The candidacy exam for VMS PhD students will consist of a written and oral component. The student’s research proposal serves as the written component of the candidacy exam. In the VMS Graduate Program, the oral exam is based both on the written proposal and all relevant related topics assigned by the exam committee. Therefore, it is required that the oral candidacy is completed early in the student’s doctoral program, ordinarily by 18 months, but not later than 24 months after initial registration. The written component shall consist of maximum 20 page (double-spaced) document, excluding references and figures, and will include a relevant literature summary of the student’s field of study and description of proposed research. References, figures and appendices ordinarily should not exceed 15 pages. The oral exam should take place one week after submitting the written research proposal to the examining committee. The supervisor/co-supervisor will attend the exam, do not question the candidate, and serve as non-voting members.
The thesis examination for MSc and PhD degrees will consist of a public seminar immediately followed by an open oral examination. In the thesis examination, the supervisor(s) are full voting members of the examination committee.
Effective September 1, 2014, in addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies thesis examination requirements, Veterinary Medical Sciences program requires:
Scheduling of the Examination
All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student’s research, including a relevant written sample of the materials related to the thesis, before an examination can be scheduled.
Composition of the Committee
The Internal Examiner must be external to the home program.