The exam can be conducted in Polish or in English. It consists of 3 parts:

Part I: A short (10 min) presentation of the applicant’s research experience (such as undergraduate thesis work).

Part II: Presentation of three topics, one from each section,  selected by the exam committee from the following list:

  • Section A
    1. Inertial frames of reference; Galilean and Lorentz transformations
    2.  Formulations of classical mechanics
    3. Symmetries and integrals of motion
    4. The two-body problem
  • Section B
    1. Maxwell’s equations and the electric and magnetic properties of matter
    2. Electromagnetic waves
    3. Principles of thermodynamics
    4. Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions
  • Section C
    1. The Schrödinger equation and the interpretation of the wave function
    2. Observables in quantum mechanics; the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
    3. Quantum description of the hydrogen atom
    4. Symmetries in Quantum mechanics

Part III: Presentation of a selected topic related to the future research program (about 20 min). The topic will be sent to the candidate by e-mail two weeks before the exam date.

Each part of the exam is evaluated separately on a scale of A-D. An applicant may be admitted to our Graduate Studies Program if each of the three parts receives at least a C grade.