Overview
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The purpose of the PhD degree program is to educate individuals to become independent, reliable, and competent research scientists.

The PhD degree of the University of Prince Edward Island requires the demonstration of a reasonable mastery of a concentrated field of study.

The latter is attested to by the achieving of satisfactory standings in each of a minimum of five graduate courses, the completion of a research project, and the writing of a thesis based upon the research.

Course Structure

Students will register in one of the academic departments of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and in one of the designated areas of specialization:

Department of Biomedical Sciences 

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Cell Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Endocrinology

Department of Health Management 

  • Animal Science and Animal Nutrition
  • Epidemiology/Health Management
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Biostatistics
  • Public Health
  • Animal Welfare

Department of Pathology and Microbiology

  • Bacteriology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Morphologic Pathology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Wildlife Pathology
  • Public Health
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Biosecurity

 

Depending on the individual thesis topic, projects could involve one or more of several species of animals. There will be considerable interaction and cooperation among the departments, with other universities in the region, and with government research laboratories to provide courses and research facilities to meet the needs of individual students and their research projects.

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Graduate Science Admission?

In the following it must be understood that the standard of reference is the typical Canadian university curriculum and university system.

Admission to a graduate degree program as a regular student is granted, on recommendation of the Department concerned, to:

i. the holder of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or a four-year honours or majors baccalaureate or its equivalent, as set out below; or

ii. a student who has satisfied the requirements for transfer from provisional student category as described below.

The minimum requirement for admission to graduate studies in the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Medicine is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent; or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree, or equivalent, normally of four years’ duration, in an honours or majors program or equivalent from a recognized university or college, the applicant having achieved an average of at least second-class (“B,” i.e., 70% to 79.9%) standing in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please review the English Language Requirements for graduate programs.

Faculty Members
Your mentors. Our professors.

UPEI has about 250 faculty—exceptional scholars, teachers, and mentors, with more being hired each year as we open new, progressive, and unique programs. But the story isn’t just in the numbers. It’s in the quality of our people. Award-winning faculty from around the globe have made UPEI home. Here, you’ll learn directly from these world-class professors and researchers in small classes where you’ll have easy access to them.

Fees and Funding
PhD in Veterinary Medicine Tuition

Tuition

PhD in Veterinary Medicine - $12,402 per 3 year program
International students pay $7,176 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.