General Regulations and Information Governing All Graduate Students

D) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

(NOTE: Every candidate shall complete a programme of study as recommended by the Head of the academic unit, in consultation with the Supervisory Committee and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. See General Regulation B.2.)

1. Diploma and Master's Programmes

Candidates should consult the appropriate Degree and Department/Faculty/School regulations for information concerning the specific programme requirements.

2. Ph.D. Programme

a) Each candidate is required to pass a comprehensive examination (see General Regulation H.2.)

b) Each candidate shall present a thesis embodying the results of original research.

c) Candidates should consult the appropriate Department/ Faculty/School regulations for information concerning the number and specific credit hours that may be required for a programme.

d) Candidates may pursue a specified part of their research elsewhere provided that prior permission has been obtained from the Dean on the recommendation of the Head of the academic unit in consultation with the Supervisory Committee.

3. English Writing Requirement

Given the analytical and scholarly demands of study at the graduate level, graduate students are expected to demonstrate an advanced facility with written English in meeting the demands of their coursework and, where applicable, in the writing of any end-of-programme research report, folio, comprehensive examination, or thesis.

4. Changes in Programmes

a) Any changes in the candidates's programme of studies must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the appropriate academic unit.

5. Research Involving Animals

The Animal Care Unit offers a seminar in animal care at least once annually. The seminar is administered by the School of Graduate Studies. All graduate students whose degree requirements involve experimentation on living vertebrate animals are required to attend this seminar normally at the first offering following commencement of their programme.

6. Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations

a)  A student completing a graduate degree programme in the School of Graduate Studies will follow the degree and department/faculty/school regulations in effect in the year in which the student first registers for his/her current programme. However, students may elect to follow regulations introduced subsequent to their registration.

b) When there is doubt as to which degree or departmental regulations may be followed, the Academic Council of the School of Graduate Studies will decide which are the appropriate regulations.

c)  Notwithstanding these guidelines, the University may place limits on the time permitted to complete a programme under any given set of regulations. In addition, detailed scheduling of courses and/or work periods may be changed as the University deems appropriate or necessary.

7. Transfer of Course Credits

All such transfers require the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the head of the appropriate academic unit.

a) A student who has successfully completed graduate courses at Memorial University prior to admission to a graduate programme may apply to transfer appropriate courses to that programme, provided such courses have not been used to satisfy other degree requirements.

b) A student who has successfully completed graduate courses as part of one graduate programme at Memorial University, and who is subsequently admitted to another programme, may apply to transfer appropriate courses to the current programme, provided such courses have not been used to satisfy other degree requirements.

c) A student who has successfully completed graduate courses at another institution recognized by Senate may, on admission to a graduate programme at Memorial University, apply to transfer appropriate courses to the current programme, provided such courses have not been used to satisfy other degree requirements.

d) In programmes requiring a minimum of 12 credit hours or more, transfer of credit hours in graduate courses referred to in (a), (b) and (c) above shall not exceed 30% of the total number of credit hours required. In programmes requiring fewer than 12 credit hours, a maximum of three credit hours in graduate courses referred to in (a), (b) and (c) above shall be considered eligible for transfer.

e) Graduate courses referred to in (a), (b) and (c) above shall not be considered eligible for transfer if they have been completed more than seven years prior to the date of admission into the current programme.


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