Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pathology

Pre-requisite for acceptance into this program is a MSc degree in Pathology or other Life Sciences field or an MD degree with research experience. Students entering from a BSc would first enter the MSc program but could transfer to PhD before completing the MSc provided that the student had made satisfactory progress and the project had sufficient scope and depth.

Students enrolled in the PhD Pathology program are expected to complete 12 credit hours of course work plus a Comprehensive Exam and Thesis. Program requirements for PhD are:

  • PATH 5091.03: Pathology Research Seminar Series
  • PATH 5000.03: General Pathology 
  • PHDP 8000.00: Comprehensive Exam
  • PATH 9530.00: PhD Thesis
  • 6 credit hours of graduate level elective

Other courses may be required depending upon the background of preparation of the student, the nature of their thesis or the student's career goals.

Candidates are required to participate as appropriate in a weekly series of seminars or journal clubs in immunopathology, laboratory medicine or molecular pathology/genetics.

PhD students are required to pass both a written and oral comprehensive examination within 18 months starting their PhD, but the most significant requirement is the preparation and oral defense of the thesis describing an extensive original investigation.

The minimum time requirement for PhD study is two years for students with a MSc or three years for those transferring from a MSc program.