Doctor of Philosophy

The Institute for Aerospace Studies may accept candidates for the degree of Ph.D. under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Candidates for Ph.D studies must have an M.A.Sc degree in engineering, mathematics, physics or chemistry, and must have a demonstrated ability to perform advanced research. The M.Eng., which consists primarily of course work, is not considered to be appropriate preparation for the Ph.D. program.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue Ph.D. studies at UTIAS will initially be admitted into the M.A.Sc. program and will be considered for direct transfer into the Ph.D. program. Students with excellent performance in an M.A.Sc. program at UTIAS may be allowed to transfer directly into a Ph.D. program, under the same supervisor, at the end of their first year of graduate study. Approval for transfer will be based on the student’s research ability, research progress during the first year, and academic standing. In what follows, students transferring from an M.A.Sc. to a Ph.D. program shall be referred to as “Transfer” students.

Ph.D. students must be registered continuously for every term — including summer — on a full-time basis until all degree requirements have been completed.  Ph.D. students starting with an M.A.Sc. degree must spend a minimum of two years at UTIAS.  “Transfer” students must be at UTIAS for a minimum of three years from the date of registration in the M.A.Sc. program.

Following acceptance into a Ph.D. program, the candidate shall undertake a program of study under the guidance of a Doctoral Examination Committee (DEC) which includes the candidate’s supervisor.

A Ph.D. student’s program of study includes course work and a thesis which must be based on research conducted while registered for the Ph.D. program. Ph.D. students starting with an M.A.Sc. degree require four courses. “Transfer” students need two courses in addition to the five completed prior to the M.A.Sc.-Ph.D. transfer, for a total of seven courses. All courses must be completed during the first two years in the Ph.D. program.

It is anticipated that a student with a Master’s degree in a discipline appropriate to the field of Ph.D. study will complete the Ph.D. program on a full-time basis within four years. The anticipated period for “Transfer” students is four years after the date of transfer. A small group of selected students may be allowed to register in a flexible-time PhD program where the normal program length is six years.
Prior to convocation, Ph.D. candidates must prepare at least one formal manuscript, based on the thesis, for publication in a refereed journal or refereed conference proceeding.