Department of Forensic Medicine



Courses   Classified Course Name Courses Nature Hrs/Crs
Basic Courses in General   Discipline Introduction to   Life Sciences Required 16/1.0
Cytobiology Required 64/4.0
Systemic   anatomy Required 96/6.0
Histology   and embryology Required 80/5.0
Physiology Required 96/6.0
Functional   experiments Required 32/2.0
Regional   anatomy Required 72/4.5
Biochemistry   and molecular biology Required 120/7.5
Pathogenic   biology Required 128/8.0
Medical   immunology Required 48/3.0
Pathology Required 104/6.5
Pathophysiology Required 56/3.5
Pharmacology Required 80/5.0
Medical   genetics Required 32/2.0
Functional   experiments Required 64/4.0
Basic Courses in specialty Introduction to   medicine Required 24/1.5
Medical   English basic Required 32/2.0
Medical   Latin Required 16/1.0
Preventive   medicine Required 72/4.5
Medical   psychology Required 24/1.5
Physical   diagnostics Required 80/5.0
Medical   ethnics Required 32/2.0
Experimental   diagnostics Required 40/2.5
Medical   imaging Required 32/2.0
Fundamentals   of operation Required 32/2.0
Nuclear   medicine Required 32/2.0
Evidence   medicine Required 24/1.5
Common Core Courses in Specialty Internal   Medicine Required 192/12
Surgery Required 192/12
Gynecology   and obstetrics Required 96/6.0
Pediatrics Required 96/6.0
Ophthalmology Required 24/1.5
Otolaryngology Required 24/1.5
Dermatology   and venereology Required 24/1.5
Epidemiology Required 32/2.0
Neurology   and Psychiatry Required 32/2.0
Traditional   Chinese medicine (include   acupuncture) Required 56/3.5
Forensic   pathology Required 120/7.5
Forensic   biology Required 120/7.5
Clinical   forensic medicine Required 80/5.0
Forensic   toxicology Required 48/3.0
Forensic   toxicological analysis Required 48/3.0
Forensic   psychiatry Required 48/3.0
Forensic   sciences and technology Required 32/2.0
Forensic   jurisprudence Required 16/1.0
Official   basic knowledge Required 16/1.0
Internship and Practical   Training Military   training Required 2w/2
Admission   education Required 1w/1
Graduate   education Required 1w/1
Graduate   examination Required 1w/1
Internal   medicine practice Required 6w/6
Surgery   Practice Required 6w/6
Gynecology   and obstetrics practice Required 4w/4
Pediatric   practice Required 2w/2
Ophthalmology   practice Required 2w/2
Practice   of medical imaging Required 2w/2
practice   in E. N. T. department Required 2w/2
Psychiatry   practice Required 2w/2
Graduate   practice Required 16w/16

Educational Plan for Academic Degree Postgraduate

Specialty:   Forensic Medicine     

Specialty code:   100105        

I. Objectives

a. Having the correct worldviews, philosophy of life, discipline, good moral character as well as physical and mental health for construction of socialist economy and legislation.  

b. Mastering the basic theories and systematic professional knowledge. Grasping one foreign language, professional reading and writing skills.

c. Having rigorous and realistic spirits, and scientism. Understanding new developments, technologies and trends in the field of research with the ability of scientific research and forensic expertise work.

II. Research Fields

1. Forensic Pathology                                2. Forensic Toxicology

3. Clinical Forensic Medicine                    4. Forensic Genetics

5. Forensic Psychiatry                                6. Forensic Toxicology Analysis

III. Program Duration

    The duration of full-time academic post-graduate students is 3 years.

IV. Credit Requirement and Allocation

Total credits 36 (Degree Courses Credits ≥24; Research Courses Credits ≥ 12)

V. Course Curriculum and Credits Allotment

VI. Specific Requirement for Forensic Postgraduate Education

Emphatically fostering the postgraduates’ ability of independent work, scientific research and forensic expertise work through different learning mode including mentoring, team and individual learning, and combination among theoretical learning, forensic practice and scientific research.

