PhD Qualifying exam for MBG Majors

Rules and Regulations for the PhD Qualifying Exam for the

Molecular Biology and Genetics Graduate Program of 

the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences of METU 


With the consent of the advisor, PhD pre-candidate, to enter the PhD qualifying exam, must submit their application to the Departmental Doctoral Qualification (DDQ) Committee.


With the approval of the advisor, in the application, names of 8 main faculty members are proposed to form the examination committee. The DDQ Committee will select 5 members of the written exam committee. The qualifying-exam committee must have at least 2 faculty members from outside of METU. Any change in the exam committee composition is realized by informing the advisor.


If there is more than one PhD pre-candidate who will take the exam in the same period, common committees for several students may be formed based on the suggested exam committee members. But for the oral exam, a committee of 5 (selected among the written exam committee members) is formed by DDQ committee based on the suggestion of the students’ advisors. The pre-candidate is considered successful on the condition that the student should earn at least 70 points out of 100. The oral exam grade is the average of grades issued by the individual oral examination committee members.


Written exams are held at the same day for all students. The date of the exam is announced by the DDQ committee. The advisor determines the date of the oral exam (coordinating with the examining committee members from the outside) and informs the chair of the DDQ committee. Written exams for the major and minor fields are completed within 2 days. The coordination of the exams is under the supervision of at least one member of the DDQ committee. Exam papers are then passed to faculty members immediately and asked to be graded in within the given deadline.


After the evaluation of written exams, the oral exam committee meets. If the result of written exam is satisfactory, the student is allowed to take the oral examination. For a student to be successful in the written exam, he/she has to earn ≥ 70 points out of 100 from the major field of Molecular Biology and Genetics. If the student is not successful in a field, he/she is advised how to improve for the next round of exams that he/she has to re-take. If a student is found successful for the written but fails to be satisfactory for the oral exam, he/she is listed as unsuccessful but can be admitted directly to the oral exam for the following semester.


Written and oral exam grades together with the exam papers are passed to the PhD qualification committee by the advisor. The committee then decides whether the student passed the qualification exam or not.