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Regulations for the Award of the Degrees
Division of Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology

1. Graduate students in Ph.D. and the Integrative programs of Division of Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology may choose whether the doctoral degree is to be awarded in science or in engineering. Those applying for Biosciences track will be awarded Ph.D of science and those applying for Biotechnology track will be awarded Ph.D. of Engineering
2. The minimum number of overall credits to be completed for each course
Integrative program : Course credits 27, Research credits 33 (total 60 credits)
Doctoral program : Course credits 18, Research credits 14 (total 32 credits)
3. Ph.D. Qualification Examination (Q.E.)
3.1 Students who enroll in the Integrative program are required to pass the Q.E. during the first four semesters of graduate studies. Those who fail the Q.E. twice may be dismissed from the program.
3.2 If a student who obtained Master's degrees applies for the Doctoral program, the student is required to take the Q.E. (or verbal examination equivalent to the Q.E.) and the result is reflected in the evaluation process for the admission decision.
3.3 The Q.E. is executed twice a year along with an entrance examination for the Ph.D. program and the three subjects are as follows:      (1) Bio-imaging Technology
     (2) Advanced Membrane Biology
     (3) one of the subjects related to Biosciences and Biotechnology
3.4 The subjects related to Biosciences and Biotechnology for the Q.E. should be approved by the graduate committee of the department.
3.5 Those who complete course credits of the three Q.E. subjects and have a GPA of A-(3.7) or above for each course, are exempt from the Q.E. and admitted to pass the Q.E.
3.6 Students who fail the Q.E. in the first attempt are allowed to take makeup (final examinations within six months from the first attempt.
3.7 Re-taking the course of subjects for Q.E. is not admitted in principle. Exceptions are permitted upon approval by the Dean of the Graduate School, POSTECH.
4. Thesis proposal (TP)
4.1. The Thesis Examining Committee for those applying for the Doctoral program and those applying for the Integrative program must be organized by the end of the second and sixth semester, respectively.
4.2 The Thesis Examining Committee of the dissertation must be composed of five members. At least one of the Examining Committee members must be from other departments of the POSTECH or Graduate School of other university, and more than half of the Examining Committee members must be composed of professors from the POSTECH.
4.3 The doctoral and Integrative program students are required to submit a TP and have a verbal examination by the Thesis Examining Committee of the dissertation no later than the end of the second and sixth semester, respectively.
4.4 Students who fail to pass the TP may take the makeup (final) examination within six months.
5. Regulations for the Ph.D degree
5.1 The Thesis Examining Committee of the dissertation decides the award of the Ph.D. Degrees according to the comprehensive evaluation of a candidate's publication, knowledge on biosciences and biotechnology, scientific approach to problem solving, a thesis writing ability and etc.
5.2 The minimum requirements for the Ph.D. degrees are to obtain all credits for the completion of the program and to publish at least one scientific paper as the first author on distinguished journals approved by the department.
5.3 The list of distinguished scientific journals is decided by the approval of the graduate committee of the department.
5.4 A petition for any issues caused by disagreement at the Thesis Examining Committee of the dissertation may be made by the candidate's advisor and the graduate committee has the right to discuss and settle the issues.
5.5 Students must pass the Q.E. and TP and complete the course of attending designated seminars.
5.6 In special circumstances that students cannot continue studying, the graduate committee of the department may discuss the particulars related to master's degrees awarding.
5.7 Students must obtain required (18 course credits and 10 research credits, 28 credits in total) , and should pass qualification exam. And also publish at least one paper on SCI(E) registered journals as the first author or co-first author. But in an exceptional case the graduate committee can discuss and decide to award a master's degree upon request of the candidate's advisor.
6. Co-advisor system
6.1 Students are required to choose a co-advisor with an advice of their advisor and their own will.
6.2 A co-advisor should be selected before TP is passed and its approval by the department and the Graduate School, POSTECH should be followed.
6.3 Co-advisors are required to give advice to their students regularly.