1.Finishing all the required courses; earning all the required credits; passing all the exams.

2.Participating in academic activities and forensic work in department of Forensic medicine; improving personal skills and practical abilities; Completing identification of generally forensic cases independently (at least 15 cases before graduation); The seniors are not required to perform forensic case work.

3.Basic courses of forensic medicine, which are usually finished during the undergraduate years, are required for postgraduates without professional knowledge of forensic medicine. The detailed requirements are described below:

(1) The tutors have the right to decide whether the postgraduates, who majored forensic medicine at other universities during undergraduate years, take supplementary courses.

(2) The postgraduates, who majored medicine but not forensic medicine at other universities during undergraduate years, are required to take field-related courses of forensic medicine (ie. all courses at sections of the department of forensic medicine ). The tutors have the right to decide whether the postgraduates take other supplementary courses.

(3) The postgraduates with non-medical major are required to take all the basic courses of forensic medicine.

Examination format of supplementary courses is the same as the one for undergraduates, and the results of exam are obtained according to undergraduate education administration management.  

4.The postgraduates are asked to perform literature review and thesis topic selection with the guidance of their tutors after one month at the beginning of the second semester, and finish the Dissertation Proposal of Master’s Degree at the end of the second semester or within one month after the beginning of the third semester.

5.Implementing the mid-term examination system, a comprehensive assessment is carried out based on the result of exam and progress of research project at the end of the fourth semester.  

6.According to the rules and regulations of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), and department of forensic medicine,  dissertation defense is permitted and Master Degree is awarded.

7.Implementing three-level management policy including graduate school at HUST, graduate office and sections at the department of forensic medicine; being concerned with postgraduate thinking, learning, work and life during the university personal training process; regularly understanding the process of postgraduate research project, finding out the problems and solving them in time; Annual assessment is carried out at the end of the second and fourth semesters.

Educational Plan for Academic PhD Postgraduate

Specialty:   Forensic Medicine      

Specialty code:   100105            

I. Objectives

a. Possess sound professional ethics, strict, diligent, pragmatic and innovative scientific attitude, and possess the ability to undertake independent scientific research;

b. Have a solid theory foundation and systematic and in-depth professional knowledge;

c. Make innovative achievements in the specialty field or expertise.

Ⅱ.Main Reserch Fields

 1. Forensic Pathology                             2. Forensic Toxicology

 3. Forensic Genetics                               4. Clinical Forensic Medicine

 5. Forensic Molecular Biology              6. Forensic Toxicology Analysis

. Education Duration

The normative time for full-time PhD students is 3 years. The duration for MD-PhD students is 5 years.

IV. Credits Requirement

Credits for common PhD students with Master degree 29. Credits for MD-PHD and direct PHD students 53.

Remark: Education plan for students with an equivalent education level is in accordance with the education plan for MD-PhD and direct PhD students. Courses exemption will be granted upon finding conformity with the course exemption provision.  

V. Courses and Credits Allotment

Remark: please mark the advanced international courses after the course name.

VI. Specific Requirements for PhD Candidate Education

1. Training Mode

(1) Combine the theory study and research, tutors are in charge of collective training to guide the way of combining teaching and research section, the compulsory courses and elective courses designated and research direction with the graduate students.

(2) The tutor and guide team are in charge of the source and significance of the topic, literature review of the research at home and abroad regarding the topic, the research content, planned research method and technical skills, the anticipated innovative achievements in theoretical and practical aspects, anticipated results and paper writing. In the process of training both to clear the role of mentor, and to give full play to the graduate student's subjective initiative, pay attention to graduate student self-study ability, independent working ability and innovation ability.

(3) Combine the advantage of my department of international cooperation, joint training with foreign experts.

2.Restriction of Cross1st-level discipline courses

(1) Cross 1st-level discipline courses refer to the other postgraduate courses in the same level. Students are required to attend class and take the examination of the course.

(2) Cross 1st-level discipline courses selected should be different from the courses completed in the postgraduate phase.

