Doctor of Philosophy

Welcome to the PhD Program!

Your PhD program is an opportunity for you to create new knowledge, to experience new ways of learning, and to thrive in and beyond your studies!

Have a question?

Contact your program administrators! They're ready to help with any question you have.

Program Admin Contact Info →

Need a form?

Find the form you need in our Forms Database! Keyword search, or filter by program.

Forms Database →

We're here to guide you in every stage of your program.

Getting Started

Familiarize yourself with the Academic Calendar, SGS policies and procedures & your rights and responsibilites; then, start planning ahead!

Starting Your Program →

Continuing Your Studies

Learn how to make changes to your program, review the guidelines for the Comprehensive Examination, and start preparing for your Thesis.

Managing Your Program →

Final Steps

Read the procedures for finalizing your Thesis,  submitting your Thesis online, and preparing for your oral defence.

Ending Your Program →


Starting Your Program


Remember to Register!

PhD students need to register in their Thesis course each term. Follow the link below for more information regarding the registration process.

Registration Guide →

Program Requirements & Procedures

Learn what it takes to graduate in the Academic Calendar, and familiarize yourself with proper procedure.

Graduate Studies Academic Calendar →

SGS Policies and Procedures →

Rights, Roles and Responsibilities

Know your rights and responsibilities as a student, as well as your and your supervisor's respective roles.

ULGSA Collective Agreement →

Student - Supervisor Guidelines →

SGS Governing Principles →

Plan Ahead

Start planning your master's with these sample timelines and checklists!

Sample PhD Timelines →

PhD Program Checklist →

Managing Your Program

Need to Make Changes?

 If you need an extension, or need to withdraw, follow the link below for procedures and documentation.

Making Changes to Your Program →

Prepare for your Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examintation asseses your competence in your specific field of research. Be sure to review the guidelines below.

Comprehensive Examination Guidelines →

Plan Ahead for Your Thesis

Get a head start on your Thesis by reviewing the formatting and Intellectual Property regulations.

Thesis Submission Regulations →

IP Guidelines →

Ending Your Program

Planning for the End

Be sure you know the steps you need to take before graduation! Learn how to submit your Thesis to OPUS (Open ULeth Scholarship), how to delay the publication of your Thesis if you need to, and prepare yourself for the final oral defence.

Thesis Route Guide →