Division of Integrated Biosciences and Biotechnology Regulations on the Conferment of Graduate Degrees

1. Graduate students in PhD and MS/PhD integrated programs of Division of Integrated Biosciences and Biotechnology may choose to receive their doctoral degree in science or in engineering. Those who opt for the Biosciences track shall be awarded a doctoral degree in science and those for the Biotechnology track shall be awarded a doctoral degree in engineering.

2. The minimum number of required credits to complete each degree program

  • MS/PhD Integrated program: 27 course credits, 33 research credits (total 60 credits)
  • PhD program: 18 course credits, 14 research credits (total 32 credits)
    ※ Students shall be recommended to earn 4 credits from English Presentation courses of Special Topics in IBB, regardless of degree programs.

3. Doctoral Qualifying Examination (Q.E.)

  • 3.1 Students enrolled in the MS/PhD Integrated program must pass the Q.E. within four semesters of study. Students who fail the Q.E. twice shall be dismissed from the program. (as per University regulations)
  • 3.2 Students with a master’s degree, either from POSTECH or another institution, must take the Q.E. as part of their PhD entrance examinations. The Division shall use the exam result in making an admission decision.
  • 3.3 If a student completes Q.E. subject courses and receives a grade of B+ or above, he/she shall be exempt from taking a written Q.E. and considered to have passed the Q.E. requirement.
  • 3.4 A written Q.E. shall be conducted twice a year (January, July) and assess a student’s knowledge in the three subjects designated by the Division.
  • 3.5 If a student in the MS/PhD integrated program fails a Q.E. at a substitute subject, he/she must take a written exam twice for the subject.
  • 3.6 Q.E. subjects designated by faculty members in each area of study must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Division.
  • 3.7 Students can change track in a course registration and it confirmation and changes period.

4. Thesis Proposal

  • 4.1 Students in the PhD program must form a doctoral thesis committee within two semesters of study; students in the MS/PhD integrated programs within six semesters of study.
  • 4.1.1 Students in the PhD program must form a doctoral thesis committee within two semesters of study; students in the MS/PhD integrated programs within five semesters of study. (Applied from students who matriculate in Sep. 2018)
  • 4.2 A PhD thesis committee must have five members, including one professor or more from another department or another university which awards graduate degree. However, the majority of the committee must be POSTECH professors. (as per University regulations)
  • 4.3 Students in the PhD program must submit a thesis proposal to their thesis committee and have an oral defense within two semesters of study; students in the MS/PhD program within six semesters of study.
  • 4.3.1 Students in the PhD program must submit a thesis proposal to their thesis committee and have an oral defense within two semesters of study; students in the MS/PhD program within five semesters of study. (Applied from students who matriculate in Sep. 2018)
  • 4.4 If a student fails a thesis proposal defense at his/her first attempt, he/she shall be allowed a maximum of one more attempt, and it must take place within six months from the original defense date.
  • 4.5 A thesis proposal defense may be postponed once up to six months.
  • 4.6 In principle, a student must present and discuss the research progress at a meeting with thesis committee members within 2 years before the graduation.

5. Doctoral Degree Conferment Policies

  • 5.1 A thesis committee shall make a degree conferment decision based on a student’s paper publication records, comprehensive academic knowledge, abilities to comprehend and solve problems in biosciences/biotechnology, and paper/dissertation writing skills.
  • 5.2 It is the minimum requirement of the Division 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.
    • Div. of Integrated Biosciences and Biotechnology doctoral degree requirements for international journals (first-authored paper) : SCI(E) journals authorized by the Division
      ※ Review Articles are excluded.
  • 5.3 The list of major journals shall be drawn up by faculty members in each area of study, and must be approved by the Division’s Graduate Studies Committee.
  • 5.4 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.
  • 5.5 In addition to passing the QE and the thesis proposal, students are required to take seminars as specified by the Division.
Category Program Requirements
Enrolled in September 2015 or earlier MS/PhD Must attend a minimum of 8 seminars per semester for 4 semesters, 32 seminar attendances requested in total
*a minimum of 4 of the seminars attended each semester must be Regular Seminar
Integrated Must attend a minimum of 8 seminars per semester for 8 semesters, 64 seminar attendances requested in total
*a minimum of 4 of the seminars attended each semester must be Regular Seminar
Enrolled in March 2016 or later MS/PhD/
Integrated
1st year (2 semesters): Must take seminar class
*Must attend a minimum of 11 classes and maximum of 3 classes can be replaced by LS/IBB special seminar
MS/PhD 2nd year and on: Must attend a minimum of 8 seminars per semester for 2 semesters-16 seminar attendance required in total
*a minimum of 4 of the seminars attended each semester must be Regular Seminar
Integrated 2nd year and on: Must attend a minimum of 8 seminars per semester for 6 semesters-48 seminar attendance required in total
*a minimum of 4 of the seminars attended each semester must be Regular Seminar
  • 5.6 Students must fulfill the teaching assistant duty as required by the Division.

6. MS Degree Conferment Policies

  • 6.1 If a student enrolled in the MS/PhD integrated program cannot continue with his/her study for unavoidable reasons, he/she may be awarded a master’s degree with approval from the Graduate Studies Committee of the University after submitting an application for MS/PhD Integrated Program Withdrawal.
  • 6.2 It is the principle of the Division that master’s candidates complete the credit requirements specified in the University Statutes and publish a paper in a journal listed in the SCI(E) database. However, the thesis committee may deliberate on the case and decide to confer a degree if the student’s advisor files a petition.
  • 6.3 A master’s thesis committee must be composed of three faculty members. (as per University regulations)

7. Co-Advisor

  • 7.1 A co-advisor may be selected if desired both by the student and the current advisor.
  • 7.2 A co-advisor must provide academic supervision to his/her advisee on a regular basis.