Doctoral students

Prospectus for Doctoral's Programmes 2012

Date: 2012-01-06 Views:89

XiamenUniversitywas founded in 1921 by the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader Tan Kah Kee, the first university inChinato be founded by an overseas Chinese. It is a key comprehensive university directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education ofChina, a first-class university with extensive international influence and is ranked in the top 20 of the over 2,000 universities and colleges inChina. The University is located in southeastChina, lying between wooded hills and the sea, and well known for its garden-like campus inChina.

XiamenUniversityhas a strong team of academic and research staff, making it possible to provide a full range of educational programmes. The University is forging ahead towards its goal of building a high-level university well-known both at home and abroad, and warmly welcomes international students to study in its beautiful campuses!

▲ Ten Reasons to Study at Xiamen University

1. Eligibility

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

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

2. Application time: Feb. 1- July 1, 2012

3. Application procedures

(1). Online application

Applicants should first make online application at .

▲ Online application is compulsory for successful application. The office will not deal with the application materials if applicants don't finish the online application.

(2). Submission of application documents

Applicants should send by post the application form generated automatically after online application and other required application documents to the Admissions Office by July 1, 2012. The office will not deal with application documents which arrive after the deadline.

(Contact Information: Admissions Office ofXiamen University,FujianProvince,China361005; Tel: +86-0592-2184792)

★ Application procedure chart

4. Application documents

Applicants must provide copy of the following materials completed truly and correctly :

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

(2). Copy of master's degree. Applicants who are currently studying at university should provide study certificate. Certificate in languages other than Chinese or English must have notarized translation into Chinese or English attached.

Note: Applicants with study certificate should submit notarized copy of master's degree to the Admissions Office before registration time, otherwise will automatically have their enrollment qualification withdrawn.

(3). Academic transcripts during master's study. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must have notarized translations into Chinese or English attached.

(4). Study or research plan (minimum 1,200 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 to download ) completed in Chinese or English. (Please keep the original. )

(9). Statement of Financial Support (click to download). The applicants must have sufficient funds to cover all tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses.

Note: Please submit all the required materials. The office will not deal with an incomplete set of application documents. Application documents above will not return to applicants whether they are admitted or not.

5. Academic programmes

(1). Chinese-medium doctoral programmes

Most doctoral programmes at XMU are taught in Chinese. 

Chinese proficiency requirement

Applicants for humanities, economics, management, law and arts need to have Chinese proficiency of new HSK level 5(or HSK level 6) or above; Applicants for sciences should have new HSK level 4 (or HSK level 3) or above. Students whose courses are mainly taught in Chinese during master's study are exempt from this requirement but a medium of instruction certificate should be attached.

(2). English-medium doctoral programmes

The university has a team of highly-qualified staff, among whom many have obtained their doctorates from overseas universities and are well competent to guide international students in English. In 2012, the University offers 65 English-medium doctoral programmes .



College ofHumanities

Archaeology & Museology, Specialized History, Modern and Contemporary Chinese History, World History, Anthropology

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 ofManagement

Accounting, Enterprise Management, Marketing, Management Science and Engineering, Technology Economics and Management  Finance

School ofLaw

International Law

Intellectual Property Research Institute

Intellectual Property Law

College of Foreign Languages and Cultures

English Language and Literature

School ofPhysics 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 ofOceanography and Earth Sciences

Physical Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Chemistry, Marine Physics, Marine Geology, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Marine Biotechnology

College ofEnvironment and Ecology

Environmental Science, Environmental ManagementEnvironmental Engineering, Ecology

School ofInternational Relations

World Economy, Theory of Political Science, Specialized History

Institute ofEducation

Higher Education, Educational Economy and Management

School ofPharmaceutical Sciences

Chemical Biology

Institute of Financial and Accounting Studies

Accounting, Finance

Note: Doctoral students should complete a minimum of 12 to 14 credits for graduation. Doctoral students taking English-medium programmes have access to English-taught optional courses for postgraduates.

