Study Plan and General Information for the Ph.D. Program in
Journalism and Communication
This is a full-time doctoral program with the normal length of 4 years.
Timing Table for Graduation Procedures
五、学术论文 / Academic Paper
Before the students’ final defense, the student must publish at least 2 academic papers.
The 2 publications could be 2 journal publications in CSSCI or TSSCI journals, or 1 publication in SSCI or A&HCI Journals. If the student has a National research Award, he/she can waive this requirement. If the student has any high-level research award, or has any innovation patent, it equals the same number of SCI or EI journal articles.
The 2 academic publications could also be papers accepted by international conferences with broad international influence (including ICA, NCA, AEJMC).
The student as the first author or corresponding author in the SSCI journal is counted as 1 piece of publication. The student as second author (in this case his/her advisor as first author) is calculated as 1/2 piece of publication. Third author will not be calculated. For international conference papers, the student should be the first/corresponding author as well in order to make the article calculated as his/her publications.
六、学位论文 / Dissertation
The Ph.D. dissertation should be no less than 40000 words.
The dissertation should focus on the issues in the field of new media communication and media management, and be in tune with the development of related disciplines, meet the standards of academic writing, and fully demonstrate the students’ creativeness and capacity in new media theories and practices. Also, the students under the guidance of supervisors must write the dissertation independently.
The student has to pass the qualification exam before he/she can do the Dissertation proposal defense. Usually in the 6th semester, the Department should arrange the review and oral defense of the completed dissertation. First, the dissertation should be reviewed by a review committee which consists of more than 2 experts with the rank of associate professor or above. After that the dissertation should be orally defended by students in front of a defense committee which consists of 3-5 experts in the given area. The student has to meet the requirement of the credits, GPA and publication by the university requirement in order to have his/her dissertation defense.
Qualification examination is a comprehensive examination of disciplines before entering the stage of dissertation. It aims to test whether candidates have solid basic knowledge and theory of communication science, firmly grasp modern communication research methods, and have the ability to innovate and independently carry out scientific research. Specifically, the qualification examination takes the form of anonymous marking. It is held once a year. It will be held in the fourth semester of the PhD Program. The teaching office will give the students notice one month in advance. If the written qualification test fails, the students can re-take the exam in the same period of the fourth, fifth and sixth academic years (three exam opportunities in total). If the student has not passed the exam in the sixth academic year, it will be treated as drop-out. Specifically, the written qualification examination is a closed-book examination, which includes three subjects, namely, basic theories, research methods and research disciplines. The examination time for each subject is 3 hours, which adds up to nine hours in total.
八、开题报告 / Dissertation Proposal
The dissertation proposal should be conducted under the guidance of the instructor, which concludes research, status, significance and value of the topic in the current research at home and abroad, and the main condition, the research frame work, frame structure, schedule and so on for individual study. Students must also put forward design draft, supporting theory and research methods.
The student has to finish writing the proposal and hand in the proposal through the university system before the assigned deadline by the department. Usually in the of the 6th to the 7th term, the department will organize the defense of dissertation proposal.
九、中期考核 / Mid-Term Assessment
In the mid-term assessment, the dissertation work should be started under the guidance of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Doctoral Students Work Regulations.
In the mid-term assessment the student has to finish at least half of the dissertation writing, in order to pass the mid-term assessment. The student has to finish writing the mid-term report and hand in the report through the university system before the assigned deadline by the department.
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Curriculum for Doctoral Degree In Journalism and Communication