Program for Master graduates

The Department awards two kinds of Masters Degree for Electrical Engineering, i.e. research-oriented and professional-oriented.

Research-oriented Masters Program

The goal of the research-oriented masters program is to make students gain the abilities necessary for scientific research. These are useful for pursuing a Ph.D. degree or engaging in research work in research institutes.
The key steps for a research-oriented masters program at the Department of Electrical Engineering are illustrated in Fig. 2.10. It will take two to three years to accomplish all the steps. Among them, the topic selection report and the defense are of great importance. The advisor of the student takes fully responsible for course selection and other thesis related activities.

24 credits are required for the degree courses of research-oriented master students. The distribution of the credits is illustrated in Fig. 2.11. The electrical engineering specialized courses offered by the Department are displayed by Fig. 2.12, where courses are divided into four groups, i.e. general purpose, power systems, high voltage, and electric machinery and power electronics, so that advisors and students could make choices according to the research topics .
The syllabuses of the graduate courses are presented in the Supplementary Material.


Before May of the 1st academic year, students should complete and present a topic selection report to the committee composed by faculties in the related research fields. The committee will then determine whether the students have sufficient knowledge, skills, and ability to undertake the topics. Students have another opportunity in six months if they fail.

Six month later, the same committee will inspect the progress of the scheduled research plan and give appropriate comments and suggestions. Students who fail in the mid-term inspection need to retake it three months later.

Before the final defense, research-oriented master candidates should publish at least one paper related to his/her research topic in journals or at important conferences. The Committee of the Final Defense should include at least one degree member of Degree Committee. Students who failed in the mid-term inspection need to take it in six months.
In addition to the above requirements, master students should publically report, at least twice, their research progresses in related fields and attend at least 10 academic lectures.

Professional-oriented Masters Program

The goal of the professional-oriented masters program is to make students gain the abilities necessary for understanding various technology or management tasks, which might be the advanced requirements in large power engineering companies or research institutes.

The key steps and the credits requirements for the professional-oriented masters program at the Department of Electrical Engineering are similar to that of the research-oriented master program. Five years is the longest allowed period for this program.

The main difference between these two programs lies in the advisory type and topic selection.

Two advisors are required for professional-oriented master students, i.e. one from the Department of Electrical Engineering and the other from high level technology or management staff of the power engineering industry. The industrial advisor pays attention to the engineering practicality of the topic whilst the departmental advisors take responsible for the academics content. Both advisors are required to participate in the topic selection report, mid-term inspection, and final defenses.

The topics for professional-oriented master degree could be selected from engineering design, development of new products, technology improvements, studying the imported advanced technology from abroad, etc.

 
The titles of Master dissertations during the evaluation period are presented in the Supplementary Material.