a. Course of Study
Course of study in the doctor’s program is an important process in cultivating postgraduates, which shall meet relevant requirements for credits.
b. Scientific Research
During the process of conducting scientific research in the doctor’s program, mentors and relevant schools shall create innovative and cooperative atmosphere, insist on the combination of theoretical knowledge and real practices and emphasize on cultivating students’ capability in the aspects of research, creativity, team-work and organizing. Mentors shall offer overseas students more scientific guidance on the application for the National Natural Science Foundation and the establishment of national scientific research projects.
c. Dissertation Proposal
The dissertation proposal of the doctor’s program is a starting point for dissertation writing. Students shall read relevant books and write literature reviews under the guidance of their mentors. The proposal shall include significance of selected topic, research background, contents of research, expected objective, research methodology and premises of research etc.
Reviewing panels of doctor’s program shall be established under the agreement among the relevant school, the Branch of Degree Committee and mentors. The panels shall consist of at least three senior professional technicians, one of them be the chairman of reviewing panels. The students are required to make a presentation on their dissertation proposal and then the reviewing panels evaluate the proposals strictly and make decisions.
The overseas students in the doctor’s program who pass the assessment shall be permitted to continue their dissertation writing. For those who fail, they shall be given yellow card warning and make rectifications within a time limit, and then make presentations again. If they still fail, their doctor’s degree shall be terminated or they shall be cultivated in other reversed programs.
The dissertation proposal of doctor’s program is designed to be finished in the second semester or at the beginning of the third semester. The requirements for dissertation proposal are decided by mentors and the Branch of Degree Committees. The whole process from the proposal to application for defense of dissertation shall be no less than two years.
d. Mid-term Assessment
The interim progress report of the dissertation writing of doctor’s program shall be submitted and reported to the assessment team around one year after the approval of proposal. The content of the report shall include the following aspects: whether the dissertation writing is conducted in accordance with the previously expected contents and schedule of research or not; the completed research; academic research activities; current or potential problems and possible solutions, and further work of research. Materials such as submitted papers, published papers, patents and scientific research achievements shall be included in the reports.
In terms of the interim progress and the development of disciplines concerned, the overseas students in the doctor’s program are allowed to make necessary adjustments about certain contents in their proposals (including title, contents, schedule planning, etc). When they apply for the oral defense of dissertation of doctor’s degree, the contents of the dissertation shall be basically consistent with the confirmed contents in the mid-term assessment.
Similarly, the assessment team for the mid-term assessment is established under the agreement among the school, the Branch of Degree Committee and mentors. The team shall consist of at least three senior professional technicians (one of them as the chairman). The assessment team shall evaluate the interim progress report. The overseas students in the doctor’s program who pass the assessment shall be permitted to continue their dissertation writing. For those who fail the assessment, they shall be given yellow card warning and need to modify it in stipulated time, and then report it again. If they still cannot pass the assessment, the doctor’s degree shall be terminated or they shall be cultivated in other programs.
e. Dissertation Writing
Dissertation of Doctor’s degree is a systematic and academic research result done by the students independently under the guidance of their mentors. The dissertation shall be academic and be finished by considerable efforts and reflect the students have already mastered the basic theoretical knowledge and systematic and specialized knowledge under the disciplines concerned, been equipped with the capability of making scientific research independently and generated creative products in science or in a special technology. As for the requirements of dissertation writing, please refer to The Regulations of Degree Dissertation Writing in Northwestern Polytechnical University.
The dissertation of overseas students cultivated in Chinese shall be written in Chinese and a corresponding abstract in English is required while cultivated in English shall be written in English and a corresponding abstract in Chinese is also required.
f. Preliminary and Formal Dissertation Defense
Before the overseas students apply for formal dissertation defense in the doctor’s program, the preliminary defense shall be held by the Branch of Degree Committee according to the specific situations. The experts attending preliminary defense shall be organized by the Branch of Degree Committee and mentors. These experts are usually the professors in relevant disciplines. There shall be at least three professors attending the preliminary defense. After the preliminary defense, the experts shall make conclusions and decisions. For those who fail in the preliminary defense, they are required to modify their dissertation and make another oral defense in stipulated time. As for the application of dissertation defense, please refer to the regulations formulated by the University Degree Evaluation Committee.
The dissertation defense of the students cultivated in Chinese shall be done in Chinese while the cultivated in English shall be done in English.