On enrolment in the PhD program, you and your supervisor will determine an appropriate course of study. If necessary to complete your breadth requirement, you may be required to take some undergraduate courses which must be completed during your first two years in the program.
On enrolment in the PhD program, you and your supervisor will determine an appropriate course of study. All PhD students are required to complete four graduate courses:
In addition, students must complete:
The Department accepts students with previous degrees that are not necessarily in Computer Science. It is expected that PhD students must have a body of knowledge about a broad range of topics that are usually taught at an undergraduate level. All PhD students are expected to satisfy the Undergraduate Breadth Requirement. A student may need to take additional courses to do so. At most three additional courses may be requested to satisfy the Undergraduate breadth requirement.
Each incoming PhD student will have their background assessed by the Breadth Assessment Committee to determine any undergraduate courses that may be needed. The assessment is done after admission. It is based on the student's PhD background statement submitted with their application. An interview may be required after the student arrives to further assess the background. The result of the assessment may include requiring the student to take at most three undergraduate courses which must be completed within two years with a mark of at least 70% for each required course. Failure to complete the courses within the specified period may result in the student being asked to withdraw from the program.
The Advisory Committee should be appointed as soon as possible within a maximum of one year after registration and must consist of a minimum of three members including the supervisor. The student should be consulted on the composition of the Committee. The student's supervisor acts as Chairperson of the Committee. All members of the Advisory Committee must be members of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and must be approved by the Graduate Chair. Changes to the Advisory Committee require approval by the Graduate Chair.
The Advisory Committee reviews the student's progress until graduation and should be available for research/thesis advice.
Undergraduate breadth requirement refers to a body of knowledge about a broad range of topics that are usually taught at an undergraduate level in a Computer Science program. There are several goals in having an Undergraduate breadth requirement for a PhD student. These include the following:
With regard to (b), we recognize that a student might not use all the Undergraduate breadth requirements in their PhD research. However, we also recognize that it is unpredictable what aspects of the breadth requirement they will need. The goal is to choose a set of topics that is likely to include topics that they need to know about for their research. The proposed Undergraduate breadth requirement consists of the following:
A PhD Research Topics Survey/Proposal (which we will refer to as TSP for short) is proposed to evaluate a student's proficiency in understanding important research. The intention is that this evaluation be done at a relatively early point in their degree.
Each student must pass the TSP. The purpose of the TSP is to test the student's ability to master a particular research area as well as demonstrate the ability to provide critical analysis of research papers and to generate new ideas. The student must produce a paper that consists of two parts:
Extensions can be given due to extenuating circumstances.
If the student fails to complete the proposal by the end of the sixth term and has NOT BEEN GRANTED an extension then the candidate may be asked to withdraw from the PhD program.
If the candidate was fast tracked from the MSc program into the PhD program the paper should be submitted before the last day of the term corresponding to the student's second term of enrolment and the candidate must complete the proposal by the end of the fourth term.
There are several objectives to be achieved:
Thesis preparation and format, public lecture requirements and the procedure for examining the candidate and the thesis are covered in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thesis Regulation Guide. ( http://www.grad.uwo.ca/current_students/thesis_regulations/index.htm)