Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
17.8 Humanities
  • Assistant Professor and Director, Board of Studies
  • J. Dyer

The Master of Philosophy in Humanities has been designed for students from any discipline. It is directed to students who hold an Honours bachelor's Degree or its equivalent. The object of the M.Phil. in Humanities program is to provide students with an opportunity to see the historical and logical context of their own disciplinary points of view. The program is based on the interaction of a group of students of varying backgrounds and interests studying a common core of texts in a shared set of courses.

The program draws scholarly participation from faculty members in a range of academic disciplines within the School of Graduate Studies. The program is administered by a Board of Studies with membership appointed by the Dean of Arts, chosen from the participating faculty.

Master of Philosophy

In addition to meeting these regulations students musts also meet the General Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Philosophy.

This program is offered by the Faculty of Arts, and will draw scholarly participation chosen from those appropriately qualified faculty members wishing to participate, regardless of Department or Faculty affiliation.

17.8.1 Qualifications for Admission
  1. Admission is limited and competitive. The number of students admitted to the program will be strictly limited to ensure small classes and maximum student-faculty contact. To be considered for admission an applicant will normally hold an Honours Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) from an institution recognized by the Senate, and will have a breadth of knowledge in one or more of the Humanities disciplines satisfactory to the Board of Studies, and to the Dean.

  2. Applicants who do not hold an Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be required to complete, prior to admission, a number of undergraduate courses, the nature and number of which will be determined on the basis of the applicants' undergraduate record by the Director of Studies in consultation with the Board of Studies. Candidates will be required to complete such designated pre-admission courses with a minimum overall average of 70%.

17.8.2 Administration
  1. The program will be administered by a Board of Studies, the members of which will be appointed by the Dean of Arts chosen from the participating faculty.

  2. There will be a Director of Studies who will be an ex officio of the Board of Studies and will make recommendations to the Dean concerning admission, financial support for students, and all other matters pertaining to the program.

  3. Responsibility for the allocation of teaching and the support of related research will be managed by agreement between the Deans of the appropriate Faculties, the Heads of Departments of participating faculty members, and the Director of Studies, in consultation with the Dean of Graduate Studies.

  4. The Board of Studies will be empowered to secure external grant funding where appropriate, and to manage all related administrative and financial matters as necessary.

17.8.3 Program of Study
  1. Every candidate shall normally read 30 credit hours in the 10 regulation courses listed below.

  2. With permission of the Director of Studies, a candidate may elect to substitute up to two of these courses with courses from other graduate programs in this University. Attendance in other programs requires the permission of the departments involved. (See also School of Graduate Studies General Regulation Program Requirements, Transfer of Course Credits which allows for further transfer of credits already taken but not yet applied to a graduate degree.)

  3. Every candidate shall be required to maintain and submit a program Journal which will be monitored and evaluated by the Board of Studies. The Journal will comprise the candidate's critical reflections arising out of analyses of designated key themes common to the several disciplines which constitute the program.

17.8.4 Comprehensive Examination
  1. Each candidate must pass a general comprehensive examination.

  2. The Examination Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Board of Studies. The Committee shall normally consist of three members. One member of the Committee is normally the tutor. The candidate shall be informed of the names of the committee well before the examination.

  3. The candidate and the tutor will normally agree when the candidate may sit the general comprehensive examination. However, the Board of Studies must accede to the candidate's request to sit a comprehensive examination, except that in no circumstances may a candidate attempt the general comprehensive examination before his or her course program is completed.

  4. The schedule for the examination shall be agreed by the candidate, the tutor, and the Examining Committee, and shall be promulgated by the Dean.

  5. The examination shall consist of a written part and an oral part. The time between the written and the oral parts shall normally be from one to four weeks.

  6. The program journal is an extended paper or series of linked papers which analyses and reflects critically on issues encountered by the candidate during the course of the program. Papers and/or projects completed during courses may be incorporated into the program journal, but shall not, of themselves, constitute the entire journal.

  7. The oral examination shall be from one to three hours in length, shall be conducted by the Examining Committee, and shall be open only to the Examination Committee, members of the Board of Studies and members of the Departments concerned.

  8. A candidate must satisfy the Examining Committee in both parts of the examination to obtain a pass.

  9. The successful completion of the comprehensive examination is the final academic requirement for the Master of Philosophy Degree.


  • 6000 Speaking and Writing I
  • 6001 Speaking and Writing II
  • 6010 Readings in History I
  • 6011 Readings in History II
  • 6020 Readings in Western Literature I
  • 6021 Readings in Western Literature II
  • 6030 Readings in Philosophy I
  • 6031 Readings in Philosophy II
  • 6040 Readings in Science and Technology
  • 6041 Seminar in Humanities