Ph.D. programs

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School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (SLSB) has established the biology and bioengineering, bioinformatics and other disciplines, formed a complete training system from undergraduate to graduate students, Ph.D. al students and postPh.D. al students. Currently SLSB has 65 Ph.D.  Instructors. There are a number of famous scholars with outstanding achievements in life science and technology; some of them are young active academic leaders in various fields. The school has the following two Key Laboratories:State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, Key Laboratory of Genetics of Developmental and Neuropsychiatry Disorder Ministry of Education.



The following are general requirements you should meet to apply to the SJTU International Graduate Program.

►Non-Chinese citizen.

►Not registered in SJTU at the degree level aiming to apply for.

►Good health both physically and mentally.

►Outstanding academic performance and potential.

►Bachelor’s degree or equivalent for master program applicants. The degree must be ready prior to the registration day.

►Master’s degree or equivalent for Ph.D. al program applicants. The degree must be ready prior to the registration day.

►Demonstrated proficiency in Chinese and/or English, for details please refer to Language Requirement for SJTU International Graduate Programs.


Dec 01, 2018: Start of Application

Mar 31, 2019: Deadline for scholarship application

May 31, 2019: Deadline for self-supported application

Sep 7, 2019: Registration


Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Complete and submit an online application at Study@SJTU (, by the application deadline. 

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

The application fee is RMB 800 (approx. USD 120), non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment must be made using RMB or USD. You can choose online payment or bank transfer in the online application system. 


►Degree certificates: Must be the scanned file of your original certificates. Students who have not graduated by the time of application are required to provide an official letter from their current university stating the expected graduation date.

  • Transcripts: Must be the scanned copy of your original transcripts.
  • Language proficiency certificate and score report.
  • A scanned copy of your passport.
  • Passport-size photo.
  • Personal statement and study plan.
  • Information of two recommenders, who should be associate professors or scholars with higher academic titles and know the candidate well enough to provide reliable evaluations.

►Note: If your documents are not in English or Chinese, please have them translated into either English or Chinese by an authorized translation agency. After this please upload both the translated and original documents onto our application system. 


  • Tuition:
  • RMB 45,500/Year for Ph.D. al programs (Approx. USD 6,600/Year)
  • On-campus housing: RMB 50-160/Day (Approx. USD 8-25/Day)



Eligible to apply to the SJTU international graduate program.

Not supported by another scholarship simultaneously.

►Types of Scholarships









Ph.D. al Program



4 Years

112,300 /Year

  • Monthly stipend (4,000/Month)
  • Tuition (45,500/Year)
  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation allowance (1,500/Month).







4 Years


  • Monthly stipend (2,500/Month)
  • Tuition (45,500/Year)
  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation allowance (1,500/Month).



4 Years



  • Tuition (45,500/Year)
  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation allowance (1,500/Month).



4 Years


  • Tuition (45,500/Year)
  • Health insurance




In general, the support duration cannot be extended. All scholarship recipients are obliged to attend the annual comprehensive scholarship assessment during April and/or May of each year to confirm their qualification of the scholarship for the next academic year. Excellent graduate students can also get certain financial support by applying for proper TA or RA positions on campus. For international students admitted in the special graduate programs with Type B/C/D Scholarships in Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Antai College of Economics & Management and USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, China-UK Low Carbon College, the scholarship will cover the standard tuition (28,900/Year for master programs and 45,500/Year for Ph.D. al programs), and students will need to pay the remaining tuition fees other than the standard tuition.

For information about accommodation allowance, please visit Study@SJTU (

►How to Apply



Tel: +86-21-34208238

Contacts: Dawei YANG

Application Website:

      International Affairs Office, Graduate School, 
      Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      Room 331, Chen Ruiqiu Building, 
      No. 800 Dongchuan Rd., Shanghai 200240, China


1. The organization code of SJTU is 10248

2. The GRE Designated Institution Code of SJTU is 2129.

3. The TOEFL Designated Institution Code of SJTU is B902.

4. Information on Insurance

According to the regulations of the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China, all international students who will stay in China for more than 6 months are required to purchase the Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in China. The insurance is one of the required documents for on-site registration, and insurances issued by other agencies are not recognized.

