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Degree Requirements

The general regulations and requirements of Trent University for graduate degrees apply to the MSc and PhD in Materials Science. The normal requirement for admission is an average of at least B+ (77%, GPA 3.3). The Graduate Programs Selection Committee will begin the selection process in the weeks following the application submission date of February 1. Applications received after this date will be accepted and considered for funding until all available positions/ spaces are filled. Students are normally admitted into the program once a year for studies beginning in the following September. Entrance to the program in January or May of any calendar year is considered on a case by case basis.

The formal requirements for the MSc degree in Materials Science are the following:

 

a. Each student must complete the core course MTSC  6010H.
b. Each student must complete either MTSC 6020H or MTSC 6140H.
c. Each student must attend and successfully complete the non-credit courses MTSC 6000H in the first year of the program and MTSC 6100H prior to their thesis defense.
d.  At least two additional one-term courses acceptable for graduate credit must be completed with at least a 70% final grade in each course. Normally, courses taken for credit are those designated as Graduate Courses within the program. One of the four courses may be a fourth-year undergraduate course, approved by the student’s supervisor and the graduate program director.
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Students must meet with their supervisory committee within the first six months of registration, and subsequently at least once every twelve months. The committee consists of the student’s supervisor and at least two other faculty members in the program; each supervisory committee must include at least one faculty member from each institution.

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An acceptable thesis on a research topic must be submitted. Detailed specifications of the format of the thesis are available from the Graduate Studies Office. Acceptance of the thesis requires the approval of an Examining Committee following an oral defence of the thesis. The Examining Committee for a Trent student normally consists of at least three faculty members: an external examiner, one supervisory committee member from UOIT, and the supervisor.

 

 

Applicants to the PhD program will normally have an MSc degree in an applicable discipline. The suitability of the applicant’s background will be assessed on a case by case basis. The formal requirements for the PhD degree in Materials Science are the following:

 

a. Each student must complete at least two one-term courses at the graduate level with at least a 70% final grade in each course.
b. Students must meet with their supervisory committee within the first six months of registration and subsequently at least once every twelve months. The committee consists of the student’s supervisor and at least two other faculty members in the program; each supervisory committee must include at least one faculty member from each institution.
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Each student must successfully complete an oral qualifying examination, normally at the beginning of their second year of study. This exam includes a written research proposal of approximately 10 pages describing the research to be undertaken, related previous literature and the primary techniques used in the research. The student will present their proposal to their supervising committee.

d. An acceptable thesis on a research topic must be submitted. Detailed specifications of the format of the thesis are available from the Graduate Studies Office. Acceptance of the thesis requires the approval of an Examining Committee following an oral defence of the thesis. The Examining Committee for a Trent student normally consists of at least three faculty members: an external examiner, one supervisory committee member from UOIT, and the supervisor.

 

Transferring from the MSc Program to the PhD Program

Materials Science MSc students may transfer directly to the PhD program after completing one academic year and their first progress report in the MSc program if the following conditions are met:

1) Completion of at least three courses in the master’s program with at least an A- average

2) Strong evidence of research ability as identified by the supervisory committee

For students who transfer, the minimum number of courses taken during their graduate work in the two programs must be six one-term courses. Details on the transfer process are available from the program office.