SPS's Graduate Program, both at the master's and the doctoral level, takes an interdisciplinary approach combined with rigorous education and research training to prepare students for a promising career in biomedical research and pharmaceutical R&D.
The Learning Objectives of SPS's Graduate Program are:
►Equip students with strong knowledge base and cutting-edge laboratory techniques;
►Strengthen students' critical thinking abilities and problem-solving skills;
►Develop students' scientific communication and professional skills;
►Support and encourage students to develop original and innovative approaches to answer some of the most intriguing scientific questions and solve the most pressing disease challenges in the world.
Interdisciplinary approach is a key feature of SPS's Graduate Program, allowing students to leverage premier academic and research resources both at SPS and at other affiliations of Tsinghua University.
Following their matriculation into the Graduate Program and in addition to their compulsory courses and elective courses at SPS, students also have the opportunity to choose public courses and specialized courses offered by other departments or schools of the University that could reflect their own interests. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to be broadly educated as well as trained in a dynamic environment to catalyze new discoveries and methodologies.
Furthermore, graduate students of SPS are encouraged to interact with faculty members, researchers and their peers in highly collaborative and thought-provoking settings. Starting in their third year, graduate students are required to present their research on a minimum yearly basis to refine their presentation skills, which are fundamental to their final thesis defense.
The Graduate Student Steering Committee consists of key faculty members of SPS to guide students in their study and dissertation work. In general, the Committee serves the following purposes: refining program design and defining academic requirements, including admission, curriculum, thesis proposal, dissertations, and thesis defense as well as providing mentoring and counselling to students throughout the program.
Graduate students of SPS are encouraged, while sometimes required, to participate in a variety of academic and non-academic activities to exchange their insights and new discoveries, improve their presentation and communication skills, and to stimulate scientific discussion and networking among their peers, faculties and industry experts.
Some featured activities include:
►Pharmaceutical Science Lecture Series with Focus on Various Frontiers of Biomedical Research
►SPS Graduate Student Symposium
►SPS Student Academic Workshop
►Round Table with Industry Experts and Investors
In addition, students are also advised to attend selected national and international scientific conferences and some other extra-curricular networking and social activities.
The Graduate Program of SPS aims to attract highly motivated talents who thrive on challenges and innovation. Prospective applicants are expected to demonstrate an exceptional educational background in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences or a related field of study and a strong commitment to research. The Admissions Committee will carefully review each application to the Graduate Program based on the applicant's performance on required tests, either the standard National Graduate Student Entrance Examination or the specific SPS-developed tests, together with the assessment of their application materials and interview results.