Curriculum / Requirements

1. Curriculum

(A) Credit Requirement
(1) For students entering with a master’s degree, at least 18 credits (thesis credits excluded) of formal coursework are required.
(2) For students who enter the program with a bachelor’s degree, 30 credits (thesis credits excluded) of formal coursework are required. Students holding a bachelor’s degree require evaluation by the admission committee to advance into the Ph.D. program at the end of their first year of matriculations.

(B) Required Courses
(1) Introduction to Neuroscience (3 credits, offered every Fall)animated-new-image-0053
(2) Neuroscience Seminar (1 credit per semester, for a total of 4 credits within the first two years).
(3) Laboratory Rotations(2 credits, at least 2 rotations in the first year): One rotation should be in Academia Sinica and the other in enrolled university.
(4) Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Lecture (1 credit per semester, for a total of 2 credits in the first year)
(5) Elementary Chinese Course (0 credit; international students from non-Chinese countries are required by TIGP program to take one year course of Mandarin Chinese)

(C) Elective Courses

(1) Neuroscience thesis writing and presentation (2 credit)

(2) Introduction of Research Techiniques in Neuroscience (2 credits, every two years)animated-new-image-0053

(3) Neural Development (2 credits, every two years)

(4) Electrophysiology Technique (3 credits, summer)

(5) Neuroimaging Technique (3 credits, every two years)

(6) Clinical Perspectives of Neurological Disorders (2 credits, every two years)

(7) Students are allowed to take courses related to neuroscience as elective courses, offered in affliliated university with prior notice to TIGP-INS office.

 

*Students with bachelor degree should take no more then 10 credits for courses that are not offered in English. For students holding master degree, 3 credits are the maximum.

 

2. Thesis Advisor

Students are required to select 2 thesis advisors, one from enrolled university and the other from Academia Sinica. These thesis advisors can be selected from the faculty member list from this program and meet the qualifications under “Guidelines for qualifications thesis advisors for doctoral and master's students at enrolled university”.
Students are required to have completed at least 2 laboratory rotations for 2 months each (8 weeks in summer vacation or during semesters). Students should choose their thesis advisors before the beginning of the fall semester in their second year. Students can seek for Student Affairs Committee's advice before choosing thesis advisors.

3. Qualifying Examination

(A) Requirements
(1) Completion of all required courses, including Introduction to Neuroscience (3 credits), Neuroscience Seminar (2 credits), Laboratory Rotations (2 credits), and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Lecture (2 credits) in first year.
(2) Thesis advisors must be selected by completion of Thesis Advisor Record.

(B) Timing

The examination for admission to candidacy should take place no later than the end of Febuary of the second year. For students entering with a bachelor’s degree, the examination for admission to candidacy should take place no later than the end of Febuary of the third year (the second year of their Ph.D. program).
(1) Students should submit the qualifying examination application with an abstract of their doctoral research project by 5:00 PM on June 1 of the first Ph.D. year.
(2) Upon approval of the abstract, seven hard copies and an electronic copy (pdf format) of the FULL thesis proposal for the Qualifying Examination Committee should be submitted to the TIGP-INS Office by July 31. Please note that there will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this deadline.

(3) The oral presentation will take place by September 30. This will consist of 40 – 45 minutes of oral presentation by the student, followed by questions from the members of the Qualifying Examination Committee. Exam date will announced by INS office.

(4) Applicants may apply for re-examination due to the following reasons:
i. Failure to pass the required courses in the first year
ii. Thesis advisors have not been chosen in the first year
iii. Failure to successfully complete the qualifying examination on the first try

For re-examination, the student must apply by November 1 of the second Ph.D. year, submit a thesis proposal by December 31, and finish the oral defense by the end of February.

Qualifying Examination Timetable in a Glimpse

Requirement

First

Second

1. Submit a qualifying examination application, including the title and abstract of your thesis proposal

Before 5:00 PM on June 1 of first Ph.D. year

Before 5:00PM on November 1 of second Ph.D. year

2. Submit a FULL thesis proposal to the TIGP-INS office

Before 5:00 PM on July 31 of first Ph.D. year

Before 5:00PM on December 31 of second Ph.D. year

3. Finish the oral presentation

Before 5:00PM on September 30 of the second Ph.D. year

Before 5:00PM on Febuary 28 of second Ph.D. year

*If you enrolled with a master’s degree on September of 2013, the first Ph.D. year starts from August 1, 2013 and ends in July 31, 2014.
*If you enrolled with a bachelor’s degree on September of 2013, the first Ph.D. year stars from August 1, 2014 and ends in July 31 of 2015.

IV. Qualifying Examination Committee
The Degree Examination Committee will select five to seven experts as members of the Qualifying Examination Committee and appoint one of the members as the committee chair. Thesis advisors cannot be included in the Committee.
V. Standards for Passing the Qualifying Examination
(1) Two-third (including two-third) of all attending committee members must vote to pass AND
(2) The students must receive a grade point average of at least 70 (out of 100 points) on the qualifying examination.

