Qualifying Examination

 

According to the Current Regulations (valid from 24/01/2014 and also valid for students who opted for the new Program regulations, issued by Resolution CoPGr-6.674):

The PhD program requires passing a Qualifying Exam. Registrations for this exam must be submitted before the deadline established by the Program. The exam must be taken prior to 60 days after submission of requests for qualifying.

According to item V of the ­­article 52, the graduate program student who does not take the exam before the course deadline will have his/her enrollment terminated.

The Examination Committee must be composed of three members, with their titles being at least a PhD.

 

PhD Program

1. PhD students must register to undertake the qualifying exam before an 18 months period has transpired since enrollment in the program. Registrations must be submitted in a specific form, signed by the student’s supervisor.

2. The objective of a PhD Qualifying Examination is to evaluate the applicant’s capability to independently develop a thesis project in a research area;

3. The exam will consist of two written tests, with a maximum duration of 4(four) hours each, followed by an oral examination with a maximum duration of 60 minutes.

4. The written test and oral evaluation content will dwell on 3 fundamental subjects chosen by the supervisor, with CCP endorsement, in accordance to item XVII.4 of the regulations.

5. The Examination Committee will be composed of three PhD members, at least two of them being Supervisors of the Astronomy Program;

6. The CCP will appoint the head of the Examination Committee obeying the existent hierarchy among its members whenever possible;

 

The supervisor must not take part in the Examination Committee.

 

PhD with Direct Entry

1. The PhD with Direct Entry students must register to undertake the qualifying examination before a 24-month period has transpired since enrollment in the program. Registrations must be submitted in a specific form, signed by the student’s supervisor.

 

2. The objective of the qualifying examination for PhD with Direct Entry students is the same as the PhD examination and will follow the same norms.

 

Students who failed the exam may repeat it once, registering no later than 6 months after the first exam. After registration, the student will have a 60-day period to take the test. If a passing grade is not achieved, the student will be terminated from the graduate program and will receive a certificate of subjects completed.


Regulations (valid until 23/01/2014 and also valid for students who opted for the former Program regulations):

 

The Qualifying Examination will be required only for PhD Programs.


The exam’s objective is to evaluate the student’s maturity when dealing with concepts related to the research area, showing not only knowledge, but also capacity and independence to conduct an original research work.


The exam will comprise oral and written tests about fundamental subjects, in accordance to the thesis research area.


PhD applicants have a maximum deadline of 12 (twelve) months from the beginning of the course to register for the exam. Subject credits are not required.


The examination must be taken before 120 (one hundred and twenty) days have transpired since registrations.


In the event of failing the test, students must undertake a new exam, at the limit of 180 days after the first.



Oral and written tests

The exam will comprise oral and written tests about fundamental subjects, in accordance to the thesis research sub-area:

 

Astrophysics research sub-area - all of the subjects below:

 

AGA 5713 “Stellar Evolution”

AGA 5731 “Radiative Processes”

AGA 5802 “Observational Astrophysics”

AGA 5716 “Extragalactic Astronomy”

 

Solar System Dynamics and Fundamental Astronomy research sub-area - three of the five subjects below:

 

AGA 5702 “Planetary Theory”

AGA 5704 “Astrometry”

AGA 5720 “Disturbances Theory I”

AGA 5802 “Observational Astrophysics”