PhD Requirements

Requirements for PhD in Physics

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • CORE: The following courses are required for the PhD: 7001, 7002, 7005, 7006, 7010, 7011.
  • SEMINAR: 8090 and 8091 are required every term.
  • RESEARCH: 9071R; a total of 10 semester credits.
  • SPECIALIZATION: A student must take 6 advanced (8000 or 9000 level) graduate level courses, of which two should be outside the student’s research field.

EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • ORAL ENGLISH PROFIENCY TEST: Passing this exam is required of all non-native English speakers. We generally expect international students to pass the OEPT by the end of their first year at UC, and students who have not passed may not teach in the classroom.
  • QUALIFYING EXAM: Students pursuing the PhD degree must pass this written exam at the PhD level by the spring semester of the second year.
  • CANDIDACY (ORAL) EXAM: This exam tests whether a student has adequate preparation for doctoral research. Students are expected to pass this exam in their third year.
  • DISSERTATION DEFENSE: A student must defend a dissertation before completing the doctoral degree.