Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive examinations ensure that candidates are ready to progress to the next major phase of their study: writing their dissertation. The exams evaluate students’ theoretical and methodological competencies, as well as their knowledge of the wider field of study within which their research is situated.

Comprehensive examinations are typically undertaken during the second year of study, and are evaluated by a jury consisting of the thesis supervisor (or co-supervisors) and two other professors specializing in areas closely related to the student’s research.

There are two parts to the comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Specific requirements for each component vary by institution: