Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2014/2015)
31.20 Interdisciplinary
  • Assistant Professor and Director
  • J. Dyer

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary) is offered by part-time and full-time study.

The General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and the regulations outlined below will apply.

31.20.1 Administration
  1. The program shall be administered by a Director, together with the School of Graduate Studies Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Committee (ID Ph.D. Committee). Duties of this committee include recommendation of applications for acceptance into the program.

  2. The program of study of each student will be guided for the duration of the program by a Supervisory Committee of either three (3) or five (5) faculty members, appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the ID Ph.D. Committee at the time of admission.

    In addition, the Director shall be an ex officio member of each Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Supervisory Committee.

    Duties of this Committee shall involve supervising the overall program of study, including the recommendation of appropriate courses, the setting and scheduling of comprehensive examinations, advising on the development of a research proposal and thesis-writing and recommendation of thesis examiners.

    The Supervisory Committee is also responsible for recommending fellowship support to the ID Ph.D. Committee and to the Dean of Graduate Studies at the time of admission and throughout the student’s program.

  3. Normally, the “academic home” for the student is in the Department or faculty/school of the Chair of the Supervisory Committee.

31.20.2 Deadlines for Applications
  1. The deadline for Fall admission is March 1 for commencement in September, October 1 for commencement in January, and February 1 for commencement in May. Students seeking admission to the program should start preparing their admission file well in advance of the application deadline.

    Admissions shall be considered by the ID Ph.D. Committee and recommendations shall be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

31.20.3 Admission
  1. Prospective students should normally hold a Master’s Degree and have an excellent academic record. Applications for admission must include:

    1. Two letters of reference

    2. A detailed research proposal

    3. Letters expressing a commitment to the research project and to supervisory duties from three Memorial University of Newfoundland faculty members, one of whom is prepared to assume the role of Chair of the Supervisory Committee and at least one whose unit of primary responsibility is a Ph.D. granting unit.

    4. Letters of endorsement from the administrative heads of each of the units involved in the proposed program.

    5. A statement from the University Librarian indicating the adequacy of Library resources to satisfy the demands of the research program.

31.20.4 Program of Study
  1. Courses

    1. Students will normally be required to take 12-18 credit hours of courses to be determined by the Supervisory Committee. These must include at least one course from each participating discipline. Directed reading courses may be included to support the development of the thesis work.

    2. Where appropriate, extra language and/or methodology courses may be prescribed. See Evaluation, Evaluation of Graduate Students, 4. concerning language(s) requirement.

  2. Comprehensive Examination

    The scope and format of the comprehensive examination shall be determined by the Supervisory Committee in consultation with the student and in accordance with the needs of his/her particular program of study. Students will be required to take a comprehensive examination no later than the end of the seventh semester of study and after the completion of all required course work. Comprehensive examinations shall follow procedures in accordance with General Regulation, Comprehensive Examinations, Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination, with the exception of 2.

  3. Thesis

    1. Students must complete a thesis, examined and defended in accordance with General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. The thesis shall give evidence of the candidate’s ability to develop independent and original research.