Sep 28, 2023  
University of Alberta Calendar 2022-2023 
University of Alberta Calendar 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences (Paediatrics)

Program Requirements

Students in the PhD program are required to complete a minimum of 6 units in coursework and a thesis.

Required courses:

  • PAEDS 600 (3 units)
  • 3 units in graded graduate-level courses according to the area of concentration and based on recommendations from the supervisor and the supervisory committee.
  • Students entering the PhD program after a BSc degree are required to complete an additional 6 units in graded graduate-level courses.
  • Further coursework may be required depending on the undergraduate background of the student.
  • Students in the Maternal and Child Health (MatCH) scholarship program are also admitted to the Graduate Embedded Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Research. See Medical Sciences  for the program requirements and the MatCH website for more information on the program.


  • Registration in 900-level THES

PhD Proposal

All PhD students must submit a PhD Proposal Package to the Medical Sciences Graduate Program (MSGP) committee within 24 months of the start of the graduate program. The proposal must be approved prior to the candidacy exam.

Candidacy Exam

Once the PhD proposal is approved, the candidacy exam should take place within the following 6 months.

Residence Requirement

PhD students must be registered full-time on campus for a minimum of 24 consecutive months.

Length of Program

Time to completion depends on the background of the student and on the type of thesis project. A minimum of 36 months is required to complete the PhD degree.

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.