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Ph.D. Graduate Program in Craniofacial Health Sciences

Research and expertise among our professors extends beyond Dental Sciences. Our Faculty includes engineers and material scientists repairing bone defects of the cranium, neuroscientists studying neurological diseases and pain, and biochemists and cell biologists investigating extracellular matrix proteins and enzymes.

Ad Hoc Program with Thesis

For the Ad Hoc PhD in Craniofacial Health Sciences, our objective is to provide the trainee with a complete and thorough opportunity to become a research scientist, to expose the trainee to the highest quality research methods and techniques in his/her field, as well as to provide an environment that fosters informed and critical thinking. In addition, we aim to provide our students with an appreciation for the value of multidisciplinary collaborations. For those in the ad hoc PhD program, we aim to train students to: 1) perform a complex literature and citation review, 2) manage data and understanding federal/international guidelines for data recording and security, 3) apply proper ethics involved in animal, human tissues, and/or human research, 4) identify important issues, and available and missing information in his/her field, 5) design and carry out a series of scientific studies that will form a cohesive set of data for scientific dissemination, 6) express oneself clearly in science (when speaking and writing), 7) work independently and creatively, 8) be a team player and a leader, 9) generate new knowledge and publish it, and 10) commit to a career in science.

The program must be developed by the applicant in conjuction with his or her supervisor. Before the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office will authorize the admission of a student into an Ad Hoc program, the program itself must receive a favourable report from the relevant departmental committee.

Candidates, through a supervisor in the academic department most closely related to their research field, must submit

  • a research proposal,
  • an outline of the course work required, including a Comprehensive Examination (for Doctoral programs) in the relevant field, and
  • the list of four supervisory committee members.

Once the program has been approved, the candidate may register by following all of the regular procedures. A full description of the admission procedure is available on the Future Graduate Students website.

Admission requirements

In brief, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements in order to be accepted into the PhD program:

  1. He or she must find a supervisor who will agree to oversee their work. Click here for a complete list of potential research supervisors in the Faculty of Dentistry.
  2. The applicant must be accepted by the office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) via the standard application procedures. He or she must have a Master's degree in a relevant discipline with a minimim CGPA of 3.0. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree and CGPA of at least 3.5 may also be admitted directly into the PhD program. An applicant whose CGPA score is below the minimuim McGill standards for graduate admission may be admitted to the program in exceptional circumstances. It is also possible for students currently enrolled in a Master's program to transfer to the PhD.
  3. Those applicants whose previous studies were completed in a language other than English must alsosubmit proof of English language proficiency. See the language proficiency requirements for more information.