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Regulations for the Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry

Course Requirements

The minimum course requirement for the Ph.D. degree varies with   sub-disciplines as follows:

Analytical, Organic, Physical, and Theoretical Chemistry:  There is no course requirement at the Ph.D. level for students who have completed the M.Sc. requirements. Students with direct entry into the Ph.D. program (without first completing an M.Sc.) must complete a minimum of two prescribed modules within their sub-discipline (see module list below), and must present a departmental research colloquium.  However, in all cases, additional courses may be recommended by the supervisory committee.
     A student who enters the Ph.D. program in these sub-disciplines with an appropriate M. Sc. degree from another university must complete a minimum of two prescribed modules, or the equivalent, and present a departmental research colloquium (see below).  Additional courses may be recommended by the supervisory committee in cases where background is deemed inadequate for the research being undertaken.

Inorganic Chemistry:  The minimum course requirement for students in this sub-disciplined is two graduate modules or the equivalent beyond the requirements for the M.Sc. degree. Students with direct entry into the Ph.D. program (without first completing an M.Sc.) must complete a minimum of two prescribed modules within this sub-discipline (see module list below), and must present a departmental research colloquium. However, in all cases, additional courses may be recommended by the supervisory committee.
     A student who enters the Ph.D. program in this sub-discipline with an appropriate M.Sc. degree from another university must complete a minimum of two prescribed modules, or the equivalent, and present a departmental research colloquium (see below).  Additional courses may be recommended by the supervisory committee in cases where background is deemed inadequate for the research being undertaken.

 

Colloquia and Seminars
 

All graduate students are expected to attend departmental colloquia and seminars regularly. Direct-entry Ph.D. students will present a departmental colloquium on their own research during Term 4 of their graduate program.

During their final year of study, all Ph.D. students will present their research work in a departmental seminar before defending their thesis.


Comprehensive Examination

All Ph.D. candidates must pass a Comprehensive Examination, taken within the first 20 months after beginning Ph.D. work that tests breadth of knowledge within the student’s major field of study. The Comprehensive Examination will require the submission of a document that provides a review of a relevant, current field of research, along with an original proposal for research. The defence will consist of a brief presentation, followed by an oral examination.

 

Ph.D. Thesis
 

A thesis embodying the results of original research must be defended in a final oral examination.

Details of the thesis requirements and the procedures for thesis submission and defence are described in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar (Sections 2.7 and 4.4) and on this School of Graduate Studies  web page.

 

Information on graduate admissions, funding, fees, and programs of study is subject to periodic revision. The only official statement for these and other related regulations is the most recent online edition of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.