Study Plan and General Information for the Ph.D. Program in
Journalism and Communication
一、 学科专业简介 / Program Overview
The School of Media and Communication of Shanghai Jiaotong University has enrolled doctoral students in related disciplines since 2006. At present, the doctoral program has formed a core teaching and scientific research team with 15 doctoral supervisors, and also hired 3 famous overseas university professors and well-known scholars as part-time doctoral supervisors. With the help of the school's relatively strong international faculty, we formally launched a full English doctoral program in journalism and communication in May 2016, aimed at cultivating international new media research talents and becoming an important supplement to our doctoral program.
二、培养目标 / Program Objective
Specifically designed for international students, the program aims at cultivating high-level new media scholars who hold both super research ability and solid practical skills in information age. The students are expected to be knowledgeable of humanities, basic sciences, media literacy, and civil society literacy. They should have a deep understanding on the nature, the law and the development of new media industries in contemporary society. They should also be able to fully understand the relationship between new media and human behaviors, especially the impact of online public opinion on social development.
三、学习年限 / Study Period
This is a full-time doctoral program with the normal length of 4 years. Before graduation, a student must complete at least 35 credit hours in total, including 26 credit hours of required courses. Students should finish the courses in first three semesters. A student can enroll in at most 13 credit hours each semester.
四、课程学习要求 / Curriculum and Credits
五、学术论文 / Academic Paper
Before the students’ final defense, the student must publish at least 2 academic papers.
The 2 publications could be 2 journal publications in CSSCI or TSSCI journals, or 1 publication in SSCI or A&HCI Journals. If the student has a National research Award, he/she can waive this requirement. If the student has any high-level research award, or has any innovation patent, it equals the same number of SCI or EI journal articles. The 2 academic publications could also be papers accepted by international conferences with broad international influence (including ICA, NCA, AEJMC). The student as the first author or corresponding author in the SSCI journal is counted as 1 piece of publication. The student as second author (in this case his/her advisor as first author) is calculated as 1/2 piece of publication. Third author will not be calculated. For international conference papers, the student should be the first/corresponding author as well in order to make the article calculated as his/her publications.
六、学位论文 / Dissertation
The Ph.D. dissertation should be no less than 40000 words. The dissertation should focus on the issues in the field of new media communication and media management, and be in tune with the development of related disciplines, meet the standards of academic writing, and fully demonstrate the students’ creativeness and capacity in new media theories and practices. Also, the students under the guidance of supervisors must write the dissertation independently. The student has to pass the qualification exam before he/she can do the Dissertation proposal defense. Usually in the 6th semester, the Department should arrange the review and oral defense of the completed dissertation. First, the dissertation should be reviewed by a review committee which consists of more than 2 experts with the rank of associate professor or above. After that the dissertation should be orally defended by students in front of a defense committee which consists of 3-5 experts in the given area. The student has to meet the requirement of the credits, GPA and publication by the university requirement in order to have his/her dissertation defense.
Qualification examination is a comprehensive examination of disciplines before entering the stage of dissertation. It aims to test whether candidates have solid basic knowledge and theory of communication science, firmly grasp modern communication research methods, and have the ability to innovate and independently carry out scientific research. Specifically, the qualification examination takes the form of anonymous marking. It is held once a year. It will be held in the fourth semester of the PhD Program. The teaching office will give the students notice one month in advance. If the written qualification test fails, the students can re-take the exam in the same period of the fourth, fifth and sixth academic years (three exam opportunities in total). If the student has not passed the exam in the sixth academic year, it will be treated as drop-out. Specifically, the written qualification examination is a closed-book examination, which includes three subjects, namely, basic theories, research methods and research disciplines. The examination time for each subject is 3 hours, which adds up to nine hours in total.
八、开题报告 / Dissertation Proposal
The dissertation proposal should be conducted under the guidance of the instructor, which concludes research, status, significance and value of the topic in the current research at home and abroad, and the main condition, the research frame work, frame structure, schedule and so on for individual study. Students must also put forward design draft, supporting theory and research methods. The student has to finish writing the proposal and hand in the proposal through the university system before the assigned deadline by the department. Usually in the of the 6th to the 7th term, the department will organize the defense of dissertation proposal.
九、中期考核 / Mid-Term Assessment
In the mid-term assessment, the dissertation work should be started under the guidance of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Doctoral Students Work Regulations. In the mid-term assessment the student has to finish at least half of the dissertation writing, in order to pass the mid-term assessment. The student has to finish writing the mid-term report and hand in the report through the university system before the assigned deadline by the department.
Attachment: Curriculum for Doctoral Progra In Journalism and Communication