The Discipline of Biology in Southeast University was empowered in 2011. Discipline of Genetics in Southeast University could trace back to National Central University Medical School in 1930’s. The Master Degree Program and Ph. D. Program in Geneticsin Southeast University was empowered by the State Council in 1978 and 2001 respectively, in which students now can be trained in the Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Diseases, Ministry of Education, China, and the Provincial Key Medical Laboratory of Gene Diagnosis and Therapy in Jiangsu. More than 100 Alumni obtained their degrees in this discipline, including prominence alumni, academician Huanming Yang and academician Lin He. The faculty members (or Principal Investigators) in this discipline consist of 10 full and associate professors, including one Chair Professor of Cheung Kong Scholars Program, one Chief Principal Investigator of 973 Project and three awardees of National Outstanding Youth Award. Their research interests focus on molecular mechanism of human diseases and new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for the diseases. Since 2001, their research projects have been supported by 3 National Outstanding Young Grants, 40 NSFC grants, 1 NIH R03 grant and 4 grants from the National Basic Research (973) Project.

Training Objectives

The students will enhance their capability of seeking truth from facts, rigorous learning, professional dedication, and the team spirit. The students will grasp the basic theory and fundamental research method of neurobiology. The students will skillfully grasp experimental technology in relation to this discipline, have systematic and thorough expertise, and be capable of conducting independent research in scientific fields. The students graduated with a master degree are competent for the scientific research, science and technology development, and medical college teaching and management.

Research Directions

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Physiology
  • Biophysics

Training Period

Students will spend a total of 36 months in this program and are required to obtain a minimum of thirty credits for graduation. One credit in Master’s Literature Review and two credits in Seminar and Journal Club are mandatory.


Literature Reading

Students enrolled in this division need to read more than 50 literatures on topics related to their research directions, including 40 literatures in foreign languages, and need to prepare a review.

Thesis Writing

In addition to compliance with the provisions of school, thesis must be written in a systematic and complete manner, presenting clear concepts, correct argument, realistic description, concise writing structure, smooth and concise writing style, correct calculation, reliable data, and clear icons.

Thesis Evaluation

Thesis should be written based on students’ own study and research. The findings presented in the thesis should have higher academic value and positive impact on economic development of China. Students are required to conduct at least 1 year research before being eligible for applying for a Master's degree.