I. Objectives

a. Build a strong and broad theoretical foundation in mathematics and mechanics, develop a systematic and thorough grasp of the discipline of mechanics, have a strong practical ability and be capable in computer applications and developments, gain creative achievements in science or technology, possess the ability to conduct scientific research independently in the field of mechanics and related fields. Sound professional ethics, strict, diligent, pragmatic and innovative scientific attitude, and possess the ability to undertake independent scientific research;

b. Have a solid theory foundation and systematic and in-depth professional knowledge;

c. Make innovative achievements in the mechanics field or expertise.

 

II. Main Research Fields:

1. Strengths of Materials

2. Dynamics of fluid-solid coupling

3. Smart materials and structures

4. Mechanics of nonhomogeneous materials

5. Micro-/nano-scale mechanics and multi-scale correlation

6. Nondestructive testing and digital signal processing

7. Environmental fluid mechanics

8. Computational fluid mechanics

9. Coupling dynamics of engineering system

10. Modeling and numerical simulation in Engineering

 

III. Program Length 

The time needed to complete a PhD degree typically ranges from three to five years for students hold a Master's degree, four to six years for MD-PhD students, and five to six years for direct PhD students. The graduation can be postponed, but the program duration should be within eight years. The duration is 4-6 years for MD-PhD and direct PhD students.

 

IV. Credits Requirements and Allocation

Credits for typical PhD students with a Master's degree 29. Credits for MD-PhD and direct PhD students 53.

Category

MD-PhD and direct PhD students

typical PhD students

Total credits

53

29

Courses credits

≥ 34 credits, (including credits for  advanced international courses ≥4)

Public compulsory courses ≥ 9 credits:

  • The theory and practice of Socialism with Chinese characteristics: 2 credits
  • Chinese Marxism: 2 credits
  • Dialectics of Nature (science/engineering/medical science)/Marxism and social science methodology (liberal arts): 1 credit
  • Foreign languages for Master's students: 2 credits
  • Thesis writing in English: 2 credits

Public elective courses ≥ 1 credit

≥10 credits

(including credits for  advanced international courses ≥2)

Public compulsory courses ≥ 4 credits:

  • Chinese Marxism: 2 credits
  • Thesis writing in English: 2 credits

 

 

Disciplinary core courses and disciplinary courses ≥ 24 credits:

  • 1st-level disciplinary core courses: 8 credits (compulsory)
  • 2nd-level disciplinary core courses: 4 credits (restricted elective)
  • Displinary courses for Master's students: 4 credits (elective)
  • 1st-level interdisciplinary courses: 4 credits (elective)
  • Displinary courses for PhD students: 4 credits (elective)
  • 1st-level interdisciplinary courses: 2 credits (elective)
  • Disciplinary courses for PhD students: 4 credits (elective)

No credits for compensatory courses and other elective courses, grades only.

Research

≥19 credits

Literature review and thesis proposal: 1 credit

 

Literature review and thesis proposal: 1 credit

Participation in international academic conferences or international academic conference held in China, and paper submission: 1 credit

Participation in international academic conferences or international academic conference held in China, and paper submission: 1 credit

Progress reports: 1 credit

Progress reports: 1 credit

Paper publication: 1 credit

Paper publication: 1 credit

Doctoral dissertation: 15 credits

Doctoral dissertation: 15 credits

             

Remark: The program for students with an equivalent academic level refers to the program forMD-PhD and direct PhD students. Students may  be granted an exemption from specific courses based on the  course exemption regulations. 

 

V.  The Curriculum and Course Credits

Courses

Course code

Course title

Hours

Credits

Term

Department

Remarks

Degree courses

Public compulsory  courses

408.602

Dialectics of Nature

18

1

Spring/Autumn

School of Marxism

Compulsory

≥ 6 credits (Master's level )

408.601

The theory and practice of the Socialism with Chinese characteristics

36

2

Spring/Autumn

School of Marxism

411.500

Foreign language (English)

32

2

Autumn,

Spring

School of foreign languages

 

Public elective courses

 

1

 

 

408.810

Chinese Marxism

36

2

Autumn

School of Marxism

Compulsory for PhD students  ≥ 4 credits

411.800

Thesis writing in English

32

2

Autumn

School of foreign languages

1st-level disciplinary core courses

151.101

Experimental methods in solid mechanics (advanced international course)

40

2.5

Autumn

Department of mechanics

Compulsory  ≥8 credits (Master's level)

151.102

Numerical methods in solid mechanics

40

2.5

Spring

Department of mechanics

151.103

Tensor analysis and continuum mechanics (higher-level course)

40

2.5

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.104

Advanced solid mechanics (higher-level course)

40

2.5

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.105

Advanced fluid mechanics

40

2.5

Autumn

Department of mechanics

2nd-level disciplinary core courses

151.201

The mechanical behavior of materials and simulation (higher-level course to be assessed)

40

2.5

Spring

Department of mechanics

Restricted elective  ≥ 4 credits (Master's level)

