Program list & descriptions

Interdisciplinary program (INTD) ( Masters, Doctorate )

These programs involve the process of integrating knowledge, skills, data, ideas and insights from different domains of knowledge to examine a phenomenon that lies beyond the purview of a single area of knowledge and/or specific disciplines. Interdisciplinary research may also involve integrating research approaches from different domains or disciplines. The form of interdisciplinary graduate studies varies. Some programs focus on bringing two or more discrete disciplines together to address a research question. Other programs may focus on an interdisciplinary phenomenon or area of research that requires interdisciplinary knowledge development. The questions raised and explored by interdisciplinary research may lead to expanded knowledge about a phenomenon as well as new perspectives and/or areas of investigation for the disciplines themselves.

An individual interdisciplinary (INTD) degree program allows you to create your own academic program by combining interests in different fields of study.

Working with co-supervisors in at least two different academic units, you follow an individual program tailored to your own interests and designed in consultation with your supervisory committee. Or you may undertake interdisplinary studies as part of a regular existing program that is interdisciplinary in nature.

Individual interdisciplinary program

If you want to pursue research in an area not formally approved as a UVic graduate degree program, it's possible to have a unique and individual program approved for interdisciplinary study (INTD).

The INTD graduate adviser will be your key contact in Graduate Studies for the duration of your program. Be sure to contact them at before you start the process of applying for an INTD graduate program.

More information can be found in the current INTD Graduate Student Handbook.

Admission requirements

Admission deadlines

  • March 31 for September entry
  • September 30 for January entry
  • March 31 for May entry

Application procedure

The INTD Application must be submitted using the Graduate Admissions and Records On-Line Application System.  Instructions about the format and structure of the INTD Application are available here

Regular existing interdisciplinary programs

You may be interested in undertaking interdisciplinary studies as part of a regular existing program that is interdisciplinary in nature. These programs include:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Indigenous governance
  • Studies in policy and practice
  • Programs in cultural, social, and political thought (specifically English, history, political science or sociology)
  • Social dimensions of health

Interdisciplinary study with a research centre

You might want to enroll in a program within a regular academic unit and engage in interdisciplinary research supervised by a faculty member associated with a research centres.

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