PhD Program

Students applying to a Department participating in the Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology must indicate their interest in toxicology as well as the proposed toxicology faculty member whose toxicology research interests the applicant.  Admission to the PhD program conforms to the requirements of the University of Guelph, as outlined in the Graduate Calendar and conforms to the participating department in which the PhD applicant wishes to enroll.  Normally, applicants have attained a MSc degree with at least high second‑class honours standing or better, in most participating departments, in a field appropriate to their proposed area of study.  Prospective PhD students register both in a participating Department and in the Collaborative Specialization.


As noted in the Graduate Calendar, outstanding graduate students may be permitted to transfer from an MSc to a PhD program without completing the MSc degree.  An application to transfer is initiated by the student and must be approved by the Advisor(s), Advisory Committee, and Graduate Program Services.  Typically, such a transfer is accompanied by grades of a minimum of 80% in at least two graduate‑level courses, letters of support from the Advisor(s) and Advisory Committee, and approval by Graduate Program Services. Applications for a program transfer must be initiated in the 3rd or 4th semester of the MSc program.


Degree Requirements

PhD students in the collaborative specialization in toxicology must meet all the academic requirements specified by the participating department in which they are enrolled (described in greater detail in section 4.6). The student’s research must address a topic of toxicological significance while under the supervision of a faculty member in the Toxicology Program plus one toxicology faculty as a committee member.  They must also complete the courses TOX*6000 and TOX*6200 if they, or equivalent courses, were not taken as part of an MSc program.  In most departments, there is no course requirement above those taken in the student’s Masters Program.