151.202

Multiscale simulation of the mechanical behavior of materials (advanced international course to be assessed)

32

2

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.203

Strength of materials (higher-level course to be assessed)

32

2

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.204

Computational fluid mechanics

40

2.5

Spring

Department of mechanics

151.205

Biomechanics (advanced international course to be assessed)

32

2

Spring

Department of mechanics

151.206

The theory and technology of modern measurement (advanced international course to be assessed)

32

2

Autumn

Department of mechanics

Elective courses for Master's program

151.501

Structural reliability analysis

32

2

Spring

Department of mechanics

≥ 4 credits  (Master's level)

151.502

Fluid-structure coupling vibration

32

2

Spring

Department of mechanics

151.503

Modern flow measurement technology

32

2

Spring

Department of mechanics

151.504

Turbulence theory and its application

32

2

Spring

Department of mechanics

151.505

Nonlinear finite element analysis

40

2.5

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.506

Mechanics of Nonhomogeneous materials

32

2

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.507

Generalized thermoelasticity

32

2

Autumn

Department of mechanics

Elective courses for PhD program

151.801

Smart materials and structures (higher-level course to be assessed)

32

2

Spring

Department of mechanics

≥ 4 credits

151.802

Nonlinear vibration

32

2

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.803

Micromechanics and Nanomechanics

32

2

Autumn

Department of mechanics

151.804

Gas dynamics

32

2

Spring

Department of mechanics

 

1st-level interdisciplinary courses

011.500

Theory of matrices

48

3

Autumn

Department of mathematics

Compulsory for PhD students ≥ 2 credits

011.502

Numerical analysis

48

3

Spring

Department of mathematics

110.504

Materials thermodynamic

48

3

Autumn

School of materials science and engineering

110.510

Solid state physics

40

2.5

Autumn

School of materials science and engineering

Non-

degree courses

Compensatory courses

 

Elasticity

80

 

Autumn

Department of mechanics

Compulsory for graduate students whose Bachelor's degree is not in mechanics

 

Fluid mechanics

80

 

Autumn

Department of mechanics

 

Mechanics of vibration

48

 

Spring

Department of mechanics

 

Computational mechanics

48

 

Spring

Department of mechanics

Research

650.801

Literature review and thesis proposal (PhD)

 

1

 

Department of mechanics

 

650.802

Participation in international academic conferences or international academic conference held in China, and paper submission (PhD)

 

1

 

 

650.803

 Progress reports (PhD)

 

1

 

 

650.804

Paper publication (PhD)

 

1

 

 

650.805

Doctoral dissertation (PhD)

 

15

 

 

650.501

Literature review and thesis proposal (MD)

 

1

 

 

650.502

Academic Report in academic conferences (MD)

 

1

 

 

650.503

The graduate thesis (MD)

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VI. Policies & Procedures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The PhD program is based on the supervisor-responsibility system.

2. Under the guidance of the supervisor, the PhD candidates should review the latest literatures at home and abroad based on a selected research direction, write and submit a thesis proposal, present the proposal to the relevant experts in the discipline, reply to the questions from the expert committee and proceed the oral defense. After passing the proposal review process, the PhD candidates can begin the doctoral dissertation process. The proposal review typically takes place one and half years after the first enrollment.

3. During the thesis completion process (one year after proposal review), PhD candidates should present the progresses of the dissertation to the relevant experts in the discipline, propose the plans and procedures for the next research step and submit the progress reports for reviewing.

4. The PhD candidates should attend national and international academic conferences, exchange ideas and information with colleagues worldwide. During their doctoral studies, they must attend international academic conference or important national academic conference at least once, meanwhile, they should submit a conference paper or present at the conference.

5. The PhD candidates must attend the public academic lectures at least 10 times during the doctoral studies. They are also required to take notes about the lectures on the notebook, which is regulated by the department. The lecturer or chair's signature is required. The candidates should also submit the notebook to the degree evaluation subcommittee of the department before applying for the degree thesis review. The course credit can then be obtained after authorization.

6. The PhD candidates should take 1st-level interdisciplinary courses and participate in the academic activities, MD-PhD and direct PhD students must take 1st-level interdisciplinary courses that accumulate to two credits. During the doctoral studies, participating in the academic activities in the key universities, labs or companies at home and abroad for two weeks or more is worth two credits.

7. The main innovation parts of the dissertation should be published in the important national and international academic journals. During the doctoral studies, the PhD candidates should publish (or the papers are accepted to publish) at least three dissertation related SCI papers before the thesis defense.

8. After completing the draft of the dissertation, the thesis should be approved by the supervisor and pass the concealed evaluation organized by the department. Then the PhD candidates can submit the dissertation draft for the concealed evaluation organized by the university.

9. After passing the degree thesis review process, the thesis defense can be arranged by the department and the supervisor according to the "Regulations for the award of Master's and doctoral degrees of Huazhong University of Science & Technology".

10. If the allegation of a serious academic misconduct against a student is proved, the student's application for the degree will be cancelled.