Methods” and “Digital Learning”. Students can take one subject at each semester. The passing mark is 70 (B-). The examination of each subject may be retaken only once.
The Qualification Examination is held twice each year. Doctoral student will have to abide by the scheduled time and subject and apply for the examination prior to it.
The Written Exam Committee is composed of at least 5 committee members selected by the institute affair meeting members.
Those who passed the qualification are qualified doctoral candidates.
The requirements of the Doctoral Dissertation Examination are listed as follows:
Qualification: doctoral candidates.
Academic Journal Papers: At least one paper published as the first author (other than his/her adviser) in SCI, SSCI, TSSCI or AHCI journals. Provide the approval of publishing paper or acceptance letter for the paper. Paper(s) applied for the doctoral qualification cannot be submitted here.
International Conference: Participated at least one international conference and oral presented a paper in English.
The regulation for the Doctoral Dissertation Examination is listed as follows:
Time: From October to December for the first semester, and from April to June for the second semester.
Doctoral candidate who has passed the doctoral qualification
Fulfilled all the required courses and credits.
Finished dissertation draft.
Application of Doctoral Dissertation Examination
A copy of transcript though the whole study years
A copy of dissertation draft and abstract
A recommendation letter from dissertation adviser(s)
A list of Degree Examination Committee members
Thesis Oral Exam Committee is composed of 5-7 Committee members, among them at least one third should be external members. The selection of the members is decided by the Chairperson after consulting with the thesis advisor, and then request for the appointment from the principle of the NTUST.
For a doctoral student who fails in the Dissertation Oral Final Examination, if his study time has not exceeded the maximum length of study, the student could apply again the Dissertation Oral Final Examination in next semester or in next academic year. Those who fail on the second time will be asked to expel from the school.
Any issues not covered by the above regulations are subject to related laws and regulations of Ministry of Education and regulations of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
These regulations might be revised to meet the needs of education and research development of our Institute. The effective date and audience coverage of any revisions approved by the Institute Affairs Meeting should be processed according to the resolutions by the Meeting.