Study PhD in China

The course structure of a PhD or doctoral program in China is similar to the UK and US. First, you will choose a novel topic in your field and conduct a detailed research about it with the assistance of a chosen supervisor. Upon completion of the research, you will submit a thesis presenting significant findings.

The normal length of a full-time Chinese PhD program is three to four years with an option apply for a one year extension to complete writing your dissertation.

A PhD’s academic year in China is composed of two semesters, the spring semester which starts in March and ends in mid July and the fall semester which starts in mid September and ends in January.

The curriculum of Chinese PhD programs differ depending on the university of the subject area. However, Chinese universities offering PhD usually go for more formal classroom teaching. In the first two to three years of your PhD program, you must complete training and study as set by your supervisor. This includes classroom discussions and examinations.

During the fourth year of study, you are required to submit a full doctoral thesis on your research project and pass an oral defense in the presence of a panel of experts.

Tuition Fee and Admissions

The tuition fee for PhD programs in China vary depending on the field of study. For instance, Arts and Humanities subjects have lower tuition fees when compared to other subject areas. PhD programs related to medicine usually have more expensive tuition fees with science and engineering programs coming in next. You can apply for Chinese government scholarships or Chinese university scholarships to ease the burden financially.

Basic admission requirements include a master’s degree, passing the entrance examination, having a research supervisor and recommendation letters. Most Chinese university will also required you to pass a certain level of the HSK test (Chinese proficiency test).

PhD Programs in China


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