3. Teaching practice and academic activities

(1) PhD courses need about half a year. Guarantee 2 years for scientific research, require innovation of scientific research results, write a series of papers this major international authoritative publication requirements.

(2) According to the research orientation of research subject in the teaching and research section summarizes special reports, abstract report, report and research papers at least more than 2 times, and carrying out academic exchange in academic conference at or above the provincial level.

(3) Forensic case work and scientific research and academic activities strengthen their own ability training, improve the practical ability and can independently accomplish the complex cases inspection appraisal work, at least do the actual work in more than 20 cases. The students may not attend the test case work graduate class.

4. Academic dissertation

(1) PhD candidates should be under the guidance of tutor clear research direction and combine with the key research direction in the area, study the frontier or domestic urgently needs to solve an important problem, and has the domestic advanced level with international on this subject research level.

(2) PhD candidates should draw up project implementation plan, prepare the experiment and modify research proposals. Ordinary PhD candidates or MD-PhD should perform their open reports in teaching and research section within the first month in the second or third, fourth or fifth semester separately. Research progress reports to supervisor or steering group on a regular basis are used to listen to the questions and suggestions, so as to modify research plan in time and added.

(3) Dissertation interim report

PhD candidates are supposed to report to the instruction group or experts the research results of the degree dissertation, and listen to advice and make revision. The dissertation shall not be started before acceptance of the innovative achievements of the research.

5. Application for doctoral dissertation defense and qualification review

The supervisor or the instruction group conducts doctoral dissertation qualification review.

Basic requirements of dissertation defense application:

(1) get all the required credits;

(2) complete the dissertation proposal;

(3) complete the dissertation interim report;

(4) publish the required number of papers in journals;

(5) complete the dissertation writing;

(6) pass the experts review both inside or outside the university.

6. Degree awarding

Doctor's degree will be conferred after the paper published according to the rules.

7. Organization management

We implement the classification management responsibility system. Graduate student office will be entirely responsible for the daily management of graduate students, including all kinds of scholarship evaluation and etc. Tutors and guide team should guide the graduate student's learning, scientific research and teaching work, at the same time, in such aspects as scientific attitude, professional spirit put forward specific requirements. Graduate students should report their study, work and thought to the supervisor every month. Annual appraisal will be performed at the end of the second and fourth semesters.


Project name.

Project leader

Project execution period

Approved amount

A study on the diagnosis of death by drowning by analysing 16S rDNA of cyanobacteria and diatom

Huang Daixin



Study on correlation between DNA methylation and aging

Huang Daixin



The study of EphrinB2/EphB4 bidirectional signal transduction system on the uterine natural killer cells and pregnancy

Dong Hongmei



The study of integrin-cytosketon signal transduction in diffuse axonal injury

Dong Hongmei



Study on the Cytotoxic Effects and Molecular Mechanisms of Ethanol-Aconitine on Cultured Neonatal Rat's Ventricularmyocytes

Liu Qian



The effects and potential mechanisms of MicroRNA in hippocampus on learning and memory in rats after traumatic brain injury

Liu Zilong



Searching for Genes related to sudden unexplained cardiac death and its application in forensic medicine

Zhu Shaohua



Forensic study of human tissue - specific DNA methylation markers

Yi Shaohua



A study of molecular biomarks of diffuse axonal injury

Zhou Yiwu



The study of calcium regualtion proteins and neclear factor-kB in

intracellular calcium dyshomeostasis in cultured cardiomyocytes of neonatal rat

Liu Liang



Forensic study of microRNA-based individual discrimination of monozygotic twins

Huang Daixin



Study on the mutation rates of Y chromosomal STRs and SNPs and their application in forensic science

Wei Wei



The role of mechanosensitive TRP channel on the neuron affected by shear force and its application in forensic identification of DAI

Dong Hongmei



Pilot study on the pathways concerning NO related oxidative stress responses in methcathinone-induced neurotoxicity potential

Liang Man



Moleclular mechansims underlying autistic disorders caused by GIGYF1 and GIGYF2 mutations

Xiong Bo



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