PhD Program (Direct Entry)

This section is for students who are admitted directly to the Phd with only a bachelor’s degree. On average it takes these students four to five years to graduate.

First Year

  • Register for your thesis course BIOC 649, section 001.
  • After consulting with your supervisor decide on which courses to take.
  • Classes should be taken to fill in any deficiencies in the your background, to enhance your knowledge base in selected areas of specialization, and in preparation for the comprehensive exam.
  • Register for courses.
  • You need to take a minimum of 12 credits prior to sitting the comprehensive exam.
  • The Graduate Coordinator will register you in the BIOC 530 seminar course (3 credits).
  • Take the appropriate lab safety courses.
  • By mid December your should have chosen your supervisory committee and scheduled your first meeting

Second Year

  • Register for your thesis course BIOC 649, section 001.
  • Students have to attend three terms of the seminar course and present two lectures before receiving a grade.
  • The Graduate Coordinator will register you in BIOC 530 the seminar course.
  • Meet with your supervisory committee at least once a year.
  • Sit the Comprehensive Exam before the end of your second year.  The comprehensives are scheduled in March and April.

Subsequent Years

  • Register for your thesis course twice per year – September to April (BIOC 649, section 101) and Summer Session May to August (BIOC 649, section 201). If you are in your final and graduating year, check with the Graduate Coordinator for the appropriate thesis section number.
  • You must maintain continuous registration and pay fees for each year as a graduate student.
  • Gaps in your registration and payment records may be interpreted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies as interruptions in your program and they may alter your award payments accordingly.
  • Attend all BIOC 530 seminars and present one seminar per year
  • Meet with your supervisory committee at least once a year.