Doctoral Programme

Space Science Institute of Macau University of Science and Technology

Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Study Plan

      1.Duration of study

       The normal study period for students of the Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Planetary Sciences is 3 years. The maximum study period for full-time students is 4.5 years and 6 years for local and non-mainland part-time students.

        2. Medium of Instruction

Chinese and English

3. Program Structure

Table 1 Core-curriculum Courses

Code

Subject

Type

Credit

DSEZ01

Literature Survey and Thesis Proposal

Compulsory

3

DSEZ02

Academic Activities

Compulsory

1

 

Table 2 Elective Courses

Code

Subject

Type

Credit

DSEE01

Advanced Topics in comparative planetology

Elective

3

DSEE02

Advanced Topics in Planetary Atmospheres and Space Environments

Elective

3

DSEE03

Advanced Topics in Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

Elective

3

DSEE04

Advanced Topics in Applied Remote Sensing

Elective

3

DSEE05

Advanced Topics in Methods of Numerical Simulation

Elective

3

 

*Elective courses maybe cancelled if the number of enrolled students is below some thresold.

 

Table 3 Thesis

 

Code

Subject

Type

Credit

DSEZ00

Thesis

Compulsory

18

 

 4.      Graduation Requirement

Students are required to obtain 31 credits to complete the program, 4 credits from compulsorysubjects (Table 1), 9 credits from elective subjects (Table 2), and an original thesis of 18 credits (Table 3). Those who successfully obtain31 credits and pass the oral defense of the thesis can apply for the Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Planetary Sciences.

In general, in order to achieve the minimum requirement for applying oral defense for graduation, each student has to publish at least two papers in international English journals of SCI, one of which must be the first author. Students do not meet the above requirement are required to get approval and recommendation from their thesis supervisors and go through an assessment process by the Examination Committee of SSI. Those students have been considered to meet related level of the above requirement by the Examination Committee of SSI are still able to apply for thesis oral defense.

 

Students have to take part in academic activities at least ten times during study

Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Master/Doctoral Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has:

 

1.Completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period*

 

2.Abided by the regulations of the University

 

3.Cleared all fees and charges and returned all University property and equipment borrowed

 

* Students admitted from the academic year 2017/2018 onwards are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (excluding thesis/dissertation) in order to graduate.

 

 

For all finalized course contents, please refer to the Macau SAR Official Gazette.

In the event of any discrepancies between the Chinese and English versions of this study plan, the Chinese version will prevail.