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

Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 units in coursework and a thesis.

Course requirements depend on the area of specialization and the undergraduate background of the student.


  • MMI 605 - Current Topics in Infection and Immunity  
  • At least two 3-unit graduate-level course
    • Course selection should be discussed with the supervisor
    • Selected courses may be taken from other departments
  • Students must participate each year and must register once for credit during the program in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology seminar course, MMI 501 .
  • Additional coursework may be required


  • Registration in 900-level THES. A candidate for the PhD degree must submit an acceptable thesis and defend it orally. The Department recommends the thesis be written in the traditional format.

Candidacy Exam

After completion of required coursework, students must pass a candidacy examination in order to continue in the program. The candidacy exam consists of a written research proposal and oral defense of that proposal. Students must complete MMI 605 prior to their candidacy exam. The candidacy exam must be completed within the first 30 months of the student’s program.

Ethics Requirement

Students must meet the FGSR Ethics and Academic Citizenship Training Requirement  through the completion of INT D 710  (for both master’s and doctoral students) and INT D 720  (for doctoral students) by the end of the first term of registration in their degree program.

Academic Standing Requirement

Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade less than B-.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is three years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of program

The time required to complete the program depends on the student’s background and the nature of the thesis project. Normally, a minimum of four years of full-time study and research is required for the PhD degree.

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