This degree must be completed on a full-time basis.
See the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage for information for managing your program. To see a visual timeline of your PHD degree with important dates and milestones, please visit the Program Timelines page.
The student must choose one of five broad areas of specialization: Astrophysics, Physics, Radiation Oncology Physics, Space Physics, and Medical Imaging (interdisciplinary).
All students must have a supervisor. When admitted to our graduate program, you are assigned an interim supervisor to assist you with your course selection, registration, etc., however this may not be your final supervisory. You have a maximum of four months from the time your program begins (either September or January) to finalize your supervisor. Your supervisor is then responsible for directing the research component of your degree, as well as for some fraction of your financial support package.
In addition, all students are required to take a minimum of three terms of the Graduate Seminar, although the normal load is four terms, and additional terms may be required of students on an as need basis.
Students must meet annually with their supervisory committee.
Thesis Oral Exam: students must write and orally defend a research thesis. The thesis must be in a form that is publishable in refereed scientific journals.
Within 12 months of starting a PhD degree, your supervisory committee will be formed by your supervisor, in general in consultation with you, the student. This committee will consist of a minimum of 3 faculty members, usually but not necessarily members of PHAS. You will thereafter meet with this committee at least once every 12 months to review your progress. For full information see the Graduate Supervisory Committee page.
Full degree requirements must be completed within a maximum of six years, but students must complete their course requirements within four registration years. Students registered in the PhD program will receive financial support for four years. An additional year may be available depending upon circumstances and satisfactory performance.
The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission.
See the University of Calgary Graduate Studies Calendar for more information.