Students enrolled in the PhD (BEAS) program will be required to complete Issues in Boreal Ecosystems (BEAS 6000), a seminar course (BEAS 600A/B) (Appendix B), a comprehensive examination, a research seminar and a thesis. Students who have completed the course work for the MSc (BEAS) will not be required to re-take these two required courses. However, students may be required to take additional courses in consultation with the student’s thesis supervisory committee to fill the gaps related to the research project if required.
The comprehensive examination will be held upon completion of all course work, and no later than the seventh semester of the student’s program. The examination will be both written and oral. The candidate will be required to prepare a paper on the theoretical background of his or her research project. The comprehensive examination will cover material related to this paper as well as fundamental topics in the context of boreal ecosystems. The topic will be assigned by the Examination Committee, which also determines the submission date for the paper, and the date of the examination. The Graduate Officer will communicate the seminar topic and guidelines to the student six weeks, if possible, but not less than four weeks before the examination. This paper will form the basis of a public seminar. The Examination Committee will question the candidate about the paper, the topic and its broader relationship with Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences. Candidates will also be required to prepare and present one public seminar (to members of the SSE) on the topic of his/her thesis during the four year degree period. Students are required to submit a thesis19, present their final thesis to members of the SSE, and satisfactorily defend their thesis in an oral examination following the SSE presentation. The thesis is expected to be an original and substantial contribution to research in the areas of his/her relevant research project. The thesis examination committee will be comprised of: one external examiner (from outside MUN), one internal examiner (from a related program within MUN), two supervisory committee members, and a chair (drawn from BEAS program members who are not members of the supervisory committee).
The duration of the program will aim to be four years for full-time students. The program will be available on a full-time and part-time basis. The program will be delivered at the Grenfell Campus of MUN and courses will be offered by faculty in the respective disciplines as suggested by the supervisory committee. The make-up of the supervisory committees, comprehensive examination committees, and the nature of the seminar and other program requirements will be scheduled as outlined in the guidelines of the School of Graduate Studies of MUN.