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5.1. Comprehensive exam (procedures established on the basis of the Rules of the DSBM)

 

(1) Registration for the comprehensive exam is subject to:

a)         Meeting the foreign language requirements

In accordance with the provisions of the University Doctoral Regulations (UDR). For the comprehensive exam at least one intermediate "B2”level complex language examination recognized by the state or equivalent in one of the world languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese) is required. For foreign students besides the mother tongue at least one intermediate “B2” level complex language examination recognized by the state or equivalent is required. The required documents, certificates, or their copies shall be attached to the registration form for the comprehensive exam (and shall constitute its annexes).

b)         Obtaining not less than 120 credits in the education and research phase of the doctoral program (except for students who prepare individually for obtaining the doctoral degree, whose student status is established by reporting to the comprehensive examination and the acceptance thereof).

The certificate on the acquisition of 120 credits is issued by the University Doctoral Office. This document shall be annexed to the registration form for the comprehensive exam.

c)         entering the students’ publications in the MTMT Database and the approval thereof.

The General Table downloaded from the MTMT as well as the bibliographical data registered in MTMT (together with the approval clause) shall be annexed to the registration form for the comprehensive exam (and shall constitute its annexes).

(2) The comprehensive exam is divided into two main sections: in the first part, the theoretical and methodological preparedness of the doctoral student is assessed ("theoretical part") and, in the second part, the doctoral student demonstrates his or her scientific progress ("dissertation part").

(3) The comprehensive exam must be taken publicly before a committee. The comprehensive examining committee consists of not less than five and not more than six members, and at least one third of the members is not employed by the institution operating the doctoral school.

The comprehensive examining committee is approved by the Council of the Doctoral School at the proposal of the Head of the Doctoral School no later than on the 60th day prior to the first day of the exam. The Secretariat of the Doctoral School coordinates with the members of the examining committee in advance, and then officially informs the members about the day of the exam.

(4) The chairperson of the examining committee

 is either a full professor, or a habilitated university associate professor, a professor emeritus or a lecturer, r researcher holding the “Doctor of Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences” title. A foreign expert may not be the chairperson of the examining committee.

(5) Each member of the examining committee must hold an academic degree. There may be a foreign expert among the members of the examining committee. The supervisor of the doctoral student may not be a member of the examining committee.

The examining committee shall be constructed in such a way that should any of the professional members happen to be the candidate’s supervisor,  it is necessary to set up two committees or to replace the professional member in question by another professional member in the relevant assessment phase.

(6) Professional composition of the examining committee at DSBM:

Chairperson, a representative of qualitative methodology, a representative of quantitative methodology, a representative of the field of specialisation, expert specialised in presentation techniques and scientific communication, and secretary. 

(7) Although the supervisor is not a member of the examining committee, he/she must evaluate the work of the doctoral student in writing in advance as well as orally at the beginning of the dissertation part of the comprehensive exam.

The supervisor’s preliminary written evaluation shall be attached to the registration form for the comprehensive exam (and shall constitute its annex). The evaluation presents the work of the doctoral students so far done, his/her most significant scientific results as well as briefly refers to the strengths and weaknesses of the deliverable document submitted for the examination. It also states whether the continued participation of the student in the doctoral education is recommended. The supervisor’s evaluation shall be at least 0.5 pages and at most 1 page of A4 size in length. The Secretariat of the Doctoral School shall be in charge of collecting the supervisor’s evaluation.

(8) In the “theoretical part” of the comprehensive exam, the candidate is required to convincingly demonstrate his/her knowledge of the methodological background of the proposed thesis on the one hand, and his/her expertise in the context of the concerned branch of science on the other. In the fourth semester of the education, the candidate must draw up the research plan of the proposed thesis  (research design) in the form of a deliverable document, in which he or she presents the personal reasons for choosing the topic, its timeliness and social, economic and environmental context, as well as the research objectives and research issues. He/she also discloses the foundations of the research methodology and gives reasons for the choice of the methodology, supported by literature, seeks to present the full array of methods he/she intends to use subsequently (aligned with the qualitative, quantitative or hybrid methods, data collection and data analysis tools, etc.) and prepares a critical analysis of the literature of his/her research topic (literature review). The 20-30 page deliverable material to be delivered should be submitted in 4 printed copies as well as electronically to the DS programme coordinator by no later than 1 May (written module). Based on the written deliverable material, the examining committee draws up questions in the oral module of the “theoretical part” of the exam and encourages the candidate to engage in professional debate and consultation during which it assesses the candidate’s broad expertise in methodology and scientific knowledge in the relevant branch of science.

The deliverable material (hereinafter referred to as “the document”) is a document that is intended to lay the foundations of the thesis proposal.   The length of its contents is at least 25 pages (+title page, table of contents, bibliography, annexes) of A4 size, with 2.5 cm margins, using single spacing between the lines, size 12 TNR characters, with paragraphs separated by tabs, one page per sheet numbered in the lower right corner. The document shall be suitable to serve as the basis of substantial discussions on the methodological compliance of the proposed dissertation in the framework of the comprehensive exam. During the discussion the student should demonstrate convincing knowledge of the material acquired at the qualitative and/or quantitative methodological courses and should be able to adapt them to the field of specialization.

