Research-based programs include thesis-based programs and research master’s programs. Research master’s include a significant research component, and would normally be considered acceptable preparation for a PhD program. Some course-based MA and MSc programs are considered research master’s programs. These are designated as such in the program’s calendar entry.
Students registered in research master’s and doctoral programs will be considered full-time unless their program formally offers a part-time option, by listing the option under their respective program entry in this calendar, and approves the student for a part-time registration status on an annual basis.
It is understood that full-time students will normally work an average of 40 hours per week on program-related activities. Program-related activities include course work, systematic reading, laboratory or other research work related to the production of thesis proposals and/or defence of thesis and thesis proposals, field work, and study for candidacy examinations.