Outstanding students may be admitted to the direct track towards a Ph.D. degree after successfully passing the screening examination, the purpose of which is to verify the ability and preparedness of students for doctoral degree studies, without submitting a Master’s thesis.
Conditions for applying for the screening examination:
GPA in undergraduate studies of at least 85.
Completion of Master’s degree courses with a GPA of at least 90 (within a period of up to two years from the start of the Master’s program).
Students must have experience in research within the framework of their Master’s studies and have in-depth knowledge in their field.
The screening examination is held on the dates determined by the Teaching Division/track.
Students who intend to transfer to the direct Ph.D. track must notify in writing the head of the Teaching Division/track. Their application to take the screening examination must contain a recommendation from their mentor to the head of the Teaching Division/track.
If the head of the Teaching Division/track finds that the student deserves to apply for the screening examination, he forwards a written recommendation to the head of the Graduate Studies Committee.
The student can take the screening examination after receiving the approval of the head of the Graduate Studies Committee.
Composition of the examination committee
Students must submit a brief summary of their research to the head of the Teaching Division/track. The head of the Teaching Division/track appoints a group of at least three examiners, one of whom serves as head of the examination committee. The mentors cannot be included among their students' examiners. The two examiners who do not serve as head of the examination committee prepare a topic or question about one to three articles. The list of topics is passed on to the students three weeks before the examination. Students are tested on all the topics and articles they received.
Role of the head of the examination committee
The head of the examination committee is responsible for creating a relaxed atmosphere and proper orientation of the discussion, and for the active participation of all the
examiners in the discussion.
Structure of the examination
The duration of the examination is one hour.
In the first part (about 10 to 15 minutes), the students present the research projects that they carried out or participated in during their laboratory rotation. In the second part, students are tested on their knowledge and understanding of the articles.