Doctoral students

Prospectus for Doctoral Programmes 2013

Date: 2013-01-06 Views:78

Xiamen University (XMU) was founded in 1921 by the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader Tan Kah Kee. With a top-notch faculty and staff, XMU offers a broad range of academic programmes. It is a key comprehensive university directly affiliated toChina’s Ministry of Education, and is a first-class university with extensive international influence, ranking among the top 20 out of the over 2,000 higher-education institutions inChina. XMU has campuses on both sides ofXiamenBay, facing the Taiwan Straits. Nestled snugly between green hills and the blue sea, XMU boasts the most beautiful campuses inChina.

 Ten Reasons to Study at Xiamen University

1. Eligibility

2. Application time

3. Application procedures

4. Application documents

5. Academic programmes

6. Acceptance

7. Length of programme, duration of study and conferring of degree

8. Application fee

9. Tuition

10. Accommodation and living expenses

11. Scholarships

12. Contact information

1. Eligibility

(1). Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens, be in good health, and possess a valid passport.

(2). Applicants should hold a master's degree.

2. Application time: Feb. 1- July 1, 2013

3. Application procedures

(1) Online application

Applicants should first make online application and upload the required documents at 

Online application is mandatory. Paper-based applications with no online signing-up will not be considered.

(2) Submission of application documents

Applicants should mail the application form generated automatically upon successful online application and other required application documents to XMU Admissions Office by July 1, 2013. Late applications will not be considered.

(Postal address: Admissions Office of Xiamen University, Fujian Province,China361005; Tel: +86-0592-2184792)

 Application procedures


4. Application documents

Applicants must provide true and correct information in all application documents:

 (1) Application Form for International Students, which should be completed in Chinese or English and then printed out after successful online application.

(2) Master's degree certificate (notarized copy in English or Chinese). Applicants who are currently studying at university should provide a study certificate. Certificate in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

Note: Applicants who have provided a study certificate should submit a notarized copy of their master’s degree to the XMU Admissions Office before the specified registration date; failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.

(3) Academic transcripts relating to master's degree’s study. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translation in Chinese or English.

(4) Study or research plan (minimum 1,000 words) in Chinese or English.

(5) Two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by professors or associate professors.

(6) Photocopy of Chinese (HSK) or English Proficiency Certificate or medium-of-instruction certificate.

(7) Photocopy of a valid passport.

(8) Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (click here to download), completed in Chinese or English. (The original is to be retained by the applicant.)

(9) Statement of Financial Support (click here to download), certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover his or her tuition, accommodation and living expenses. It should be accompanied by an employment certificate or income certificate and a photocopy of the valid passport of the financial sponsor.

Note: Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials. Incomplete application materials will be rejected. No application materials will be returned, regardless of the outcome of the application.

5. Academic programmes

(1) Chinese-medium doctoral programmes

Most doctoral programmes at XMU are taught in Chinese. 

Chinese proficiency requirement

Applicants for programmes in the humanities, economics, management, law and arts need to have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK band 5 (or HSK band 6) or above; applicants for programmes in sciences should have a certificate of new HSK band 4 (or HSK band 3) or above. Students who have taken courses mainly in Chinese during their master’s degree studies are exempt from the HSK certificate requirement, provided that they can produce proof of language of instruction used in their master’s degree studies.

 (2) English-medium doctoral programmes

XMU has a team of highly qualified professors, many of whom have obtained doctorates from overseas universities. They are able to instruct international students in English. Currently XMU offers more than 60 doctoral programmes in English.



