PhD Programs Overview

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Chinese-Language PhD Program, please see here.


Scholarship Information for English-Language PhD Program

RIEL’s English-language PhD program is supported by a University scholarship. For more information on the scholarship, please see here.


English-Language PhD Program (in Environmental Law and Policy)

Study Year: The University’s academic year is divided into two terms. The first term runs from September to January, and the second from February to July. The PhD program starts in the first term. The program is generally completed within three years. It is not to exceed six years. (Please note that the PhD scholarship itself runs for three years, and it may exceptionally be extended up to a total of four years only.)

 

Credits: For the PhD degree, students are required to earn 8 credit points from taught courses, as shown in the table below. All 8 credit points are normally earned within the first two years of study.

 

Course Title

Credits

Semester

Class hours

MANDATORY FOR ALL ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PHD STUDENTS

International Environmental Law

1

1

18

Research Methodology

1

1

18

Legal Thesis Writing

1

1

N/A

Chinese Environmental Law

1

2

18

MINIMUM OF 4 CREDIT POINTS FROM THE FOLLOWING SET

Asia-Pacific Environmental Law

1

1

18

Comparative Environmental Law

1

2

18

Heritage Law

1

2

18

Climate and Energy Law

2

2

36

Advanced Seminar: Biodiversity Protection

1

1 or 2

18

Advanced Seminar: Special Topic

1

1 or 2

18

 

Admission Requirements: Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens, under the age of 45, and must have attained a Master’s degree or have equivalent work experience. For the online application process and the required documentation and fees, see here.


PhD Thesis and Defence: A written thesis must be submitted. The writing of the thesis is supervised by a qualified PhD supervisor at Wuhan University. A thesis proposal must be submitted at least one year prior to the thesis defence. A committee will review the proposal to determine whether the topic is appropriate and feasible. The PhD thesis will be assessed by specially appointed assessors. Upon a positive assessment, the thesis must be defended before a doctoral colloquium at Wuhan University.


Publication Requirement: Two articles in refereed journals, with one of these articles in a journal indexed under SSCI (or a journal of equal quality).


Doctoral Supervisors:

 

    Professor Ben Boer

    Professor Du Qun

    Professor Ke Jian

    Professor Qin Tianbao

    Professor Alexander Zahar


All Inquiries:


    Professor Alexander Zahar

    email: zahar.edu@gmail.com

   Tel. +86 15927 659259