METU-CENG Ph.D. Qualifying Oral Exam

The Purpose of the Exam

To evaluate the student's ability and potential to conduct research at the doctoral level and to encourage the student to have an earlier involvement in research

Expectations from the Student before the Exam

  • To choose a topic within the student's research field.
  • To conduct a literature survey on this topic.
  • To make a contribution to this topic as explained below.
  • To prepare the study in the IEEE conference proceedings format in at least 6 pages.
  • To submit this work to the examination committee (jury) latest 1 week before the exam.

Expectations from the Student during the Exam

  • To present the student’s study (30 minutes)
  • Answer questions about the study (10 minutes)
  • Answer general questions in the Ph.D. field of the student (20 minutes, if the jury finds it necessary the question answer part can be extended).

Expected Contribution

The student can choose to make one or more of the following types of contributions:

  • Literature evaluation: A literature survey is required in every study, but those students who select this category will be expected to conduct a more detailed literature survey by identifying the advantages and disadvantages of the previous studies, compare them with each other, and provide an analysis-synthesis of the literature in the selected topic.
  • Implementation: The student will implement a paper in the selected topic which should be chosen together with the student’s advisor and produce results by changing various parameter values if applicable.
  • Novel approach: The student will propose a novel approach to a selected problem and implement this approach to produce results. This category includes improving an existing algorithm using a different approach.
  • Comparison: The student will compare two or more algorithms that are selected with the student’s advisor, and discuss the results obtained as a result of this comparison.
  • Theoretical contribution: The student will propose a novel theoretical approach such as a formula, theory, proof, etc. and show the correctness, utility, and reasoning behind this approach.
  • Case study: The student will apply an existing method or process to a realistic problem and discuss the results that are obtained.


The success of the student will be measured according to the table below. The student whose weighted grade total is 60 or higher will be considered successful.

Ratio Point [0-100]
%40 Written work
%20Presentation and questions related to the presentation
%40General questions in the selected field
Weighted Total:

General Principles about the Administration of the Exam

  • For every student who will take this exam, a jury comprised of 5 people with Ph.D. degree and experts in the selected field will be formed by the qualifying exam committee. This jury will include the student’s advisor. It is crucial that the jury members read the study before the exam and prepare questions to be asked during the exam.
  • The written work prepared by the student must be original. It should not be put together by copying and pasting from the previous work.
  • Jury members could check the document submitted by the student against plagiarism using to which METU has a subscription.
  • A study prepared for the master’s thesis cannot be directly used for his exam. A contribution is expected to be made during the Ph.D. studies even if the topic remains the same.
  • An article (published or unpublished) written by the student as the primary author can be used for this exam. However, the same article cannot be used by more than one student, and if it was published it should not be published more than 12 months before the exam.
  • In case of failure for the first time, a new topic can be chosen or the jury must indicate the expectations from the student for the second exam if the same topic will be used.
  • In case the student is taking this exam for the second time from the same topic, a supporting document explaining the changes from the previous version must be provided by the student to the jury along with the latest version of the study.
  • For the qualifying exams that will be conducted in November 2012 and March 2013, the students will have the option to take the previously defined “breath exam” and its oral part instead of this exam. In the following terms, only the exam described in this document will be administered.
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