College ofHumanities

Archaeology, Chinese History, World History, Anthropology

School ofManagement

Accounting, Financial Management,   Enterprise Management,   Management Science and Engineering, Technology Economics and ManagementMarketing

School ofEconomics

Statistics, World Economy, International Trade, Energy Economics

Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics

Western Economics, Finance, Quantitative Economics, Statistics, Labor   Economics,   Regional Economics

School ofLaw

International Law

Intellectual Property Research Institute

Intellectual Property Law

College of Foreign Languages and Cultures

English Language and Literature

School of Physics and Mechanical & Electrical Engineering

Electromechanical Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics, Radio Physics,   Electromagnetic Field   and Microwave Technology

School of Mathematical Sciences

Basic   Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, Probability   & Mathematical   Statistics

College ofChemistry and   Chemical Engineering

Analytical   Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry,   Chemistry and Physics of   Polymers, Applied   Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemical   Technics,   Biochemical Engineering, Industrial Catalysis

College ofMaterials

Materials Physics   and Chemistry

School ofLife Sciences

Zoology, Biochemistry and   Molecular Biology , Hydrobiology,   Cell Biology, Genetics

College ofOcean and Earth Sciences

Physical   Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Chemistry,   Marine Physics, Marine   Geology, Marine Biotechnology

College of Environment and Ecology

Environmental   Science, Environmental Management,   Environmental Engineering, Ecology

School of International Relations

World Economy,   Theory of Political Science, International   Relations, World History

Institute of Education

Higher Education, Educational   Economy and Management

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chemical Biology

Institute of Financial and Accounting Studies

Accounting,   Finance


Doctoral students must earn a minimum of 12 to 14 credit points in order to graduate. Doctoral students taking English-medium programmes can choose English-taught optional courses for postgraduates to fulfill the credit point requirement under the guidance of their supervisors.

English proficiency requirement:

Applicants should present a TOEFL certificate with 80 points or above, or an IELTS certificate with grade 6.0 or above, or other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers and applicants who took courses in English during their master’s degree studies are exempt from this requirement, but a medium-of-instruction certificate should be furnished.

6. Acceptance

Application documents will be forwarded to the relevant college or school for academic review. Admission decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance, overall merits, research achievements and supervisors’ comments. Applicants who are required to attend interviews or take tests will be informed in advance. A list of enrolled students will be submitted to the university authorities for final approval.

The University will publish the admission outcome on the application system of the Admissions Office and send out the Admission Notice a month after the notification. Applicants can log into the online application system ( ) to find out the result of their application and detailed information regarding the delivery of the admission package.

7. Length of programme, duration of study and conferring of degree

· Length of doctoral programmes: 3-4 years;

· Duration of study: 3-7 years;

Students will be conferred a PhD degree and awarded graduation certificate after they have fulfilled the credit point requirement, completed their graduation thesis and successfully defended their thesis within the prescribed time frame.

8. Application fee: RMB 400 (payable upon signing up online; non-refundable)

9. Tuition per academic year in RMB (excluding cost of course materials)

Chinese-medium doctoral programmes

Humanities: RMB 24,000 per year, RMB72,000 intotal.

Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Management, Law and Arts: RMB 32,000 per year, RMB96,000 intotal.

English-medium doctoral programmes

Humanities: RMB 32,000 per year, RMB96,000 intotal;

Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Management, Law and Arts: RMB 42,000 per year, RMB126,000 intotal.

Note: Tuition fees are subject to change without prior notice upon approval by price regulators.

10. Living expenses

(1). Accommodation fee (utility charges not included)

XiamenMain Campus: The overseas student apartment buildings on the Xiamen Main Campus are set in

 picturesque surroundings and enjoy a view of the sea and fresh air. The dorms are equipped with a complete range of amenities, including a telephone, an air-conditioner, cable TV, Internet access points, and a separate bathroom. Doctoral students live in single rooms with the monthly accommodation fee of RMB 1,500.

 Holders of full scholarships or partial scholarships covering accommodation fee will enjoy the priority of

 living in the dorms on the main campus over self-funded students. The on-campus dormitories will be made available to self-funded students when there are vacancies.

Contact information ofXiamenmain campus dormitory buildings:

Nanguang 4# and Nanguang 5#  (Tel: 0086-592-2184905)

CaiQingjieBuilding(Tel: 0086-592-2180501 Fax: 0086-592-2086774)

Xiang’an Campus: Students of the School of Life Sciences,Medical School,School of Pharmaceutical

 Sciences,School of Public Health,College of Ocean and Earth Sciences,College of Environment and

 Ecology,Institute of Energy Research and Overseas Education Collegeare accommodated on Xiang’an campus. The

 student apartments are equipped with a comprehensive range of amenities, with all rooms containing a

 separate bathroom, a telephone, an air conditioner, Internet access points, a water heater, a safe, etc.

