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Ming Chi University of Technology

Regulation for Study Method of “International Ph.D. Program in Innovative Technology of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Devices”

Approved by the Program Affairs Conference on June 05, 2020
Approved by the College Affairs Conference on July 02, 2020
Approved by the Academic Affairs Conference on July 28, 2020

Article 1, Years of study

1. The duration of general doctoral studies is limited to two to seven years, and the duration of part-time doctoral studies is limited to two to eight years; if the student is unable to continue with his/her studies due to pregnancy, childbirth, or the need to nurture a child, a certificate can be applied for suspension.
2. Students who are unable to complete the required subjects, graduation credits, or have not completed the thesis for some reason may apply for a one-semester, one-year, or two-years suspension before the semester examination. The total number of suspensions is limited to two years. Those who are unable to resume school after the suspension period may apply again to extend it and pass the review before they can resume school. If the student is suspended for some reason, the periods of suspension are not counted as years of study.


Article 2, Course and credit requirements

1. The required and elective subjects of this course are implemented in accordance with the schedule of the doctoral degree course in the year of admission.
2. 42 credits must be completed for doctoral degree graduation (including 12 thesis credits), including 4 required courses with 6 credits, 8 elective courses with 24 credits, professional electives with at least 15 credits (professional electives can be selected across groups). The remaining credits can be from cross-domain electives. Students can take a maximum of 9 cross-domain elective credits. 
3. Core required courses: 2 semesters 0 credits for Project & Discussion, 2 semesters 0 credits for Research Paper Study, 3 credits for Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and 3 credits for Introduction to Biotechnology, and 12 credits for graduation thesis.
4. Elective subjects must be approved by the advising professor. If no advising professor is selected, the director of the program must agree.
5. Grade standard: The minimum academic score of each subject is 70 points (B-).

Article 3, Qualification examination requirements

1. Ph.D. students can take the qualification examination after enrollment. After passing the qualification examination, they can apply for the doctoral thesis oral examination.
2. Qualification examinations are held once per semester in September and February, respectively. If the student fails the qualification examination, he/she is eligible for a re-examination. No more than one re-examination may be requested. The student is allowed to choose a different subject for the re-examination.
3. Qualification examinations are held in the form of written examinations. Doctoral candidates must pass the doctoral qualification examination within three years. Those who wish to participate must apply within the stipulated period of each semester. The examination score must be at least 70 points (B-) to pass the standard.
4. Rules on the replacement of the qualification examination: Ph.D. students have to take 3 subjects for the qualification examination. However, a maximum of 2 subjects can be replaced under the following conditions:

(1) If the student fails the qualification examination for a specific subject twice, he/she can retake the subject as a replacement to the qualification examination (without calculating the credits).
(2) An SCI journal has accepted research results relevant to the research topic. In addition, the advising professor must be the corresponding author or the first author.
(3) The student provides substantial empirical evidence for contributions, such as obtaining industry-university research projects or applying for invention patents. The Program Affairs Committee must approve such contributions.

5. The qualification examination’s application deadline is August 31 for the September examination and January 31 for the February examination. The deadline for canceling the examination application is two weeks before the examination date.
6. Examination subjects and examination scope

(1) Examination scope: Refer to the syllabus of the past two years for each subject’s examination scope. The revised content will be announced at the beginning of July every school year: the detailed examination time will be officially announced one month before the schedule.
(2) Examination subjects (including 1 required subject and 2 professional elective subjects, a total of 3 subjects):

1) Required subjects: 1 core course is selected from the core required subjects-Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and Introduction to Biotechnology.
2) Professional elective subjects: According to the admission group, the student can choose 2 subjects from the professional elective courses he/she has taken.

Article 4, Thesis project oral examination

1. Before applying for the oral examination for the thesis project, a Ph.D. student must have at least one SCI-level literary work published (or accepted) in an international journal. The literary work must be completed during the course of the Ph.D. program and published in the name of the school.
2. Before applying for the oral examination of the thesis project, the student must present proof of at least 6 hours of course completion of the " Academic Research Ethics Education" course of the Center for Taiwan Academic Research Ethics Education.
3. The thesis project oral examination committee, composed of at least three members (including the advising professor) with at least one off-campus member, will be invited by the student’s advising professor.
4. If the student fails in the first oral examination, he/she can apply for the second oral examination in writing within one year after the failure. If he/she still fails the second oral examination, he/she will be dropped out.


Article 5, Graduation conditions and degree examination

1. Doctoral students of this Ph.D. program who meet the following conditions may apply for degree examinations:

(1) Have completed more than two years of study in this doctoral degree, and have completed 6 credits of core required courses and 24 credits of elective courses (detailed specifications are provided in Article 2);
(2) Pass the doctoral candidate qualification examination;
(3) Pass the doctoral thesis project oral examination;
(4) Achieve the graduation requirements for research results (detailed specifications such as in Article 7);
(5) Achieve the English testing standards (detailed specifications such as in Article 8); and
(6) Obtain the consent form the advising professor.

2. The oral examination committee, composed of five to seven members (including the advising professor) with two off-campus members, will be invited by the student’s advising professor.


Article 6, Degree examination application procedure

1. Doctoral students who meet the graduation requirements can fill out the " Degree Qualification Examination Application Form " (Form No.: A1GP020101) and submit the application for degree examination.
2. Degree examination application procedures: Ph.D. students must complete the Graduation Conditions Self-Check and Confirmation Form (Form number: A1GP020201), Degree Examination Application Form (Form number: A1GP020301) and Degree Examination Record Form (Form number: A1GP020401) two weeks before the expected oral examination date. The degree examination will be implemented after the application is reviewed and approved by the Program Affairs Committee and the director.


Article 7, Graduation standard for research results

1. At least one SCI journal paper must be published upon graduation, and the number of graduation thesis points must be at least 8 (inclusive) or above.
2. Calculation method of graduation thesis points:

(1) SCI journal articles: up to 4 points per article. (Above Q2: 4 points, Q3: 3 points, Q4: 2 points). Except for the advising professor who published the paper, the first author is entitled with 100% of the points; the second author 50% of the points; the third author 25% of the points; the fourth author does not count points.
(2) Domestic and foreign patents (invention patents: 4 points; new patents: 2 points; design patents: 1 point). For the graduation points, the total number of patent points is up to 4 points.
(3) Conference Papers (International Papers: 1 point; Domestic Papers (English only): 0.5 points). Conference papers must be published in an oral report, with a total of up to 2 points.


Article 8, English ability test standard

1. English ability standard: Doctoral students must have one of the following English certification standards before graduation:

(1) iBT TOEFL more than 69 points or the same level of the old TOEFL system (CBT TOEFL more than 193 points, PBT TOEFL more than 500 points).
(2) TOEIC more than 650 points.

2. English ability review: The students' English ability test standards shall be reached before graduation and shall be reviewed by the advising professor and the program director. Those who do not meet the requirements cannot apply for an oral examination of the graduation thesis.