Under this option four of the six required one-term courses, including the Master’s Seminar, must be completed within the first two academic terms in residence in the Centre. After successful completion of these two terms of coursework, the candidate will spend one year (three terms) working in an industrial or governmental laboratory. Registration in the Co-operative Option commits students to the acceptance of employment either through a regular interview procedure organized by the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services, or, where their interests are best served, on an assignment that the Centre may determine. On completion of the work year, a student will be required to submit a work report which will be evaluated by the Centre and the Co-operative Education and Career Services Department. During the work-terms, the student is paid by the host organization a salary that is based on the student’s experience and the host’s salary scale. When the student returns to the campus following the work term he/she will find a supervisor. The research project chosen need not bear any relation to the job experience. The student will complete any graduate courses which are needed, a seminar on their research topic, the oral comprehensive examination and complete and defend a thesis.
A student is eligible to apply for admission to the PhD Co-operative option if he/she has a first class Honours Bachelor of Science degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited university and is restricted to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.