Diploma exam

Master Degree exam rules for PAMEP

Before the diploma exam, Master Degree thesis needs to be uploaded in APD system (archive of diploma theses: www.apd.amu.edu.pl) and both the supervisor and one reviewer from Faculty of Physics, AMU, have to complete the reviews. The condition of taking the diploma exam is passing all subjects provided for the PAMEP study program, submitting the thesis and receiving the two positive reviews.

The diploma exam is the oral exam in front of the exam commission. In the first part the student presents his thesis (up to 20 minutes). In the second part the student answers the commission’s questions about the thesis. In the third part of the exam the student answers three question chosen by the commission related to the field of PAMEP program. The list of questions is given below.

In the absence of a student, the commission assesses the presentation and answers to questions. The average of these grades is the grade for the diploma exam. The final result of the study (grade on the diploma) is calculated according to the algorithm: 0.6 x average of grades from the studies + 0.2 x grade of the thesis + 0.2 x grade of the diploma exam. The diploma exam finishes with informing the student about the exam result.

The list of question for PAMEP diploma exam:

  1. Brief description of materials for energy conversion, storage and transsimisions.
  2. Basic experimental techniques for the examination of nanostructures.
  3. Semiconductors and metals: band theory.
  4. Laws of thermodynamics.
  5. Boltzmann, Bose‐Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions.
  6. Methods of optical spectroscopy in the studies of materials.
  7. Photon absorption and energy conversion in materials.
  8. Basis and application of spintronics.
  9. Fabrication techniques of the nanostructures.
  10. Electronic band structures in 0D, 1D, 2D, and 3D materials.
  11. Description of electronic transitions in molecules by the example of Jablonski diagram (fluorescence, phosphorescence).
  12. Foundations of the Density Functional Theory.
  13. Carbon nanostructures: basic properties and possible applications.
  14. Neutron scattering: dynamical and structural studies of condensed matter.
  15. Reciprocal lattice.
  16. Relations between: (i) momentum and wavenumber, (ii) energy and frequency, in solid state physics.
  17. Exchange interaction and dipolar interaction in magnetic materials, and their influence on the magnetization configuration and magnetization dynamics.