PhD Program Requirements

Students carry out a major program of original research and perform a thesis defense. Completion of a total of 1.5 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) is required, though students who completed an MSc degree here will be given credit for ESS1101H. Doctoral candidates are guaranteed funding for four years and must complete all requirements for the degree within six years from first enrolment. In exceptional circumstances, a candidate who has failed to complete degree requirements within this period may be considered for up to four one-year extensions with approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee and the School of Graduate Studies.

PhD (from MSc doctoral stream)

  • Thesis required
  • Required Courses: One breadth course
  • Elective Courses: 0.5 FCE
  • Total FCE: 1.0 FCE

PhD (from external MSc or direct entry)

  • Thesis required
  • Required Courses: ESS1101H and one breadth course
  • Elective Courses: 0.5 FCE
  • Total FCE: 1.5 FCE

See Graduate Courses for more information.

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