Antal Kerpely Doctoral School of Materials Science and Technology
Doctoral students must take a complex exam at the end of the 4th semester.
The date of the exam is designated and made public by the Council of the Doctoral School at least 2 weeks before the exam.
Requirements of registering to the Complex Exam:
In the case of scholarship and correspondence students:
Obtaining 90 credit points consisting of:
- Certified completion of the 4 compulsory and optional subjects;
- 3 research seminar presentations;
- gaining at least 10 credit points from publications.
In the case of individual preparers:
Obtaining 90 credit points, which you can complete by taking the exams prescribed by the Doctoral Council and by publishing
The process of applying for the exam
- Register to „Complex planning” course at the beginning of the actual semester.
- Gaining signature of “Complex planning”, that has the following requirements: submitting in written form the „Research progress report and plan” and oral presentation of it.
- Submitting the filled-out application form with annexes in written form – with signatures –
and electronically at the Dean’s Office before the end of the
study period of the semester. The attachments are:
A. The proof of the 90 credit points is issued by the Dean’s office with the Head of the Doctoral School’s signature;
B. From the Google Scholar print out a list of publications and its references;
C. Supervisor’s recommendation
D. Scientific research progress report and plan
Structure of the Complex Exam
The language of the complex exam is either Hungarian or English.
The exam consists of 2 major parts:
- Theoretical part: the candidate has to take exams in at least 2 subjects related to his/her research field. The subjects/fields of the exams are given in the Training Booklet of the doctoral school.
- Research progress part: The doctoral student presents his scientific research report and plan in a presentation and – before the exam – in writing. The length and form requirements of the written report are approved by the Doctoral School Council.
The exam must be taken in public, in front of a committee of six people. The members of the committee are appointed by the Doctoral Council.
During the exam, a protocol is drawn up, in which the examinee’s work is classified in detail, also from a scientific point of view.
Evaluation of the complex exam
- The result of the exam must be announced on the day of the complex exam.
- The Examination Board evaluates the theoretical and dissertation parts of the exam separately and decides its approve by 1-5 scores.
- The complex exam is successful ifthe candidate reaches at least 60% of both sections.
- The assessment has two stages: pass or fail.
- If the exam fails, the PhD student may take the exam once more at a given time in the current semester.
- In the case of an unsuccessful dissertation exam part, the doctoral student can re-submit an application for a complex exam to be organized later with individual preparation, which, if successful, can enter the second stage of self-funded training.
- In the case of an unsuccessful complex exam, the student’s legal relationship is terminated on the day of the failure or failure of the obligation.