POSTECH 생명과학과
Graduation requirements

Credit requirements

- Students enrolled in 2009 and 2017
Integrated course Course credits 30, Research credits 30 (overall 60 credits)
doctoral course Course credits 15, Research credits 17 (overall 32 credits)
Master’s course

Course credits 21, Research credits 7 (overall 28 credits) 


- English presentation class
Students enrolled in 2009 and after
It is recommended to take Advanced Topics in Life science (English presentation class) for 6 credits in master’s course, 6 credits in doctoral course, and 6 credits in integrated course..

Thesis proposal

Students in the Ph.D. program must form a doctoral thesis committee within two semesters from enrollment; students in MS-Ph.D. integrated programs within six semesters from enrollment.
A doctoral thesis committee shall consist of five members. At least one of the five members in the committee must be a professor form a graduate program outside a student’s department or school, and at least half of the committee members must be POSTECH faculty members.
Students in the Ph.D. program must submit a thesis proposal to their thesis committee and have an oral defense within two semesters from enrollment; students in the MS-Ph.D. program within six semesters from enrollment. If a student fails a thesis proposal defense at the first attempt, maximum one more attempt is allowed within six months from the original defense date.

* TP evaluation : during the semester and vacation (notice by E-mail)
* TP postpone : limited to once within a semester (6 months).

Regulations on the Conferment of Doctoral Degree

1. A doctoral thesis committee shall make a degree conferment decision based on a student's publication records, comprehensive academic knowledge, abilities to comprehend and solve problems in life science, and paper/dissertation writing skills..
2. It is the minimum requirement of the Department that doctoral candidates complete the credit requirements specified in the University Statutes and publish one first-authored paper or more in a major journal in their area of study..
3. decision of a major journal is approved through the agreement from Life Sciences Graduate school committee..
4. Students enrolled on the first semester of 2004 or before could be qualified for the graduation if judged to have research achievements, research experience or educational accomplishments equivalent to one published paper by the academic advisor and the thesis committee, besides the minimum requirement of the department.
5. Students enrolled on the second semester of 2004 and after could be qualified for the graduation if judged to have research experience or education accomplishments equivalent to the principle of achieving a sum of publication score with Impact Factor 12 or more
6. Determining authorship credit according to individual’s contribution; 100% for the first author, 80% for the co-first author, 50% for the second author, 30% for the rest.
7. Should any problem arise due to disagreement within a thesis committee, the student's advisor may submit a petition to the Graduate Studies Committee for deliberations and arbitration..
8. In addition to passing the QE and the TP, students are required to take seminars as specified by the Department.
* MS or Ph.D. students must attend at least eight seminars per semester for the first four semesters of each degree program. Students in the MS-Ph.D. integrated program must attend at lease eight seminars per semester for the first eight semesters of study. (at least four of the Department regular seminars : applied from the second semester of 2007).
9. must fulfill one’s duty as a teaching assistant specified by the Department.
A major journal approved by the committee refers to; a journal that is ranked among the top 20% in its field of study or listed in the SCI(E) database with an Impact Factor of 3.0 or above for the corresponding year.
* Review papers are excluded.

Regulations on the Conferment of Master’s Degree

1. If a student enrolled in the MS-Ph.D. integrated program cannot continue with his/her study for unavoidable reasons, conferment of master’s and related affairs can be discussed by Graduate school committee of the Department..
2. It is the principle to complete required credits specified in the University Statues and publish a paper in a journal listed in the SCI(E) database. However, if the student's advisor files a petition, the thesis committee may deliberate on the case and decide to confer a degree.
(* Substitute a report of the evaluation of dissertation for master’s degree) (revised on November 6, 2014)
* a publication in a journal listed in the SCI database as a co-first author is also admitted. (added on August 11, 2007)

3. A master’s thesis committee shall consist of three professors. (University Statues)

Co-Advisor

A co-advisor may be selected if desired both by the student and the current advisor. (regulations of POSTECH)
Application for co-advisor must be prior to thesis proposal and an approval from POSTECH Graduate school committee is required. (regulations of POSTECH)
A co-advisor must provide academic supervision to his/her advisee on a regular basis.


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