Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering currently has over 80 PhD students from across the globe actively engaged in coursework and research under the supervision of world-class researchers.
The doctoral (PhD) program is designed to develop the candidate's ability for independent and original research work leading to significant advancement of knowledge in the fields of electrical engineering or computer engineering.
The PhD program consists of a minimum of 6 or 15 units of coursework depending on whether the student is admitted with an MASc degree or is transferred to a PhD program from an MASc program, plus the ELEC 693 Candidacy Examination of 3 units, plus the ELEC 699 PhD Dissertation of 30-36 units. In addition to the minimum units of coursework stated, the PhD program requires 1 unit for the ELEC 609 Seminar course.
For further information on the curriculum and degree requirements please refer to the University of Victoria Academic Calendar.
Standard tuition fees for doctoral degrees
The minimum regular program fee for a PhD degree is 7.5 tuition installments. For example, in the case of a full time student, the minimum regular program fee is assessed in seven regular full tuition installments followed by one regular half tuition installment. One (1) additional regular full tuition installment will be assessed if a student remains registered for one additional term after 7.5 regular full tuition installments have been paid. One additional regular half (.5) tuition installment will be assessed if a student remains registered for an additional term beyond 8.5 regular tuition installments have been paid (for a total of 9.0 installments).
|Full fee installment, per term||1,786.10||2,125.30|
|Half fee installment, per term||893.05||1,062.60|
For current and up-to-date fees please see the UVic tuition schedule.
Graduate student support funding
Students registered in research-based programs (MASc or PhD) may be offered a graduate student support payment (GSSP) by the faculty member who will act as their supervisor. However, any offer of a GSSP is subject to the supervisor’s available research funds. GSSP’s are subject to the availability of each supervisor's own research funds and to the student’s academic performance.
University of Victoria Fellowship
All PhD students registered full time are considered for a fellowship, based on qualifying GPA.
- Canadian and international students are eligible upon entry and/or in their second year of studies.
- The minimum requirement for consideration is an A- average on the last two years of course work for new students and on the last year for existing students.
- Meeting the minimum eligibility does not guarantee you will receive a fellowship.
More information about awards and funding can be found at the awards & funding page.
To receive the co-op designation on their diploma, PhD students must complete three work terms.
Through the co-operative education program (co-op), students may alternate terms in class with paid work terms in positions related to their fields of study.
Graduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may join the co-op program with the permission of their academic supervisor.
For further information on graduate co-op please see the graduate co-op page.
Forms can be found at the Graduate Admissions and Records Office. However, below are direct links to forms used often within our department:
- Graduate course change form
- Leave of absence with permission request
- Pro forma / directed study
- Request for candidacy extension
- Request for oral examination
- Request for non-thesis oral examination
- Request for program extension
- Withholding form
More student resources are available.