For details on this insurance, please refer to



Ph.D.  students graduated from this subject should be processed of steady theoretical basis of molecular biology, biochemistry and others concerned of biology, practiced experimental skills and fluent speaking ability in English.  Ph.D.  students should be able to design and finish scientific projects and launch academic research independently. Ph.D. students should be senior talent with strong ability to work independently.

Research Topics

Chemical biology of microbial medicine; new theories, methods and application of electrophoresis; advanced separation and analysis technology and its application; microbial genetics; biochemistry and molecular biology; enzyme engineering; skeleton development and diseases; neural biological theories of depression; systems biology study of Xanthomonas quorum-sensing regularization networks; systems biology study of chemical signals interaction between Xanthomonas and plants; medical genetics; human molecular genetics; developmental biology; oncology; developmental genetics of model organism(drosophila); epigenetic regulation of organ tissues development; basic scientific technologies of advanced biological production; basic scientific studies of fully provided biomass; mental and neural disease study on model organism; molecular biology of neural stem cell, learning and memory; marine micro symbiont; functional genes and natural products; chemical biology of natural products; biological catalysis; structure and function of protein; gene expression and regulation; microbial comparative genomics; bioinformatics; signal transmission during cell development in environmental factors; functions of secondary metabolites and regulation in microbiology; function of patrilineal gene effects in embryonic development; biochemistry and molecular biology; marine microbiology; extreme microorganism; microorganism and genetic engineering; crystal structure biology of cancer related proteins; anticancer drug design; stem-cell biology; molecular reproductive biology; microorganism; marine extreme microorganism; natural products of marine microorganism; food and environment microorganism; chemical biology; environmental microbial technology; applied microbial technology; developmental biology; biosecurity; microbial metabolic engineering; bio-separation technology; microbial ecology; intestinal flora and human system biology; molecular bioinformatics and computational chemistry; structure and functions of proteins and nucleic acids; molecular biochemical engineering; applied microorganism and fermentation technology; molecular cardiovascular; model animals of heart diseases; Bioinformatics; Biophysics.

Educational System and Credits

Four years in educational system for full-time Ph.D. students; the total credits should not be less than 17; the study period of partially off-study Ph.D. students could prolong one or two years after applications are permitted.

Interim Assessment

At the end of the third term, a comprehensive examination for Ph.D. al students will be held before the proposal of the dissertation. The comprehensive examination, as a necessary procedure for proposal, could be combined with the opening report; however, these two cannot substitute one for another. The organizer of the exam must be three to five professors who have senior academic titles. The supervisor of the students can participate in the exam but cannot serve as the person in charge.
Opening Report The opening report is placed at the beginning of the third term. The report should expound and prove the scientific basis, purpose, contents of study, expected goals, research methods, conditions of projects, et al. The opening report must be conducted in the public disciplines or related disciplines ‘areas. Three to five experts in related fields are necessary to prove the opening report, organized by the discipline chairman and the tutor. Literature reading quantity of the opening report should not be less than 50 to 100.


One year after the opening report, the interim assessment of dissertation would proceed. Students who gets excellent grade in the assessment could apply the fund of outstanding Ph.D. al dissertation. The interim assessment report of dissertation must be delivered to affiliated discipline in written form. The tutor should make comments on the work of students, especially on task fulfilment, performance of the student and estimation of further work.Three to five teachers are necessary to participate in the evaluation of dissertation in the phrasal sense (excellent, qualified and unqualified). During the dissertation proceeding, Ph.D.  students should make academic reports and report the development of dissertation on the seminar of research topic group once or twice a year according to the plan. The dissertation should contain two parts: the first part is a summary concerned about the project; the second part is the experimental report. The experimental report should be composed by preface, experimental material and methods, results and discussion. Requirements of the dissertation includ: new ideas, advanced methods, reliable data, clear pictures, and deep discussion. The draft of the dissertation should be completed three months before finishing study, and presented to the tutor for reviewing and approving, then judging and answer reply could be organized according to Dissertation Answer Reply and Degree Application Details of Graduated Students’ in Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Publishing Papers

Academic papers published or employed by journals of SCI are necessary before students apply for degree dissertation. The applicant should be the first author of academic papers and the first author affiliation should be Shanghai Jiaotong University. The impact factor should be more than 3.0 for a single paper or the cumulative amount of papers.

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