Regulations for Ph.D. Program in Semiconductor Technology.

Regulations for Ph.D. Program in Semiconductor Technology.


Article 1: The "Doctoral Degree Program in Semiconductor Technology" (hereinafter referred to as the Program) of our university is implemented under the Ministry of Education's "University-Industry Collaboration Program for Cultivating Doctoral-level Research and Development Talents." The program follows a four-year research and development model for doctoral students, where the first and second years are dedicated to coursework at the university, and the third and fourth years focus on industry or corporate research and development, culminating in the completion of a thesis. The program is designed to be completed in a total of four years to obtain a doctoral degree.

Article 2: Students enrolled in the program are supervised by associate professors or above with doctoral degrees from departments such as Semiconductor and Optoelectronic Technology, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Materials Science and Technology, etc.

Article 3: Course Credit Requirements:

  1. The total graduation credits for the program should be at least 46 credits. Compulsory courses include Semiconductor Engineering I (3/3), Semiconductor Engineering II (3/3), Seminar I (1/2), Seminar II (1/2), Enterprise R&D Practice I (2/2), Enterprise R&D Practice II (2/2), Enterprise R&D Practice III (2/2), Enterprise R&D Practice IV (2/2), Doctoral Dissertation I (3/3), Doctoral Dissertation II (3/3), Doctoral Dissertation III (3/3), and Doctoral Dissertation IV (3/3).
  2. The doctoral dissertation should be undertaken in the third and fourth years. Students can pursue two doctoral dissertation courses simultaneously in a semester with the approval of the advisor, upon passing the qualification examination.
  3. At least 18 credits of elective courses in the program are required. Additionally, doctoral students must take one course related to English language proficiency in the master's program (excluding professional courses) at our university, which will not be counted towards graduation credits. However, if they have previously taken English-related courses in the master's program, those courses can be exempted, or they can use the results of various English language proficiency tests for exemption, such as TOEIC score above 550, GEPT Intermediate Level Pass, TOEFL iBT score above 53, or IELTS score above 4.5.
  4. Selection of courses by doctoral students requires the approval of the advisor. If a student has not yet found an advisor, the program director can act as a proxy.
  5. Doctoral students should take elective courses offered by the College of Semiconductor. With the approval of the advisor, they may also take courses offered by other graduate institutes, with a maximum of 9 credits counting towards graduation.
  6. In principle, the third and fourth years of the doctoral program should involve research and development in industry or corporate organizations, subject to approval by the program committee. If a student decides to change their research unit, they need to submit a separate application.
  7. During the period of industry or corporate research and development, doctoral students are required to engage in full-time practical technical development and complete a total of 8 credits in the "Enterprise R&D Practice" courses. While taking these courses, they are not allowed to take any other courses, except for the "Doctoral Dissertation," "Seminar," and courses related to the qualification examination for doctoral candidates.

Article 4: Supervising Professor

Students must select a supervising professor within the first semester after admission.
Changing the supervising professor is limited to one time. If there are special reasons for changing the supervising professor more than once, it requires the approval of the program's conference to proceed with another change.
The selection of subjects for the qualification examination must be approved by the supervising professor. Students who have not selected a supervising professor are not eligible to apply for the qualification examination.

Article 5: Qualification Assessment
All doctoral students in this program must participate in a qualification assessment, which is primarily conducted in written examination format. Students who wish to participate must submit an application within the specified period each semester. Failure to complete the qualification assessment will result in dismissal. The specific regulations for the qualification assessment shall be established separately.


Article 6: Qualification Review for Doctoral Candidacy
Doctoral students who have completed the required credits and passed the qualification assessment may apply for qualification review as a doctoral candidate. The following documents should be submitted:

Application form for doctoral candidacy.
Transcript of the qualification examination.
Transcripts of the program's courses.
Doctoral thesis proposal (including ongoing research achievements).
The program's conference will review whether the student's course content, industry research and development, and future doctoral thesis align with the professional requirements. If necessary, students may be required to take additional specialized elective courses. Those who pass the review will obtain the qualification as a doctoral candidate.


Article 7: Review Conference of the Program
The review conference of this program is convened by the program director and consists of two assistant professors or higher with doctoral degrees, in addition to the student's supervising professor. If necessary, relevant industry research and development managers may be invited to attend the conference.


Article 8: Public Presentation of Research Achievements
After obtaining the qualification as a doctoral candidate, doctoral students should hold at least one public presentation of their research achievements before the doctoral thesis examination.


Article 9: Statistical Evaluation of Research Achievements
Various research achievements of doctoral students will be evaluated as part of the graduation requirements. The program stipulates that the cumulative points for research achievements must reach a minimum of 5 points (inclusive). The specific point calculation method for graduation requirements will be established separately.


Article 10: Duration of Study
The minimum duration for doctoral students in this program is four years, and the maximum is seven years.


Article 11: Qualification Assessment for Doctoral Thesis Examination
After obtaining the qualification as a doctoral candidate and accumulating the required points for research achievements according to Article 9, with the written consent of the supervising professor, doctoral students must be approved by the program's conference to be eligible to apply for the doctoral thesis examination.


Article 12: Doctoral Thesis Examination
The doctoral thesis examination will be conducted according to the relevant regulations of the university. Only those who pass the doctoral thesis examination will be granted a doctoral degree. The number of applications for reexamination is limited to one.


Article 13: Supplementary Provisions
Any matters not covered by these regulations shall be handled in accordance with relevant laws and regulations and the rules of the university.


Article 14: Implementation and Amendment
These regulations shall be implemented after being approved by the program's conference. Amendments shall follow the same process.