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 constants 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 and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
    3. Quantum description of the hydrogen atom
    4. Symmetries in Quantum Theory

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.