 

VI. Outcomes of the Qualifying Examination


Grade of Qualifying Examination

Pass

The committee concludes that the student has met expectations and passed the exam, as determined by the standards described in Section V. The student will now be qualified as a Ph.D. candidate in the program.

Conditional Pass

The committee concludes that the proposal only needs improvement in writing. The student will have 2 weeks to rewrite the proposal and resubmit it to the committee for approval (for first try only).

Fail*

If the committee concludes that the student’s performance is unsatisfactory, he/she may be given an opportunity for reexamination.

*If the student is not offered re-examination, or if the student’s performance is judged unsatisfactory on the re-examination, he/she should withdraw from the TIGP-INS program.


VII. Writing your Thesis Proposal
The thesis proposal will consist of the following components in order. The text should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font and single-spaced. The main text (not including pages of title and references) of your proposal should not exceed 13 pages.

(1) Abstract (1 page): Briefly describe the background that leads to the specific aims to be achieved and any hypotheses to be tested. Briefly mention approaches that are to be used to accomplish the above goals.
(2) Specific aims and hypotheses to be tested (1 page): Briefly describe the background. Summarize the major goals of this proposal and what specific research aims are to be accomplished. State any hypotheses to be tested and briefly describe what approaches are to be used.
(3) Background review and significance (2-3 pages): Briefly describe the background and bibliography of major references of this proposal. Critically evaluate present knowledge related to this proposal and specifically identify the gaps in which this proposal intends to fill. State concisely the importance and significance of the research described in this application by relating the specific aims to the overall goals of the proposal.
(4) Research design and methods (8 pages):

(5) Reference


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4. Thesis Progress Report

(1) After successful completion of the qualifying examination, Ph.D. candidates should meet with their Thesis Advisory Committee every year to assess their thesis progress. The "Progress Report Record form" should be returned to office by December 31.

(2) The Thesis Advisory Committee consists of at least three committee members (including the thesis Advisors). Appointments and changes to the committee members will be determined by the student's thesis advisor, along with the academic committee of this program.

5. Degree examination

Application Procedures
(1) Degree Review Examination
(a) Ph.D. candidates should submit the application “Degree Review Examination” and submit it along with the application form, 2 recommendation letters from thesis advisors, an initial draft of their complete thesis and other evidence of scholarly achievements.
(b) After reviewing all the supporting documents mentioned above, the candidate will be permitted to give an oral presentation.
(c) Successful completion requires the agreement of 80% or more of the Degree Examination Review Committee members (6-10 members from university and Academia Sinica; but excluding thesis advisors).
(d) Candidates who fail the review examination may apply for a re-examination. Only one re-examination is permitted. Students who fail the re-examination will be asked to withdraw from the program.

(2) Degree Examination
(a) Prerequisites for Examination
(i) Ph.D. candidates who pass the review examination should fill out an application requesting the Degree Examination and submit it along with semester transcripts, thesis, and proof of successful completion of the Qualifying Examination. After the application is approved by the thesis advisors, and the program coordinators from Academica Sinica and affiliated university within the school deadline. Students should submit aforementioned documents, letters of recommendation from the thesis advisors, and a name list of the Degree Examination Committee to the Office of Academic Affairs of the University. The detailed application process will follow affiliated university's regulation.
(ii) Thesis draft should be written in English and according to the requirement set forth the University and submitted to the Degree Examination Committee after being approved by the thesis advisor prior to the Degree Examination.

(b) Degree Examination Committee
The Degree Examination Committee will consist of five to nine members, recommended by the thesis advisor. Qualifications for faculty members of the Degree Examination Committee will be determined as per University regulations.

(c) Degree Examination
(i) The final examination score is an average of individual scores given by the attending committee members, and a score of 70 out of 100 is considered passing. The detailed rules will be determined as per university regulations.
(ii)Candidates who fail the thesis exam can apply for a re-examination, provided their time-to-degree limits have not yet expired. Re-examination is limited to one opportunity only. Students who fail the re-examination will be asked to withdraw from the program.

6.Publication

The affiliation of TIGP students in their published work should be listed as followed,

1.For students enrolled in NYMU, the affiliation should be listed as "Taiwan International Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University and Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan", followed by the primary affiliation of the advisor".

2.For students enrolled in NCKU, the affiliation should be listed as "Taiwan International Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, National Cheng Kung University and Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan", followed by the primary affiliation of the advisor".

3.For students enrolled in NTU, the affiliation should be listed as "Taiwan International Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, National Taiwan University and Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan", followed by the primary affiliation of the advisor".

4.For students enrolled in NCU, the affiliation should be listed as "Taiwan International Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, National Central University and Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan", followed by the primary affiliation of the advisor".

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