IX. Graduate Programs


PhD Program

Admission Requirements

1. Applicants with a master's degree

Applicants holding either a Master of Bioinformatics, an MSc in Bioinformatics, or a masters in a related discipline with a GPA above 80 over the last two years equivalent of full time study will be considered for admission.

2. Applicants without a master's degree (i.e., direct entry)

Strong applicants (GPA>80) may be admitted without holding a master's degree provided that their undergraduate major is appropriate. In these cases, the program committee will assign necessary courses to ensure sufficient preparedness for research.

3. General Requirements

Applicants must indicate an agreed advisor at the time of application. Prospective students should commence discussions with faculty well in advance of applying. Offers of admission will only be issued in cases where a member of Bioinformatics Graduate Faculty has agreed to be the advisor.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 1.0 credit is required, which must include:

BINF*6500 [1.00] PhD Research Writing in Bioinformatics

The program committee and the advisory committee may, and usually will, require additional courses. After the prescribed course work is satisfactorily completed, a qualifying examination is taken. Finally, the submission and successful defence of an appropriate thesis on an approved topic completes the requirements for the PhD in Bioinformatics.

Advisory Committee

Students taking the PhD in Bioinformatics will have an advisory committee comprising at least three members of the Graduate Faculty, two of whom should be Bioinformatics Graduate Faculty. The advisor must be a member of the Bioinformatics Graduate Faculty. Usually, if there is a co-advisor, (s)he will also be a member of the Bioinformatics Graduate Faculty; under special circumstances, the Director, after consultation with the Bioinformatics Program Committee, may approve a co-advisor who is not a member of the Bioinformatics Graduate Faculty.

Duration of the Program

The completion period of the program is 12 semesters of full-time study.

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