Length of Program
Candidates starting as Ph.D. 1 students (entering directly from a B.Sc. program) must complete at least 4 years of full-time study; candidates beginning at the Ph.D. 2 level (students who have completed a M.Sc.) must complete 3 years of full-time study.
For students beginning at Ph.D. 2 the normal and expected duration of the Ph.D. program is 4 years and students will be financially supported for this length of time. In exceptional cases, 5 or even 6 years are required, but most students are strongly advised to complete the program in 4 years.
Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree at McGill are encouraged to spend at least one year of their doctorate training elsewhere.
- Students must be registered for BIOL 700 for the semester in which the Qualifying exam will be given (see Ph.D. Qualifying Examination below) and for BIOL 702 near the end of the program when the Ph.D. seminar will be given (see Thesis Requirements below).
- Ph.D. students are required to take 6 course credits related to their field of study (language, writing and teaching courses are excluded).
The student’s supervisor MUST approve all course selections. These courses must be graduate level courses at the -500 or higher level. These courses may be taken in the Biology Department, in other departments at McGill or at other Universities in Quebec*. If you would like to take a course outside of Quebec please contact Ancil Gittens, the Graduate Student Affairs Coordinator, for further instructions before registering. A graduate pass (65% or better) is mandatory for all required courses. Students who fail may be allowed to write a supplemental exam, but permission for this must be sought from the Chair of the GTC who will, in turn, request authorization from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.
- The Supervisory Committee (SC) may require additional coursework if it considers such courses necessary for background knowledge or suitable training in biology.
- Students may take additional courses not required for degree purposes but they must maintain an overall average of `B-' (65%) or satisfactory standing if the S/U (Pass/Fail) option is selected. These additional courses may or may not be directly related to their field of study and can include writing, language and teaching courses.
* Courses taken at other universities in Quebec must be taken through CREPUQ.
- Safety training: All newcomers, staff and students, to the Department of Biology are required to have proper Safety training, at their first opportunity following the start of employment/studies. Please check the Biology Health and Safety website for links to courses available at McGill Environmental Health & Safety.
- Seminars: Doctoral students are expected to participate regularly in one or more of the Department's journal clubs and seminar series, e.g. Molecular Seminars, Organismal Seminars, Graduate Students Symposium in Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour, and Conservation, Works in Progress Series (WIPS), Ecology & Evolution Lunches (EEL), Honours Seminars.
*NOTE: your participation in these seminars will only be considered as a PhD seminar once the proper protocol is followed. See Instructions for PhD Seminar.
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
The Qualifying Examination (QE) is a formal evaluation of the student's ability to proceed to the attainment of the Ph.D. For details, please refer to the Qualifying Exam - Procedures and Regulations section of this website.
- Ph.D. Thesis Seminar (BIOL 702): All Ph.D. students must deliver a research seminar (BIOL 702) at some time during the academic session (September - April) towards the end of their studies and preferably done at least 3 months prior to the anticipated date of the thesis submission. For more details, please refer to the Ph.D Thesis Seminar section of this website.
- Thesis: The Ph.D. is a research degree. The candidate must provide a thesis which represents high scholastic attainment in a specialized field, demonstrated by independent and original research. Students need to refer to the Submission Information for complete information.
- Ph.D. Oral Examination: After the thesis has been submitted and approved, the candidate is required to defend their thesis in an open forum. For complete information on the procedures, please refer to the Ph.D. Oral Examination - Procedures section of this website.
- Instructions for Ph.D. Seminar: permission, registration, advertising. Return form to Ancil Gittens, W4/8, after seminar has been presented.
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