Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Entry to the PhD program in Biological Sciences requires either:

  • completion of a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimun cgpa of 3.5
  • evidence of research ability, and
  • commitment from a faculty member willing to supervise your research

OR

  • completion of an MSc or equivalent from a recognized university, and
  • commitment from a faculty member willing to supervise your research

The PhD program is overseen by a supervisory committee and is normally completed in less than 5 years.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The PhD program in Biological Sciences requires:

  • a minimum 6 units (2 courses) of graduate course work beyond the Master's degree (students with an MSc)* or
  • a minimum of 12 units of graduate coursework beyond the baccalaureate (students without an MSc)*
  • a candidacy exam (BISC 892 (0))
  • a 6 unit PhD thesis (BISC 899 (6))

The thesis is based on original research and is defended publicly. Normally at least one of the thesis chapters will be submitted to a peer reviewed journal prior to degree completion.  

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this degree, you will:

  • be able to perform as an independent scientist
  • have the ability to interpret data, and communicate findings to a scientific audience
  • be familiar with the scientific publication process
  • have made a significant contribution to knowledge in your field of research

*additional coursework may be requested by the supervisory committee