Interdisciplinary PhD

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The Interdisciplinary PhD program is designed to meet the needs of an increasing number of highly motivated, experienced, and highly qualified students looking for research opportunities which cut across disciplinary boundaries. In some cases, the research incorporates the insights of two or three traditional disciplines; in others the research itself is in an interdisciplinary field such as environment, health administration, international development, or information management.

Length of Program

  • PhD - typical time to complete is 3-4 years

Interdisciplinary Areas

The following interdisciplinary areas are particularly well represented at the university (the main relevant Faculties are indicated in parentheses): Ocean Studies (Science, Arts & Social Sciences, Law, Management, Engineering); Health Studies (Health Professions, Medicine, Science); Environmental Studies (Management, Health Professions, Architecture and Planning, Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Law); Management Studies (Management, Health Professions, Law, Arts and Social Sciences); and Health Informatics (Computer Science and Medicine).

Admission Requirements

Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note this department requires all applicants to have an average of least A-. A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 600 (or the equivalent score on a comparable test) is required of applicants whose native language is not English.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines are February 1st for a September start, or October 1st for a January or May start.

Contact Information

Subject Code: INTE
Tel: 902-494-8078
Address: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building
6299 South Street, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 4H6
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Peter Tyedmers
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