IX. Graduate Programs

Food Science

PhD Program

The objective of this program is to develop highly competent scientists who will provide leadership in academic institutions, or as managers in Food Science research and development institutes in industry or government. The PhD program is offered in the fields of: 1) food chemistry; 2) food processing; and 3) food microbiology. Creativity and the ability to perform independent research is fostered by requiring PhD students to submit a written research proposal and defend it orally. Having obtained research skills during their MSc studies, PhD students are expected to conduct autonomous research. The preparation of a PhD thesis and scientific publications ensures that graduates have attained prowess in research and communication.

Admission Requirements

The usual requirement for admission into the PhD program is a research-based MSc degree with a minimum 'B' average and supportive letters of reference. Students whose first language is not English require a TOEFL score of at least 89 (internet-based)or IELTS score of at least 6.5.

To assist in identifying a suitable thesis advisor, applicants should submit a short statement of research interests. Admission into the department is contingent on the student obtaining a scholarship or GRA. It is also possible for a student to transfer from the MSc program without completing a master's thesis if the student has an excellent academic record and shows a strong aptitude for research which can be expanded to the doctoral level. Students may be admitted into the Fall, Winter or Summer semesters.

Program Requirements

The major emphasis in the PhD program is research and the preparation of an acceptable thesis. There are no specific course requirements except for a course which is designed to ensure that the PhD candidates have adequate background knowledge in Food Science (food chemistry, food microbiology and food processing/engineering), as well as adequate written and oral communication skills. It is usual however for most students, in consultation with their advisory committee, to select prescribed studies and additional courses in preparation for the qualifying examination and thesis research. The qualifying examination is in two parts: (1) submission of research proposal; and (2) oral examination that evaluates the student’s ability to communicate effectively the scientific principles and put the proposed research to submit a written evaluation of the student’s performance to date in research and the student’s potential as a researcher. The PhD program is completed by the submission and successful defense of an acceptable thesis.

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Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1