44.23 Interdisciplinary




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.

44.23.1 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.

44.23.2 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.

  2. Normally, admission is offered for the Fall semester. The deadline for admission or readmission is January 15. Students applying for admission to the IDPhD must submit all required materials to the School of Graduate Studies on or before this deadline. Where circumstances permit, applications will be considered for the Winter and Spring semesters.

44.23.3 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 courses should reflect and address the research area(s) of the student’s thesis proposal and may also include INTE 902A/B. 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 General Regulations, Evaluation of Graduate Students 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 the student's 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 Regulations, Ph.D. and Psy.D. Comprehensive Examination, with the exception of 2.

  3. Thesis

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

44.23.4 Doctoral Internship

  1. The School of Graduate Studies allows doctoral students, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students, to undertake internships of work. Students approved to undertake an internship will be required to register for the Doctoral Internship course (INTE 6000). Students will be expected to obtain their own internships (with the help of supervisors when possible) and must have completed their comprehensive exams prior to starting their internships.

  2. Internships must be approved by the supervisor, Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and Head of the academic unit (in cases where INTE 6000 is approved for a doctoral student outside of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program). In cases where approval is granted, students must add INTE 6000 to their program of study and register using a Course Change form.

  3. The doctoral internships shall normally be one semester in duration and consist of a minimum of 420 hours of paid or unpaid work. Students undertaking the internship shall submit a concise report to their supervisors at the end of the semester while on internship. The report and performance in the internship shall be graded as pass/fail by the supervisor upon consultation with the on-site work supervisor. If a student fails to achieve a final grade of pass, and provided the student has not failed to achieve a grade of 'B' or better in any other program course, the student may request to repeat the internship or replace with a substitute course. Only one such repeat or substitution will be permitted in a student’s program. Students who drop an internship without permission, fail to honour an agreement to work with a host employer, or who conduct themselves in a manner as to cause their discharge from the internship position will normally be awarded a failed grade for the internship.

44.23.5 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students, as far as the resources of the participating Departments will allow.

  • 6000 Doctoral Internship
  • 7000-25 Special Topics
  • 902 A/B Interdisciplinary PhD Colloquium

The information on this site has been extracted from the Official 2023-2024 University Calendar. While every reasonable effort has been made to duplicate the information contained in the official University Calendar, if there are differences, the official Memorial University of Newfoundland Calendar will be considered the final and accurate authority.

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