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Course Requirements

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All candidates must complete the program of courses as indicated below. In order to serve individual students' needs, specific courses will be determined by the direct supervisor in consultation with the Thesis Advisory Committee and the Graduate Committee. Students failing to demonstrate satisfactory performance in their graduate courses will be required to withdraw from the Graduate Program. Audits are not permitted in any Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Courses

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology and Immunology

The Ph.D. degree involves course work, a written and oral candidacy exam testing the student in modern areas of microbiology and immunology, and a thesis.  The research work reported in the thesis must represent the results of original scientific work. In addition to research, thesis, and seminar courses, Ph.D. students may be required to take additional courses before taking the oral comprehensive examination during the latter stages of the first year in the program. Students typically require 3-5 years to complete the program.
MICROIMM 9000A (Infection and Immunity)
MICROIMM 9100 (Effective Scientific Communication)
MICROIMM 9225Y (Seminar Course - This course will apply to all students entering directly in the Ph.D. program.)
MICROIMM 9250Y (Seminar Course)
MICROIMM 9350Y (Contemporary Issues in Microbiology and Immunology - Journal Club)
MICROIMM 9950Y (Candidacy Evaluation)

 

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Microbiology and Immunology

The Master's degree involves course work as well as a thesis.  The master's degree should be considered as certification of two attributes; familiarity with a body of knowledge in a specified number of fields and acquaintance with the methods of research which will permit at least a beginning of systematic and independent inquiry.  For the M.Sc. thesis, a completed project of original research is highly desirable, but not an absolute requirement.  However, it should be a competent report of the student's mastery of certain relevant techniques and their application to a specific problem.
Duration: recommended maximum of 2 years (No stipend and additional support will be guaranteed beyond two years).
MICROIMM 9000A (Infection and Immunity)
MICROIMM 9100 (Effective Scientific Communication)
MICROIMM 9200Y (Seminar Course)
MICROIMM 9300Y (Contemporary Issues in Microbiology and Immunology - Journal Club)
MICROIMM 9950Y (Candidacy Evaluation - applies to students transfering to the Ph.D. program)

 

NEW

One-Year Project and Course-Based Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Microbiology & Immunology

The Project and Course-Based Master's degree involves course work as well as an advanced research project working in a research laboratory with a faculty mentor. 
Students are responsible for their own tuition and living expenses.
Duration: one year (May 1 – April 30).

MICROIMM 9050Y* (Infection and Immunity 1yrMSc)
MICROIMM 9150A* (Scientific Comm 1yrMSc)
MICROIMM 9210Y* (Seminar course 1yrMSc)
MICROIMM 9700L (Literature Review 1yrMSc)
MICROIMM 9800Y (Research Project 1yrMSc)

*indicates courses with shared content with students enrolled in the conventional 2-Year MSc program

 


Training Courses
All graduate students must take the required training courses offered by the Department of Occupational Health and Safety or its equivalent at any of the affiliated institutes.  These courses should be taken during the first year in the graduate program.  In addition, students working with animals must take the corresponding training courses offered by the Department of Animal Care and Veterinary Services or its equivalent at any of the affiliated institutes.  Supervisors are responsible for ensuring training courses are taken.  Certificates of attendance to the courses will be kept with the students' records.

Advisory Committee

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It is the policy not only of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology but also the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that all full-time graduate students have an Advisory Committee composed of at least two faculty members in addition to their supervisor. Advisory committee members may be from another Department or even another University.

The committee must have formal meetings at least twice each academic year (September 1 - August 31). We suggest that it is most efficient in terms of effort and time for both the students and the advisory committee members that one of these meetings immediately follow the student's 9200y, or, 9225Y, or 9250y seminar.  The advisory committee members should attend the student's seminar.

The meetings provide a forum for the student not only to present completed experiments but more importantly to seek advice about technical problems, what directions might be most promising to pursue, etc.  Although two meetings per year are the minimum requirement, the student, supervisor or members of the Advisory Committee may suggest additional meetings (formal or informal) as deemed necessary.

These committee meetings are for the benefit of the student. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to schedule and keep track of all committee meetings. The Advisory Committee meetings must be documented by filling out a form that can be obtained from the link above.  It is also the student's responsibility to ensure that the completed form is returned to the Graduate Secretary after the meeting. The forms will be kept into the student's graduate file and will provide a useful source of specific information for monitoring the student's progress and for future recommendations.

Students not complying with the minimum requirement of meetings will not be eligible for internal awards and funding support.

Ph.D. THESIS PREPARATION AND THESIS DEFENSE

Guidelines for the preparation and format specifications of theses and details of the thesis defense are found in the calendar of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Consult this calendar for important deadline dates.

Link to School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thesis & Completion of Degree Requirements Deadlines

Two to three months before the student intends to submit the thesis for examination, please consult the Graduate Chair to ensure that the process of setting up an examination committee can be initiated correctly.

Prior to submission, the thesis must be read and approved to proceed to examination by the supervisor and at least one member of the advisory committee. The proposed examiners and date and time of the exam are to be arranged by the student's chief advisor (usually in consultation with the advisory committee members and the student). The student must hand in 3 thesis submission forms to the department office. Upload the thesis for examination to SGPS at the "Electronic Thesis and Dissertation" page.

Doctoral Thesis Forms for the departmental office

Doctoral Thesis Forms for SGPS

The graduate chair will then review and approve the thesis exam committee, date and time to go forward for final approval by School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The chair of the PhD oral examination, as well as its location, are selected by School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The Ph.D. examination is arranged by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and normally occurs 6 weeks after the date of submission to the Faculty.

