PhD and Dissertation

By November 30th of their first year, each student must submit to the Program office a brief outline of their proposed research that has been reviewed and approved by the members of their supervisory committee.

The work must be original – it must contain your own argument, supported by research carried out by the student.

A declaration of the ethical issues around the underlying research must be made early in the student’s first year. An ethics review will be required without exception for all students who are interacting with outside individuals in any manner (interviews, questionnaires, consultations, observations, etc.).

The work must be prepared in accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation guidelines. This includes both stylistic requirements and requirements for handling copyrighted materials.

PhD students must submit an extended dissertation proposal, of some 60 to 70 pages in length, by the end of their third semester. This proposal is examined by the student’s supervisory committee. Except under circumstances requiring a delay, the examination and any required revisions to the extended dissertation proposal outline must be completed before a student is allowed to continue in the PhD program in Year 2.