 Doctoral students live in single rooms with the accommodation fee of RMB 2,400 per person per year.

Off- Siming Campus accommodation:Living off campus provides greater opportunities to interact with the locals and to learn about the local community and culture. Students can choose to rent off-campus apartments and the monthly rental is around RMB 1,500-2000 per room. When living off-campus, international students

 will enjoy a quiet learning environment.

(2).Living expenses: Around RMB 750 per month.

(3).Student insurance: RMB 600 per year.

11. Scholarships

1)Chinese Government Scholarships:

The Chinese government provides full or partial scholarships to international students. Full scholarships cover tuition, accommodation, food, healthcare and insurance costs. Partial scholarships cover one or several items covered by full scholarships. China Scholarship Council (CSC) is in charge of the recruitment and the management of Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

University Postgraduate Programme Scholarship (full scholarship): International applicants for programmes toward a master’s degree or a PhD can apply directly to XMU Admissions Office.

Sino-US Cultural Exchange Programme Scholarship (full scholarship available till 2013): American applicants for programmes toward a master’s degree or a PhD can apply directly to XMU Admissions Office.

Chinese Government Marine Scholarship (full scholarship): The scholarship is to support outstanding students from coastal/island countries inChina’sSouthSea, the Pacific andIndianOceansor developing African countries to study inChinafor a mater's or doctoral degree in oceanography or other related fields. Applicants who are engaged in fields related to oceanography will be given preference. Applications can be submitted directly to XMU Admissions Office.

4. Chinese Government Scholarships for Specific Countries (full or partial scholarships): Candidates of all categories can apply for this scholarship. They can apply through the educational office of Chinese embassy or consulate in their country between January and April each year.

 Agency No. ofXiamenUniversity: 10384

For more information, please visit the website of XMU Admissions Office at and the CSC website at

2) Confucius China Study Plan-Fellowship for PhD Programmes (full scholarship)

The Plan consists of six subprograms, among which Sino-foreign Joint Ph.D. Subprogram and PhD in China Subprogram were initiated in 2012. Financial support is mainly is provided through the support of specific research and other projects in the designated academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Headquarters will provide each approved candidate with an annual subsidy of up to RMB 200,000. Applications should obtain a recommendation letter from the Confucius Institute in host countries.

More information is available at:

3)Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships for International Students (partial scholarship):

To promote international exchange and cooperation betweenFujianProvinceand the rest of the world, Fujian Provincial Government has set up this scholarship in 2012 to finance international students’ studies inFujianin an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program. The scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation, cost of course materials, etc. Applicants can apply directly to XMU admissions office.

4)Xiamen University Scholarship for New International Students (partial scholarship)

XMU offers scholarships to doctoral, master’s and undergraduate candidates. Scholarship awardees will have their tuitions covered (a maximum of 3-4 years for doctoral programmes, 2-3 years for master's programmes, 4-5 years for undergraduate programmes). Moreover, XMU provides monthly living allowances for outstanding master’s or doctoral candidates in accordance with the standards of Chinese Government Scholarships.


1. Detailed information on scholarships is available at:

2. The awardees' academic performance will be assessed each year and only those achieving the required standard will have their scholarship renewed for the following year.

12. Contact information

 XMU Admissions Office (the enrollment of international students on degree programmes)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2184792 2188375 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2180256

Web: Email:

Address: Admissions Office ofXiamen University,FujianProvince, P. R. China 361005

XMU Overseas Education College(the enrolment of Chinese language students)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2186211 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346

Web: Email:

XMU Overseas Students Affairs Office (International Students Registration and Management)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2183606 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2183663

Web: Email:

 HSK Test –XiamenUniversityTest Centre

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2181012, 2187478 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346

For more information on the HSK test, please visit