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 approved test. Native English speakers and applicants whose courses during master's study are taught in English are exempt from this requirement, but a medium of instruction certificate should be attached.

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

· Length of doctoral programmes: 3-4 years;

· Duration of study: 3-7 years;

· Conferring of degree: Students will be conferred doctoral degree and awarded graduation certificate after they fulfill the credit requirements and complete graduation thesis in the stipulated length.

7. Acceptance

Application documents will be forwarded to relevant colleges or schools for final academic review. Admission decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance and overall quality. Applicants who need to attend interviews or take tests will be informed in advance.

The University will send out the Admission Notice within one month after the announcement of the admission result. Applicants can log into the online application system ( ) to find out the result and detailed information regarding the sending of the admission package.

Commencement of the programme: Mid-Sept. 2012. Please see the Admission Notice for the latest information.

8. Application fee : 400 RMB (submit during online application and will not be refunded)

9. Tuition fee

▲ Chinese-medium doctoral programmes

Humanities: 24,000 RMB/year, 72,000 RMB in total

Sciences, Economics, Management, Law, Arts: 32,000RMB/ year, 96,000RMB in total.

▲ English-medium doctoral programmes

Humanities: 32,000 RMB/year, 96,000 RMB in total;

Sciences, Economics, Management, Law, Arts: 42,000RMB/ year, 126,000RMB in total.

10. Living expenses

(1). Accommodation fee (excluding electricity and water charges)

① On-campus accommodation:

Students fromSchoolofLife Sciences,MedicalCollege,SchoolofPharmaceutical Science,SchoolofPublic Health,CollegeofOceanand Earth Science, College of the Environment and Ecology,InstituteofEnergyare accommodated on Xiang'an campus. Doctoral students live in single rooms with the accommodation fee of 2,400 RMB per capita per year.

Students of other colleges are accommodated in overseas student apartments onXiamencampus. Doctoral students live in single rooms and the monthly accommodation fee is 1,500 RMB per person. The apartments are set in picturesque surroundings and enjoy sea views and fresh sea air. Every room is fully-equipped with modern facilities, including separate bathroom, telephone, air conditioner, Internet access point, water heater and safe.

Contact information ofXiamencampus dormitory buildings:

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

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

② . Off-campus accommodation: Students can choose to rent off-campus apartments and the monthly rental fee is around 1,500 RMB per room.

(2).Living expenses: Around 800-1, 000 RMB/month.

11. Scholarships

(1) Chinese Government Scholarship

Applicants shall apply to Chinese diplomatic missions or dispatching authorities between January and April every year. Applicants may refer to the above authorities for application deadlines.

★ Agency No. ofXiamenUniversity: 10384

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(2) University Postgraduate Study Programme

University Postgraduate Study Programme is enrolled directly by some ofChina's key universities.XiamenUniversityrecruits international students from all over the world under this scholarship. There are 45 openings for this scholarship, including 41 for those who have obtained their last degree outsideChinaand 4 for those who have obtained their last degree inChina.

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(3) Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship

This program was launched by the Ministry of Education in 2011 and plans to finance American students for degrees studies. The scholarship provides full funds for master's or doctoral candidates fromAmericaadmitted by the Chinese universities under the program.

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(4)XiamenUniversityScholarship for New International Students

The University offers scholarships for excellent degree-study applicants The recipients will have their tuition fees covered, up to a maximum of 3 years for a doctoral candidate, 2 -3 years for a Master's degree candidate and 4-5 years for a Bachelor's degree candidate. Meanwhile, the University is going to provide living allowances for excellent postgraduate candidates. The recipients' academic performance will be assessed each year and only those achieving the required standard will have their scholarship renewed for the following year.

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12. Contact information

★ Admissions Office (International Students Enrollment)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2184792 2188888 Fax: +86 (0) 592 2180256

Web: Email:

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

★ OverseasEducationCollege(Chinese Language Study Enrollment)

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

Web: Email:

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

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

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★ HSK Test –XiamenUniversityTest Centre

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