Time To Completion:
12 terms (4 years)
Eligible research-based students will receive a minimum of $13,000 plus tuition annually (excludes ancillary fees) through research grants, contracts, scholarships and teaching assistantships. Follwing the completion of the PhD Comprehensive exam PhD funding wil be increased ti $14,000 annually. To maintain fundable status, students must sustain an average of 78% at Western.
Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements
- 8 graduate courses (4 courses can be exempt based on Masters Degree marks and approval of the Graduate Chair)
- courses must be technical courses - professional development or non-technical courses would be considered outside the course requirements.
- Direct Entry PhD Candidates must complete 8 graduate courses, up to 2 may be exempt with permission from the Graduate Program Chair.
- Undergraduate courses can be taken as an audit with supervisory approval. Any undergraduate course taken would be above & beyond the degree requirement and would not be considered towards the degree.
- Successful completion of the PhD Comprehensive Examination
- 1st attemt at completion must be made during the 4th term of enrollment in the PhD program
- Direct Entry PhD - 1st attempt must be made during the 6th term of enrollment
- Successful presentation, defense, and submission of a research thesis (Thesis Defense Timeline)
- Complete 2 seminar sessions over the course of degree
- Students can start in September, January or May
- Students enrolled in the PhD program MUST register in every term from initial registration until all degree requirements are complete. If unable to register, the student may apply for a Leave of Absence.
Ph.D. Course Offerings
**All courses & schedules may be subject to change. Please regularly check this page for the most up to date information**
Course Enrollment Deadlines
- Please note the below deadlines apply to all Fall 2018 courses - regardless of the course start date
- September 1, 2018 - Fall term officially begins - does not necessarily concide with the beginning of classes.
- September 15, 2018 - Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Fall 2018. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online. this is also the last day to SWAP courses
- September 30, 2018 - Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Fall course
- September 30, 2018 - Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course without it appearing on the transcript. All forms must be received by the end of business hours.
- October 31, 2018 - Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course & receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned. All forms must be received by the end of business hours.
Ph.D. Annual Progress Report
SGPS requires that student’s progress be evaluated annually by the student’s Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee shall consist of the supervisor(s) and two members. At least one of the members should be from the same area of research as the student. Each member must have at least non-core SGPS membership status. For PhD students, the Annual Progress Report needs to be submitted by March 31st.
A Progress Report should normally be submitted following a Face-to-Face Advisory Committee meeting. However, the meeting may be substituted by a Review-via-Report format, if the supervisor(s) proposes, and the student and Advisory Committee agree to.
Face-to-Face meetings must be held under the following conditions:
- If the student, supervisor and/or a member of the Advisory Committee, or the Graduate Chair requests a Face-to-Face meeting
- When student cannot complete their thesis requirements within the normal 12 term period, each and every Progress Report, starting from the 12th term, must be done through a Face-to-Face meeting, so that the Committee can closely monitor the progress.
- If any significant issue has been raised in the last Progress Report which imposed a condition, the following Progress Report must be done by a Face-to-Face meeting.
At any time and under any condition, if the student, supervisor, Graduate Chair and/or a member of the Advisory Committee, requests a review meeting, the supervisor must arrange such a meeting within 3 weeks of the request. Such a meeting must be a Face-to-Face meeting and a Progress Report must be completed.
- Parts I & II of the PhD Annual Progress report must be completed by the student by March 30th (or the following Monday if March 30th falls on a weekend).
- Part III of the PhD Annual Progress report must be completed by the supervisor by April 27th.
- Part IV of the PhD Annual Progress report must be completed by the Advisory Committee by June 1st.
For More Information Please review the Annual Progress Review Document.
Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination
The main purpose of the PhD comprehensive examination is to assess the suitability of the candidate for graduate work at the doctoral level and to identify areas of weakness (if any) of the candidate in his/her discipline and field of specialization. The exam will focus primarily on the research topic and related background knowledge.
The results of the examination will be of assistance to the student and the advisory committee in recommending a program of study. Failure to pass the examination may result in a requirement to withdraw from the program.
Each student registered in a PhD program is required to attempt a comprehensive examination within the first four terms of the date of first registration in the PhD Program. In the case of a Direct Entry PhD, the PhD Comprehensive Exam must take place by the 6th term of PhD enrollment. In the case of a transfer from the MESc to PhD program, the PhD Comprehensive Exam must take place by the 6th term of initial registration in the MESc program. The comprehensive exam must be completed successfully (with no conditions) before the end of the 5th term of the PhD study. If the course works are not completed before the comprehensive examination date, a special approval is required from the Associate Chair (Graduate).
If the comprehensive exam is not completed before the end of 5th term, the student’s academic record will be sealed. The student’s PhD advisory committee has to meet and submit a report to the graduate committee during the first two weeks of the 6th term. The student’s file will be discussed at the graduate committee. The graduate committee may request to withdraw the student from the program.
The examination committee should be proposed by the student’s advisor at least three weeks before the date of the oral examination. The advisor in consultation with the examination committee will specify at least two subject areas related to the fundamental aspects of the proposed research. These subject areas must be included in the PhD comprehensive examination submission form.
The research proposal must be limited to 20 pages (including figures, tables, and references). The report should be formatted with 1.5 line spacing and a 12 pt font.
The oral presentation at the beginning of the exam is limited to 30 minutes.
A Ph.D. comprehensive examination committee shall normally consist of at least three members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (at least 1 of whom should not be from the advisory committee and at least 1 who should be a regular ECE member) and a chair appointed by the graduate coordinator. The membership of the examining committee shall be formed at least 3 weeks before the proposed examination date and approved by the associate chair (Graduate), who will ensure that each committee has sufficient members who are knowledgeable of the subject area of the student’s research project. The chief advisor may be a member of the examining committee but not the chair.
Graduate Students in the ECE Department are expected to meet and uphold Western University's standards of Academic Integrity.
For the complete policy and regulations see: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_grad.pdf