Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
17 Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Philosophy

Programs leading to the degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) are offered at present in German Language and Literature, Humanities, and in Sociology.

17.1 Qualifications for Admission
  1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission an applicant shall hold a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent from an institution recognized by the Senate and shall have a knowledge of his or her proposed field of specialization satisfactory to the Department(s) concerned when interdisciplinary study is intended or to the Board of Studies in the case of the program in Humanities, and to the Dean.

  2. Preference will normally be given to applicants who hold an appropriate Honours Degree either from Memorial University of Newfoundland, or from another university whose Honours Degree is of comparable standing. Any other applicant who holds a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent will be considered for admission provided that:

    1. the applicant's undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in courses in the proposed field of specialization.

    2. the applicant's overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in all courses taken, and

    3. the Department or Board of Studies satisfies the Dean that the applicant's work exhibits evidence of academic excellence.

    Only in exceptional circumstances, and only on the recommendation of the Department or the Board of Studies, will the Dean consider applicants who do not meet the requirements a. and b. Such applicants, however, must meet the requirement c.

  3. An applicant may be required to demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the proposed field of study in an examination administered by the Department(s), or Board of Studies.

  4. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English are reminded that a high degree of literacy in English is required of students at the University. In most cases instruction is in English, and examinations are to be written in English. (Language departments, however, give instruction in the pertinent language and often require examinations to be written in that language. In addition, other departments may permit and even require examinations to be written in a language other than English).

  5. An applicant may be required to pass a qualifying examination.


Some Departments have particular regulations in addition to these, and applicants are advised to turn to the relevant parts of this Calendar and acquaint themselves with both the General Regulations and the regulations of the program in which they are interested.