The qualifying examination is typically held halfway through the PhD study programme. The exam concludes Part A of the PhD study programme, and must be passed in order to continue on Part B of the programme.
Through a progress report and an oral examination, the PhD student must demonstrate solid progress on the research project, present an ambitious and realistic plan for Part B of the PhD study programme and show an ability to communicate scientific work.
Furthermore, the qualifying examination serves the following purposes:
Below you can find more info on the typical questions related to the qualifying exam.