Qualifications

RULES STARTING JULY 23, 2014

The Qualification Exam is mandatory for Master’s or Doctoral candidates.

Registration for the qualification examination is the student’s responsibility and must be done within the maximum period established by the program in these rules.

The examination must be carried out within a maximum of 30 days after registration.

Any graduate student who does not take the exam within the period established for his or her program will be removed from the program, according to item V of article 52 of the USP Graduate Studies Regulations.

 

1 Master’s

1.1 The qualification examination in the Master’s Program consists of a Specific Knowledge Test aimed at evaluating the student’s maturity in his/her area of research, as well as his/her ability to carry out his/her research project.

1.2 The Master’s student must register for this examination within a maximum period of 15 months after his/her first enrollment in the program, observing the following criteria:

  • have completed at least 16 credits required in courses, according to item IV;
  • have passed the foreign language proficiency test;
  • have submitted the semesterly Program Monitoring Report on the respective due dates.

1.3 At the time of registration, the student must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. a) Student’s file;
  2. b) Copy of the Ethics Protocol;
  3. c) Copy of the certificate of participation of the Radiological Protection Course (for all students who use radioisotopes in their projects);
  4. d) Suggestion for the Commission indicated by the advisor (model available at the site: www.cienciasmorfofuncionais.com.br);
  5. e) Four copies of the research project (thesis preview), containing an updated version of the research paper that includes Introduction, Material and Methods, Partial Results, Discussion, Bibliography, and Future Planning.

 1.4 Regarding the Composition of the Examining Commission for the Specific Knowledge Test, it will consist of 3 full members and no more than 2 alternates, all with at least a doctorate, excluding the participation of an advisor or co-advisor. The composition of the Examining Commission must be subsequently approved by the CCP, which will appoint the Commission Chairperson.  The participation of collaborators that correspond to potential conflicts of interest in qualification groups will not be allowed, namely, collaborators that appear in the publications, along with the student or the advisor, in the last 03 years.

1.5 The Specific Knowledge Test consists of:

  1. a) Presentation of a Seminar on the Research Project, which must last no less than 30 and no more than 60 minutes. In this presentation, the results obtained to date should be addressed, contextualizing them with those of the current literature, in addition to future planning.
  2. b) Questioning of the work by the Examining Commission. This evaluation must preferably assess: the student’s familiarity with the project, the ability to critically analyze the rationale, methodology and results of the project, as well as the depth of the ability to discuss the results obtained. Each examining member will have a maximum of 30 minutes for questioning.

1.6 Important remarks:

– Non-compliance with the time limit established for the Presentation of the Seminar will result in automatic failure.

– Any student who fails the qualification examination can register to repeat it only once, and must re-register within 180 days after the first examination. The second examination must be carried out within 60 days after registration for the same. If the student fails for a second time, he or she will be removed from the Program and will receive a certificate for the courses taken.

– The tests are public and, at the end of the examination, the Commission will issue a Final Assessment Opinion, on a specific form provided by the CCP, which will be made available to the advisor.

2 Doctorate and Direct Doctorate

Doctorate students and Direct Doctorate students must register for this examination within a maximum period of 24 months from the date of admission to the Doctorate program and 30 months from the date of admission to the Direct Doctorate program, and must meet the following criteria:

  • have completed at least 12 credits required in courses, in the case of Doctorate;
  • have completed at least 28 credits required in courses, in the case of Direct Doctorate;
  • have passed the foreign language proficiency test;
  • have submitted the semesterly Program Monitoring Report on the respective due dates.

 2.1 The qualification examination in the Doctorate and Direct Doctorate program will consist of a Didactic Test, which aims to evaluate one’s ability to organize and teach a class in general topics of anatomy, according to the list of points below:

Overview of Osteology.

Overview of Arthrology

Overview of Myology.

General Organization of the Nervous System: Motor Systems.

General Organization of the Nervous System: Sensory Systems

General Organization of the Nervous System: Autonomic and Neuroendocrine Nervous System

Overview of the Circulatory System (Heart).

Overview of the Circulatory System (Vessels)

Overview of the Respiratory System.

Overview of the Supra-Diaphragmatic Digestive System.

Overview of the Infra-Diaphragmatic Digestive System.

Overview of the Urinary System.

