MASc and PhD Thesis Examination

RMCC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Regulations and procedure

Thesis examinations follow the procedure described in Regulation 6.6 of the Calendar, with additional requirements as described below.

Committee selection

When a thesis is ready for examination, the supervisor proposes appropriate Examination Committee (Committee) candidates as acknowledged expert, internal, and internal-external examiners. A cross-appointed faculty member from another department may be used as the internal-external examiner.

The acknowledged expert, formerly referred to as external examiner, must meet certain criteria as defined in Regulation 6.6 of the Calendar:

Once appropriate candidates have been selected, the supervisor sends a completed Formation of Thesis Examination Committee form to the Chair of the ECE Graduate Studies Committee (GSC).

The Division of Graduate Studies and Research will review and approve the Committee, possibly with changes, and appoint a chair for the examination.

Arms-length requirement for doctoral thesis examinations

The acknowledged expert for a PhD thesis must be at arms-length to the College, as defined below.

For a PhD examination, arms-length means that the acknowledged expert examiner, in relation to the supervisor: must not be a close friend, must not be a regular and current collaborator, must not be a former colleague, and must not have been supervised recently by. In addition, the external examiner must nowt have been a visitor or teacher for some time at RMC.

The supervisor may request an exception to the “arms-length” rule.

Scheduling of the examination

Note that regulation 6.6 requires the supervisor to ensure that an examination copy of the thesis to each member of the Committee three weeks prior to the proposed examination date for a PhD thesis and two weeks prior to the examination date for master's thesis. The supervisor is responsible for selecting an examination time suitable to the committee members.

More information

For more information about our graduate program, please contact the Chair of the ECE Graduate Studies Committee, Dr Mostafa Hefnawi.

Any suggestions for updates or improvements to this page should be directed to Dr Sylvain Leblanc.

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