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Ph.D. Degree Program

Ph.D. Degree Program

I. Admission

School of the Environment at JU offers graduate students a wide range of classroom experiences, field research opportunities, and interactions with decision makers facing real-world environmental challenges; and we also provides the opportunities for graduate students who intend to pursue a professional degree in Ph.D. degree. The faculty in this school are committed to the holistic development of the next generation of environmental leaders in academia, business, public agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).

For a successful applicant who intends to study at School of the Environment for Ph.D. degree at JU, he/she should satisfy the following requirements:

* M. S. degree in the field of environmental science/engineering, or the relevant disciplines, such as Microbiology, Chemistry, Ecology, Bioengineering, etc., from an accredited university.

* The transcripts from all accredited universities attended verifying and documenting graduation with GPA at least 3.0.

* Two recommendation references to support your application from persons who know you well in your professional career.

* English capability to meet the minimum requirements for a degree study at JU, including the skills in reading, oral communication, as well as writing, is also required.

* Meet other university’s admission requirements

(Surf on http://oec.ujs.edu.cn/pub/eng/Admission/ChoosingAProgram/DegreeProgram/).

II. Advisory Committee and supervisory

The Ph.D. students should be directed by a qualified major supervisor (Ph.D. graduate faculty), as well as a committee panel containing several qualified co-advisors/committee members. The Advisory Committee initially consists of at least 4 members of the Graduate Faculty, including the Major Advisor, who acts as the chair. At least 2 members must be from the School of the Environment, with at least 1 of these being a full member of the Graduate Faculty. The remaining 2 members may be from School of Environment or another college, with 1 being a full member of the Graduate Faculty. If the student declares a minor, 1 committee member must be from the minor department. The committee should be established by the end of the second semester of the student’s graduate career.

III. Duration of Study and Credit Requirements

A Ph.D. candidate should submit his/her dissertation for defense within 3-5 years after initiating a Ph. D program. The students should finish the required course credits that must be at least a total of 15 credits. Moreover, every student is also required to commit several presentations/lectures that are closely relevant to his/her research project, attend academic conferences/workshops for at least 15 times, which will be counted for 3 credits of this seminar course. In addition, the required course credits can be added beyond the total required course credits if that is necessary in terms of your knowledge background and the research project in which you will involve.

IV. Dissertation Research Proposal and Program of Study Review

All graduate students are required to initiate their dissertation study project prior to the end of the second semester. The medium-term examination for dissertation project is generally scheduled in the fourth semester. Other following schedules relevant to your graduate study could be found from the Overseas Education College (OEC) at Jiangsu University.

By the end of the first year, students are required to have a research proposal and program of study accepted by his/her Graduate Advisory Committee. A list of completed courses and those proposed to meet school requirements should also be prepared. Please see the GUIDE FOR THESES AND DISSERTATION RESEARCH PROPOSAL AND PLAN OF STUDY in Appendix of this file. A meeting of the Advisory Committee should be convened by the student to discuss their proposal and course work.

V. Dissertation and Publication Requirements

Every graduate student is required to publish at least two research papers in the relevant SCI/EI journals prior to being eligible to apply a dissertation defense. The dissertation must demonstrate a mastery of research techniques, ability to perform original and independent research, and skill in formulating conclusions that enlarge upon or modify accepted ideas.

VI. Ph.D. programs in Environmental Science and Engineering

* Environmental Ecology and Environmental Remediation

* Environmental Chemistry and Novel Materials applied for Environmental Protection

* Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization for Fuels and Chemicals

* Monitoring and Controlling Technologies Applied for Environment Protection

* Equipment Advancement for Pollution Control

* Ago-environment Protection

VII. Credits and Course Work

Fundamental and required courses


Overview of chinese culture




Modern statistics


Core courses*


Advanced environmental ecology


Advanced environmental monitoring technology


Advanced environmental microbiology and engineering


Advanced oxidation engineering


Advanced biotechnology in environmental science


* Select at least 2 of the listed courses

Elective courses*


Plasma theory


Numerical simulation in environmental science and engineering


Hydrodynamics in environmental engineering


Environmental safetyEnvironmental remediation technology


Environmental protection and renewable energy


Environmental chemistry


Global environment challenges


* The listed courses can be selected in terms of the requirements from your major advisor.

VIII. Financial assistance

Applicants from a foreign country can apply a variety of Chinese government scholarship that may fully or partially support your degree study at JU. For further information regarding these scholarships supplied from Chinese government, you can surf on the website of Overseas Education College (OEC), JU, at http://oec.ujs.edu.cn/pub/eng/Scholarship/GS/. In addition to apply these funding supports, school of the Environment in JU also provides a financial assistance for each enrolled graduate student at least 3000 Yuan a year for PhD graduate students, with which the total amount of the funding assistance may be possibly updated, depending on the funding availability from a professor’s grants, as well as your performance in academic research.