Summer 2020 - MBB 806 G100

PhD Graduate Research Candidacy Examination (3)

Class Number: 2758

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of the student's supervisory committee.



Oral presentation and defense of a written PhD research proposal. Students will be examined on their knowledge relevant to the proposed research, capacity to complete the proposed thesis research (including any relevant preliminary results), and understanding of the broader field of study. All PhD students enrolled in the MBB PhD graduate program must take MBB 806.


Each student will prepare a written proposal of thesis research using the format of a grant application, demonstrating that the research will be original, feasible, and significant. Throughout the writing process, the instructor(s) will work with the student to establish organizational outlines for guiding the composition of the proposal. The proposal should include a statement of goals for the PhD research program, the significance of the proposed study, a review of the most significant literature related to the topic, a summary of research progress, and a description of the proposed research, including methods to be used. The student will present a seminar on the proposed thesis research project, and will be examined by the course instructor(s) and members of the supervisory committee. Questions will be on topics related to the research project, and on the larger context relevant to the research field. Other students enrolled in the course can attend the seminar/examination and may participate in the questioning.

See for a supplementary course outline and MBB 806 application form.

Prerequisites and timing of MBB 806
Enrolment in MBB 806 requires permission of the student's supervisory committee based on suitable research performance; after this permission is granted, MBB 806 must be completed within the following two semesters.


  • This course represents a PhD candidacy examination. It will be graded by course instructor(s) (MBB faculty members) with consultation from the student's supervisory committee. Evaluation will be based on the student's capacity to effectively communicate the subject matter of the proposed thesis research, knowledge relevant to the proposed research and broader field of study, significance of the proposed research, and feasibility of completing the proposed research.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.