Overview of the Male Reproductive System.

Overview of the Female Reproductive System.

2.2 At the time of registration, one point on the list of general Anatomy topics (item 2.1) will be randomly drawn by the student, who will have 01 month to prepare and submit to the examining commission indicated by the CCP/BMA, excluding the participation of the advisor and co-advisor.

2.3 The class shall, on a mandatory basis, have the duration of 40 to 60 minutes, and compliance with this time limit is required for candidate to pass. There will be no questioning of the class by the Examining Commission. In the event of failure, the student can undergo a second examination to present the same topic, and must re-register within thirty (30) days after the first exam. The second examination must be carried out within sixty (60) days after the new registration. If the candidate fails the Didactic Test for a second time, the student will be automatically removed from the Program.

 – Non-compliance with the time limit established for the Presentation of the Didactic Class will entail automatic failure, according to the determination of the Examining Commission.

– The tests are public and, at the end of the examination, the Commission will issue a Final Evaluation Report, which will be made available to the advisor.

Note: Doctorate and Direct Doctorate students must take an ADDITIONAL TEST (Specific Knowledge Test).

2.4 Doctorate and Doctorate students, in addition to taking the Qualification Exam (Didactic Test), will must also take a Specific Knowledge Test.

2.4.1 The maximum period of time for registering for the Specific Knowledge Test is thirty-six (36) months, from the date of admission to the Doctorate Program, and forty-two (42) months from the date of admission to the Direct Doctorate Program, and the Specific Knowledge Test shall be taken up to thirty (30) days after registration.

2.4.2 In order to register for the Specific Knowledge Test, Doctorate and Direct Doctorate students must fulfill the following criteria:

  • have completed at least 12 credits required in courses, according to item IV, in the case of Doctorate;
  • have completed at least 28 credits required in courses, according to item IV, in the case of Direct Doctorate;
  • have passed the proficiency examination;
  • have passed the Didactic Test of the Qualification Exam;
  • have submitted the semesterly Program Monitoring Report on the respective due dates.

Notes: The CCP has determined that Doctoral and Direct Doctorate students must have at least one article submitted or accepted in an indexed international journal, with an impact factor equal to or greater than the median for the area (Biological Sciences 1), according to the criteria of CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) (as available on the website: www.capes.gov.br), related to the area of insertion.

2.4.3 At the time of registration, the student must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. a) Student’s file;
  2. b) Copy of the Ethics Protocol;
  3. c) Copy of the certificate of participation of the Radiological Protection Course (for all students who use radioisotopes in their projects);
  4. d) Suggestion for Examining Commission indicated by the advisor (model available at: www.cienciasmorfofuncionais.com.br);
  5. e) Four copies of the research project (Dissertation preview) containing an updated version of the research paper including Introduction, Methods, Partial Results, Discussion, Bibliography, and Future Planning.

2.4.4 Regarding the Composition of the Examining Commission for the Specific Knowledge Test, it will consist of 3 full members and no more than 2 alternates, suggested by the advisor, excluding the participation of the advisor or co-advisor. The composition of the Examining Commission must be subsequently approved by the CCP, which will indicate, from among the members within the Program, which one will be the chairperson of the Commission.

2.4.5 The specific Knowledge Test is divided into two parts:

  1. a) Presentation of a Seminar on the Research Project, which must last no less than 30 and no more than 50 minutes. In this presentation, the results obtained to date should be addressed, contextualizing them with those of the current literature, in addition to future planning.
  2. b) Questioning of the work by the Examining Commission. This evaluation must preferably assess: the student’s familiarity with the project, the ability to critically analyze the rationale, methodology and results of the project, as well as the depth of the ability to discuss the results obtained. Each examiner shall have a maximum of 30 minutes for questioning.

Important notes:

– Non-compliance with the time limit established for the Presentation of the Seminar will result in automatic failure.

Any student who fails the Specific Knowledge Test can register to repeat it only once, and must re-register for the test within one hundred eighty (180) days after completion of the first examination. The second examination must be carried out within sixty (60) days after registration for the same. If the student fails for a second time, he or she will be removed from the Program and will receive a certificate for the courses taken.

– The tests are public and, at the end of the examination, the Commission will issue a Final Assessment Opinion, on a specific form provided by the CCP, which will be made available to the advisor.