 

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Microbiology and Immunology
 

M.Sc. THESIS PREPARATION AND THESIS DEFENSE

In the thesis the student should:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the current knowledge of the field.
  • Provide an acceptable rationale for the research problem, as a coherent project (i.e., not a series of exercises).
  • Demonstrate that a reasonable amount of experimental work has been expended on the problem, beyond the mastery of analytical or technical skills.

Naturally, the thesis must conform to the rules provided in the most recent U.W.O. Guide for the Preparation of Theses.

Link to School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thesis & Completion of Degree Requirements Deadlines for M.Sc. Students

Two to three months before the student intends to submit the thesis for examination, please consult the Graduate Chair to ensure that the process of setting up an examination committee can be initiated correctly.

Prior to submission, the thesis must be read and approved to proceed to examination by the supervisor and at least one member of the advisory committee. The proposed examiners and date and time of the exam are to be arranged by the student's chief advisor (usually in consultation with the advisory committee members and the student). It is your responsibility to ensure that the external examiner is a member of SGPS and is eligible to fulfil the required duties. The student must hand in the 4 thesis submission forms to the department office.

Master's Thesis Forms for the departmental office

Master's Thesis Forms for SGPS

The graduate chair will then review and approve the thesis exam committee, date and time to go forward for final approval by School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The chair of the M.Sc. oral examination, as well the location of the exam, will be selected by the M&I graduate chair.

The Departmental deadline for submission of the thesis for examination is one week prior to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies deadline for submission of Examining Boards. The dates change on a term basis and students are instructed to consult the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to determine the actual deadline.
SGPS timelines calendar: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/thesis/timelines.html

Submission:
The student must hand in 3 thesis submission forms to the department office. Upload the thesis for examination to SGPS at the "Electronic Thesis and Dissertation" page.

Examination : The oral examination normally occurs four weeks after submission of the thesis for examination. Under no circumstances will an oral examination be scheduled in less than 15 working days after the thesis submission. Details of the examination and defense processes can be found on the homepage of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students are reminded that two Advisory Committee Meetings are required per year.

1st: between January 1 - June 30
2nd: between July 1 - December 31

 

SGPS General Information Calendar: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/regulations/1.html#01


 

Exit from the Program

At the completion of the program, the student should provide the Graduate Secretary with the following information:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A forwarding address
  • Future position

Graduate students who perform below expectations may be requested to withdraw from the Program by the Chair of the Graduate Committee.

Students may choose to withdraw and this must be done in writing to the Graduate Chair explaining the reasons for the withdrawal. The content of the letter will remain confidential.

Under special circumstances (and only according to the regulations of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies), students may be granted a leave of absence.

Appeals process

  A committee of two faculty and one graduate student will hear appeals. Members of this committee will be elected by the faculty every year, and must not have conflicts of interest. In case of a conflict of interest the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee (or the Department Chair, as appropriate) will appoint ad hoc members.

Proceedings of the committee will be confidential.

Grades or matters related to graduate courses must first be appealed to the course coordinator. Matters related to the PhD Candidacy Evaluation must be appealed to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Students must submit their appeal in writing within 6 weeks of the event under appeal to the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee (or, if that person is involved in the event, to the Chair of the Department). This letter should explain the basis for the appeal and include any supporting documentation.

The chair will inform the Appeals Committee, and provide it with all documentation received. The committee will hold a meeting to discuss the case. It may decide to request further documentation or meetings with the principals as deemed fit. The appellant must be notified of, and given a chance to rebut, any documentation that mitigates against him/her.

If the committee decides that a formal hearing is warranted, procedures laid out by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be followed.

Legal counsel is not permitted, but a colleague who is a graduate student of the same division may accompany the student.

After reaching a decision, the committee chair must provide a written report including reasons for the decision. This will be provided to the principals and to the chair of Graduate Studies and the Department within 6 weeks of receiving the written appeal.

Only two levels of appeal are available within the Department. Further appeals must be to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

More information regarding appeals is available from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

 

Student Housing Information

The University provides accommodations for approximately 33 per cent of the non-London student enrollment through its residences for single and married students. Although there is no "Traditional Style" graduate students residence as such, graduate are accommodated in the various University residences for single students as well as University apartments.

For further information write directly to:

Residence Admissions Manager
Room 150, Lambton Hall
University of Western Ontario
1421 Western Road
London, Ontario N6A 4W4

The University has recently established married student accommodation in its modern Platts Lane Estates. Application forms and further information on this housing may be obtained from:

The Manager
Platts Lane Estate Inc.
536 Platts Lane
London , Ontario
N6G 3A8

For more information visit the Division of Housing and Food Services Home Page .

 

Graduate Course Health and Wellness Insert for Graduate Course Outlines

As part of a successful graduate student experience at Western, we encourage students to make their health and wellness a priority. Western provides several on campus health-related services to help you achieve optimum health and engage in healthy living while pursuing your graduate degree.  For example, to support physical activity, all students, as part of their registration, receive membership in Western’s Campus Recreation Centre. Numerous cultural events are offered throughout the year. Please check out the Faculty of Music web page http://www.music.uwo.ca/, and our own McIntosh Gallery http://www.mcintoshgallery.ca/.  Information regarding health- and wellness-related services available to students may be found at http://www.health.uwo.ca/

Students seeking help regarding mental health concerns are advised to speak to someone they feel comfortable confiding in, such as their faculty supervisor, their program director (graduate chair), or other relevant administrators in their unit.  Campus mental health resources may be found at http://www.health.uwo.ca/mental_health/resources.html

To help you learn more about mental health, Western has developed an interactive mental health learning module, found here: http://www.health.uwo.ca/mental_health/module.html. This module is 30 minutes in length and provides participants with a basic understanding of mental health issues and of available campus and community resources.  Topics include stress, anxiety, depression, suicide and eating disorders. After successful completion of the module, participants receive a certificate confirming their participation.


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