If you began your PhD program prior to Fall 2007, see Academic Services Office (ASO) regarding your program.
Requirements for Ph.D. Degree
Item 1 is tested through a written exam, which you must take at the beginning of your first summer at UF. In addition, you must be registered as a student for the summer A or C semesters. Advanced Materials Principles 1 is taught in the fall semester and Advanced Materials 2 is taught in the spring semester. These courses are not required, and you may choose to study for the qualifying exam on your own without taking the courses.
The written exam is designed to take 2.5 hours, but you will be provided with 5 hours to complete it. The exam consists of 10 questions, of which you must answer 8. Questions will be graded solely on a pass/fail basis. You must pass 6 of the questions to pass the exam. If you do not pass on your first attempt, you may take the exam again at the beginning of the following fall semester. Note that the exam in the fall is only for students who have failed their first attempt in the summer. If you do not pass the second attempt you will not be admitted to PhD candidacy, which means you will not be able to obtain a PhD degree from our department.
Items 2 and 3 are tested by having you write and defend an original research proposal. The proposal topic can be related to your anticipated PhD dissertation research topic, but must contain original ideas/hypotheses/research plans independent of input from your advisor. The proposal serves to test the your ability to formulate a significant problem, to ask the right questions to solve that problem, apply the fundamentals to your problem, and to apply the correct tools to solve that problem.
Your supervisory committee must sign the proposal topic approval form before you write the proposal. You should give the written proposal to your committee at least one week before the defense date. At the proposal defense you will present your proposal and answer questions about your proposal from your committee. The committee may also question you on topics within your specialty that may not be directly part of the proposal, but which represent knowledge required within that specialty. The scope of this examination will be determined by the PhD committee (i.e., there is no list of required areas). You should discuss the scope of the proposal defense with your advisor if you have any questions.
Passing of the proposal requires a unanimous vote of the committee. The proposal will be graded solely on a pass/fail basis. Passing can not be subject to any additional conditions, such as additional coursework. If you fail the proposal defense, you may make a second attempt. The second attempt must occur in the semester following the first attempt. If you do not pass the second attempt you will not be admitted to PhD candidacy, which means you will not be able to obtain a PhD degree from our department.
The written exam must be taken at the beginning of your first summer as a PhD student in the Department Materials Science and Engineering. If you fail the first attempt, your second attempt must occur at the beginning of the following fall semester.
The first attempt at the proposal defense must be within 24 months of the date of the first day of classes of your first semester enrolled in MSE as a graduate student (even if you were initially enrolled as an MS student). If you do not pass the first attempt, the second attempt at the proposal defense must occur in the semester immediately after the first attempt.
These deadlines are absolute. If any of the deadlines are missed, you will not be admitted to PhD candidacy, which means you will not be able to obtain a PhD degree from our department.
Complete the on-line form at least five days prior to the defense, by following the directions below.
Proposal Defense Date
The M.D./Ph.D. program trains physician-scientists for a career in academic medicine and engineering. Students attend medical school for the first two years and initiate their graduate research in materials science during the third year. Completion of the dissertation typically spans three to four years. Afterwards, students return to the medical school for two years to complete their clinical training.
For additional information, please visit http://www.med.ufl.edu/md-phd