As the software industry becomes a pillar industry in national economy, the discipline of Software Engineering becomes one of the fast developing disciplines in Information Technology. The development in this field has a wind-range, multidimensional, multilayer and interdisciplinary architecture. The knowledge in this field includes software requirement, software design, software test, software maintenance, software configuration management, software project management, software quality, software security and software ethics and laws. It is also connected with various disciplines such as system engineering, domain engineering, digital technology, system management and support, network and information security, embedded system and marketing.
The cultivation objectives focus on fundamental software theory. Complying with development of software technology and demand of software industry and following international software development mode, master degree graduates of the discipline are research-oriented talents with solid knowledge of software engineering theory, software development technology and software development process.
Masters of the discipline are expected to be familiar with advanced programming technologies, mainstream operating system and software development platforms. On graduation, they should be qualified for system analysis, design and programming by following international software development mode and standards. They should also have basic knowledge of project management and be capable of using modern software technology and tools. They should also be competent in scientific researches related to the fields of software engineering, system and software design, development and management.
Masters of the discipline are also expected to have a basic knowledge of Chinese history and culture, and be capable of reading Chinese scientific literatures in simple Chinese and communicating with basic skills in Chinese language.
1. Software Theory and Technology
2. Network Security Technology
3. Network Technology and Network Engineering
4. Embedded Software Technology and Application
5. Cloud Computing Software Technology
The duration set for master candidates is 2-4 years full-time. An extension can be applied for by those who cannot finish their courses in time owing to objective causes, yet altogether 4 years is the last due.
4. Progression and Requirements
The minimum sum total credits for international students of master candidates are 26. Master candidates should complete the course work of no less than a total of 24 credits (out of which at least 15 credits should be acquired from degree courses), compulsory sections of no less than 2 credits, complete the thesis (or a research report) independently, and pass the degree thesis defense.
The supervisor responsibility mechanism is adopted in the education for international master candidates. The supervisor is responsible for the student’s making of personal study plan, the choice of courses, and the completion of the research report or the degree thesis. The personal study plan cannot be changed without permission of the supervisor.
During the course work, according to specifications by the discipline, the student is to pass examinations held for the degree courses and examinations or assessments held for the other optional courses. Of all the degree courses, common core courses are compulsory; at least one in core courses should be taken. Master candidates are allowed to choose 1~2 inter-disciplinary core courses as their degree courses under supervisors’ guidance. Degree courses can be taken to substitute non-degree courses, but not vice versa. International students of Chinese language abilities can apply to take courses given in Chinese to local full-time graduate students and acquire corresponding credits if pass.
Those who fail to meet the requirements as described above can fill up the gap by repetition or make-up in the limit of one year. Those who fail to meet the credit requirements even till the end of the due time are to be terminated.
A Survey of China
Stochastic Processes and Applications
at least 1from3
Disciplinary Core Courses
Theory and technology of network security△
Software Architecture model and Design△
Embedded System and Application△
Disciplinary Optional Courses
New Theory and Practice of Database△
Data Analysis and Data Mining△
Object-oriented Systems Analysis and Design
Android System Strcuture &application（CMMI）
Chinese Reading &Writing
Inter-disciplinary Optional Courses
(no less than 5 times)
Elective Competence Development Courses
Directions: 1.All courses, except for the Chinese ones specified by the requirements, are totally given in English.
2.△ means which can be selected by both Masters and Ph.Ds.
6. Compulsory Sections
The compulsory sections for international students of master candidates include two parts, a candidate is required to complete the following aspects:
1) Elective Competence Development Courses: through introducing the academic cutting edge knowledge, culture and arts, etc, such courses are given to improve the master candidates’ comprehensive competence. A candidate should take at least one course and get one credit after assessment.
2) Academic Activities: to enliven academic atmosphere and to further and broaden master candidates’ scope of knowledge, one should attend at least five academic lectures within and out of UESTC, and fill in the Academic Activities Registration Form and get the official stamp upon attendance. One credit can be granted to the candidate when he/she succeeds in completing the above procedures.
7. Degree Thesis (or Research Report)
1) General requirements
The degree thesis or research report should be of theoretical or practical values to some extent, which indicates the author has a grasp of the fundamental theories and specialized knowledge in his/her discipline and is capable of further scientific researches and empowered with the ability to apply his/her theories and knowledge comprehensively into practical problems. The research report should be of investigations on certain topics, engineering designs or case studies.
2) Degree thesis (or research report) job
To fulfill graduation requirements, a student working for master degree should write a thesis (or research report) on a research topic selected under the guidance of his/her academic supervisor.
A. Research proposal
a. Schedule. Research proposal presentation should be scheduled no later than the end of the third semester. Topic of the proposal should be carefully chosen on the basis of a comprehensive literature review.
b. Form. The proposal should be presented in public at a meeting of the research team with an attendance of a panel of at least three associate professors in the field of study or in the related field of study, who are obliged to evaluate the proposal.
c. Submission. Contents of the proposal are specified in the “Proposal Form”. The student should fill in the form immediately after the proposal presentation meeting and submit it to the graduate office of his/her school for conservation and later inspection.
d. If the first version of a proposal is not qualified, the student should write a new version and submit it three months later. If the second version is still unqualified, the student should quit from the master program.
e. If the student needs to change the topic of his/her thesis (or research report) with justified reasons, he/she should present and submit a new proposal in accordance with the above requirements.
f. In principle, the student cannot apply for graduation thesis defense until one year after his/her submission of a qualified proposal on his/her thesis (or research report).
B. Thesis (or research report) writing
The thesis (or research report) can be written in either Chinese or English. The abstracts (about 800 words long) should be written in both languages. For detailed requirements, please refer to UESTC Format and Specification Manual for Postgraduate Thesis Writing.
3) As for problems regarding the degree thesis defense, from its application, evaluation and holding to the final award of the degree, all shall refer to UESTC Regulations for Postgraduate Degree Conferring.