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Postgraduate Program for Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering
update:  2013-04-07

1、Teaching objectives

The postgraduates with masters degree should master solid fundamental theory and systematic special knowledge, be comparatively familiar with one foreign language, and be capable of being engaged with scientific researches and practical works.

The postgraduates with doctoral degree should master solid and extensive fundamental theory and systematic special knowledge in the fields they study on, grasp the basic skills and methods to do scientific researches, know about the development trend in their fields, be excellent in at least one foreign language, be capable of being engaged with scientific researches and being in charge of certain expertise works, and be able to obtain innovative achievements in science or technology.

2、Training methods and term of study

Students will obtain their diplomas by means of taking courses, participating in scientific researches and writing dissertations.

The tutorial system is applied, which means the supervisors should work out a specific training program for every postgraduate based on the requirements of postgraduate program and the principle of educating someone according to his natural ability, should care for the students growing process, paying attention to both their studies and scientific researches.

The systematic postgraduates courses should be studied on campus; dissertations are usually written on campus but can also be finished in research institutions, factories or enterprises, depending on real situations.

For doctoral candidates, the term of study is 3-8 years, while the basic length of schooling is 3 years;

For those students who take a continuous academic project that involves masters and doctoral study, the term of study is 5-7 years, while the basic length of schooling is 5 years;

For masters candidates, the term of study is 2-4 years, while the basic length of schooling is 2.5 years.

3、Curriculum system and credits required

(1) Curriculum system

Postgraduates courses consist of the general public courses, the discipline basic courses, the special courses, and other courses.

The general public courses refer to political theory courses and foreign language courses, which are compulsory for all the postgraduates in the university;

The discipline basic courses refer to those courses that embody the feature and knowledge structure of a certain discipline, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, management, law, etc. In principle, these courses are set up according to the first-level discipline, and are compulsory for the postgraduates majoring in this discipline;

The special courses refer to the courses that teach the requisite professional knowledge and skills under the second-level discipline, including interdisciplinary courses. These courses are set up according to the second-level discipline.

Other courses refer to the courses in other compulsory training or the courses the students didnt take but are necessary for their future researches, in which the compulsory training means academic activities, academic forum, working as an assistant or a research assistant, taking part in social practice, etc. All the postgraduates who are accepted with equivalent or interdisciplinary education have to study 2-3 core courses which should have been studied at their undergraduate’s or masters stage; the credits, however, are not counted in the credits required for their graduation.

(2) Credits required

The credit system is adopted in the postgraduates courses. Credits are counted according to the hours of a course: for foreign language courses, 36 hours equal to 1 credit; for design courses (in majors of art or architecture), 36 hours equal to 1 credit; for other course, 18 hours equal to 1 credit.

The minimum credits for doctoral candidates are 16, where the general public courses account for 5 credits, the discipline basic courses for no less than 4, the compulsory training for 2, the special courses for the rest. In the compulsory training, academic activities account for 1 credit, which includes more than 10 times of academic activities followed by written summaries that are graded by tutors; doctorial forums account for 1 credit, which demands 2 times of speeches for all the teachers and students on campus during the doctoral candidates’ studying for their doctoral degree, and the speeches are assessed by the leaders who are in charge of the affairs about postgraduates.

For those students who take a continuous academic project that involves masters and doctoral study, the minimum credits are 40, in which the general public courses for masters stage are 7, the general public courses for doctoral stage are 5, the discipline basic courses for masters stage are not less than 11, the discipline basic courses for doctoral stage are not less than 4, the compulsory training are 2, the special courses are the rest. In the compulsory training, academic activities account for 1 credit, which includes more than 10 times of academic activities followed by written summaries that are graded by tutors; doctorial forums account for 1 credit, which demands 2 times of speeches for all the teachers and students on campus during their studying for their doctoral degree, and the speeches are assessed by the leaders who are in charge of the affairs about postgraduates.

For the masters candidates, the minimum credits are 28, in which 7 are for the general public courses, 11 for the discipline basic courses, 2 for the compulsory training, the others for the special courses. In the compulsory training, academic activities account for 1 credit, which includes more than 5 times of academic activities followed by written summaries that are graded by tutors; practice training accounts for 1 credit, which can be obtained by means of researching on the dynamic development of the discipline, working as an assistant or a research assistant, or participating in social practice, and the credit is graded by the teachers who guide the practice training.

In the general public courses, the term of English expansion includes many optional courses, such as “English and American societies and cultures, Translation of the science and technology English”, Communication with academic English,, Oral English”, and so on. The full-time masters candidates must take one of these courses, whose credits are counted in the credits of the general public courses.

4、Degree awarded

Master of Engineering,Philosophy Doctor.


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