PhD in Community & Regional Planning

University of British Columbia

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Doctoral Degree
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


The SCARP PhD is primarily a research degree. Only candidates for whom a suitable Research Supervisor has been identified from among SCARP faculty are admitted to the Program. Doctoral students work under the guidance of a Supervisory Committee consisting of at least three faculty members, including the Research Supervisor. Students must satisfactorily complete course work, two comprehensive examinations (theory and substantive), a research prospectus, a two-year residency, and write and defend a PhD thesis to qualify for the UBC doctoral degree. Overall, PhD candidates should expect to spend at least 3 years in the completion of their degree requirements. Typical programs run 4-5 years.

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