Doctor of Philosophy

The Institute for Aerospace Studies may accept candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

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

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue PhD studies at UTIAS will initially be admitted into the MASc program and will be considered for direct transfer into the PhD program. Students with excellent performance in an MASc. program at UTIAS may be allowed to transfer directly into a PhD 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 MASc to a PhD program shall be referred to as “Transfer” students.

PhD students must be registered continuously for every term — including summer — on a full-time basis until all degree requirements have been completed. PhD students starting with an MASc 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 MASc program.

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

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