The document can be prepared in such a way that a published article or an article with an acceptance notification written by the candidate him/herself or co-authored with his/her supervisor in an A-D category journal featured in the list of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is incorporated into the deliverable material. The article is incorporated into the deliverable material so that it supports the compulsory contents (justification for the selection of the topic, presentation of the timeliness, of the societal, economic and environmental context of the topic, formulation of research objectives and research questions) and is suitable to initiate a methodology oriented professional dialogue about the deliverable material in the framework of the comprehensive exam.

Upon registration for the comprehensive exam, the candidate shall state on the registration form whether he or she wishes to demonstrate his/her knowledge of qualitative, quantitative methods or a combination of the two in the deliverable material.

(9) In the second part of the comprehensive examination (“dissertation part”), the examinee gives account of his/her knowledge of the literature in the form of a 15-20 minute presentation and reports on his/her past research activities and results. He/she also outlines his/her research schedule for the second phase of the doctoral education and the schedule for preparing the doctoral dissertation and for publishing the results.

After the presentation the supervisor evaluates the work so far carried out by the examinee in a length not exceeding 5 minutes and states whether he/she has found the candidate suitable for the successful completion of the doctoral studies, whether he/she judges the schedule and the publication plan to be realistic. The committee formulates questions on the contents of the presentation.

(10) The DS organises the comprehensive exam once every year at the end of the spring semester. The comprehensive exam shall be organised in such a way that both its “theoretical” and “dissertation” parts are arranged in the presence of the widest possible professional audience, this however should not interfere with the successful performance of the examinee. Depending on the number of persons entering the comprehensive exam, the “theoretical” and “dissertation” parts of the exam can be organised on the same or on different days, on successive days or within the same day by inserting a longer break. Regardless of how the exam is arranged, each member of the examining committee must continuously be present during both parts of the exam.

Each year the comprehensive exam takes place in June. The exam is held on the same day in two successive stages. The first stage, the theoretical part,  shall be conducted formally before the examining committee (in response to questions), followed by the dissertation stage during which the candidate gives his/her lecture in the form of an oral presentation after which the debate is held in the manner of a discussion. A short, maximum 1-hour break may be inserted between the two stages. The examinees respond to the questions and hold their presentation consecutively, their performance being evaluated after each stage in the absence of members of the public.

(11) The examining committee evaluates the theoretical and dissertation parts of the exam separately and draws up the detailed minutes of the comprehensive exam signed by the members containing a written assessment of the work of the doctoral student from a scientific point of view. The result of the exam shall be announced on the day of the oral exam.

Following the second stage, the examining committee withdraws, assesses the global performance of each examinee and announces the results.

(12) The comprehensive exam is successful if the majority of the members of the committee considers both parts of the exam to be successful.

(13) Both parts of the comprehensive exam are evaluated by means of a written assessment (passed, failed):

successful if the assessment of both parts is “passed”;

unsuccessful if the assessment of either part of the exam is “failed”.

(14) In case the “theoretical” part of the exam is unsuccessful, the doctoral student may repeat the exam once more during the given exam period.

In view of the fact that the theoretical part of the exam is based on a dissertation that is to be submitted, the preparation of which is time-consuming, the repetition of the theoretical exam shall take place before registration for the 5th semester of the sample curriculum, probably in the first week of the autumn semester. In case of a repeated theoretical exam, the modified dissertation shall be transmitted by the student registering for the exam to the University Doctoral Office by 21 August at the latest. Failure to do so shall result in exclusion from doctoral education.

(15) In case the “dissertation” part of the exam is unsuccessful, the doctoral student may not retake the exam in the given exam period, but may take two passive semesters. The doctoral student may continue his/her doctoral studies if he/she successfully completes the dissertation part of the comprehensive exam within one year. A doctoral student holding a state scholarship may in such case continue his/her doctoral studies only in self-financed education.

Whoever fails the dissertation part might postpone his/her doctoral studies for a year and may register again for the comprehensive exam until 1st May of the following year. Failure to do so shall result in exclusion from doctoral education.

(16) The comprehensive exam must be taken in English or Hungarian. If a candidate whose mother tongue is Hungarian prepares his/her study to be submitted in the “dissertation” phase in English, the exam must still be held in Hungarian. If a student whose mother tongue is other than Hungarian reports for the comprehensive exam, all components of the exam can be completed in English (the candidate must indicate such request when reporting for the comprehensive exam).

 

 

Task

Deadline

Responsible

Announcement of the details of the comprehensive exam, information to students, preparation of supervisors at the level of the Doctoral Schools

30 November 2017

Doctoral

schools

Decision on  the composition of the examining committee of the comprehensive exam at the level of the Doctoral Schools

28 February 2018

Doctoral

schools

Submission of  the deliverable material (document

1 May 2018

Doctoral

schools

Submission of the supervisor’s evaluation

21 May 2018

Doctoral

schools

Setting of the date of the exam, coordination with the members of the examining committee

30 May 2018

Doctoral

schools

End of the exam procedure

30 June 2018

Doctoral

schools

End of the of repeated exam procedure

15 September 2018

Doctoral

schools

 

Utolsó frissítés: 2019.03.11.