Degree Requirements for International Ph.D. Program in Biotech and Healthcare Management in College of Management, Taipei Medical University
- The maximum time limits to complete the degree or for suspended study are subject to the Taipei Medical University Academic Regulations.The maximum time limits to complete the degree or for temporarily suspension of study shall be subject to the Taipei Medical University Academic Regulations.
- Course Requirements
Each student is required to complete a minimum of 30 credits, including 22 mandatory credits (12 credits from Doctoral Dissertation and 0 credits from Research Ethics), and a minimum of 8 elective credits. Each student needs to complete and pass all of the courses within the first two years. Any student who has completed all mandatory credits including Research Ethics (but excluding the Doctoral Dissertation), and at least 4 credits of elective courses will be eligible to apply for the Qualification Examination.
- Dissertation Guidance Committee (DGC)
(1) Prior to the end of the first school year, each graduate student should choose his or her dissertation advisor, who will be responsible for constituting the Dissertation Guidance Committee (DGC). A DGC consists of three to five members, including the advisor. The program director will appoint one member (other than the student’s advisor) to be the chief coordinator of the DGC.
(2) From the third year of their doctoral study, each student will be required to report the progress to DGC at least once per school year. From the fourth year of their study, each student will be required to report the progress to the faculty and students in his or her program each year.
(3) The DGC shall turn the progress report of each school year, collect relevant their opinions and report to the program office. The Audit Committee for Research Progress of Ph.D. Students (ACRPPS) organized by the program director will review the progress report, and provide their opinions to the graduate students and their advisors for proper guidance.
(4) If a student has changed his or her advisor, the new DGC should be formed within one year.
- Eligibility for Qualification Exam (QE)
(1) Each student in his or her second or higher year of the doctoral program has completed all mandatory credits including Research Ethics (but excluding the Doctoral Dissertation), and at least 4 credits of elective courses will be eligible to apply for the Qualification Examination.
(2) Each student must complete the QE by the end of the third year of study. The QE can be taken twice. Any student who fails to pass QE after the second time will be disqualified to continue the study. A student who has passed QE becomes a Ph.D. candidate.
(3) Constitution of Examination Committe.
A. The program director shall appoint one full-time or jointly-appointed full-time teacher to be the chief coordinator.
B. The chief coordinator shall nominate five to seven candidates for committee members. The program director shall choose four from the list (the committee shall have at least one member who is not from the TMU faculty) to constitute the Examination Committee of five members (the program director can also suggest any suitable candidate for committee members).
(4) Application time:
QEs are offered twice a year. Students are required to apply before each March or September. The program office will announce the exact application period.
(5) Application materials:
A. The Ph.D. candidate QE application form.
B. Original copy of all past transcripts.
C. Topic of interest, and the abstract in English.
D. Hypothesis to be proven and evidence materials (including preliminary experimental data) for assuming the hypothesis to be valid.
(6) Examination contents:
A. The graduate student’s presentation on his or her Dissertation in progress shall be the subject to the QE.
B. Such presentation should cover “Background Introduction”, “Basis of Theory”, “Hypothesis”, and any compelling evidence that supports the “Hypothesis”. Preliminary data and other evidence should also be provided along with an evaluation and critical discussion, as well as the judgment on the validity of “Hypothesis”.
C. A written report should be subject ten days before the QE.
D. Each graduate student shall have 50 minutes to deliver the presentation. A QE takes around 2 hours.
(7) Evaluation criteria:
A. Literature gathering and evidence organization, value of report’s hypothesis, comprehension and logical thinking, writing of English draft paper, expression and spontaneous response.
B. The score will be determined by a majority decision.
- Preliminary Audit of Ph.D. Dissertation
(1) Application time: The preliminary audits are offered twice a year. Students are required to apply before each March or October. The program office will announce the exact application period.
(2) Application materials:
A. Proof of transcripts.
B. Photocopies of qualified SCI, SSCI, A&HCI, EI, THCI Core publications (or the acceptance letter)
C. Draft of the dissertation (Dissertation should be written in English) and Turnitin paper originality comparison result of such draft
D. Proof of giving presentation at one or more academic symposium.
(3) SCI, SSCI, A&HCI, EI, THCI Core publications should meet the following requirements so as to apply for Preliminary Audit:
A. At least 1 original publication in SCI, SSCI, A&HCI, EI, THCI Core journal (ranked in top 50%) as the first author.
B. The publication should be published under the name of International Ph.D. Program in Biotech and Healthcare Management, College of Management, Taipei Medical University as the primary institute affiliation and so it will be counted.
C. The student’s advisor or co-advisor should be the corresponding author of the qualified publication. A co-advisor should be notified before submitting the publication; otherwise the publication will not be qualified.
D. The content of the publication should be fundamentally logical, coherent and must be relevant to the student’s dissertation.
E. The Preliminary Audit Committee organized by the program director will audit the dissertation. After the Committee acknowledges the dissertation, the student will be eligible for applying for the Oral Dissertation Defense.
F. In any special situation (such as change of advisor), the student can submit the solid evidence to the program council, then to the College Affairs Council for review and decision if the Program Affairs Council resolves to allow the situation.
- Oral Dissertation Defense (ODD)
(1) The Oral Dissertation Defense Committee consists of five to nine members. At least one third of members of the Committee shall be retained from outside of the TMU faculty. The advisor shall nominate the candidates, and the Dean shall select the members, and appoint one member to be the chief coordinator. Neither the advisor nor the co-advisor shall be the chief coordinator. The score of the ODD will be the average of the points given by each member attending at the event. The passing score is 70 points. If more than one third of the Committee members gives a failing score, the student will be deemed to have failed the ODD.
(2) After the Oral Dissertation Defense is passed, after the opinions of the members of the committee are revised and the texts are revised, the degree certificate can be issued according to the examination process of the degree examination of Taipei Medical University and the graduation leaving procedure.
- Other unfinished matters shall be handled in accordance with the relevant regulations of Taipei Medical University and the Ministry of Education.
- The implementation of, and amendment to the foregoing provisions are subject to the approval of Program Affairs Council, College Affairs Council, and Academic Affairs Council.