Students will be assessed on the basis of undergraduate and graduate grades, letters of reference and research ability.
Students with a Master's degree from a foreign university will normally not be directly admitted into the PhD program, but will be accepted into the MSc in Biology program. They will, however, on demonstration of the ability to complete a PhD, be eligible to transfer to a PhD as described below.
Students registered in the MSc in Science in Biology who demonstrate exceptional potential for independent research and have attained an A- average in graduate courses in the program may request to transfer to the PhD program during the first six months of the second year of enrolment. The transfer must be approved by the student's supervisory committee and the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
Please see the Biology Courses page for course descriptions.
credits chosen from the following courses, or from any of the Biology PhD Advanced Topics or Reading Courses. Other courses in the list may be chosen upon recommendation of the supervisory committee and the Graduate Program Director:
• BIOL 616 Current Advances in Ecological Research (3.00) • BIOL 670 Scientific Communication (3.00) • BIOL 671 Scanning Electron Microscopy (3.00)
• BIOL 801 Pedagogical training (3.00) • BIOL 802 Research seminar (3.00)
• BIOL 850 Research proposal and qualifying exam (6.00) • BIOL 890 Research and Thesis (75.00)
Students transferring from the MSc program will be required to complete 90 credits in addition to the course requirements for the Master's program (9 credits). Students may be required to take up to 12 credits, at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level, in addition to the above. These courses may be required to strengthen understanding of peripheral areas or of the student's area of specialization. The additional course work may be assigned as an admission requirement or following BIOL 850 - Research proposal and qualifying exam.
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