The residency requirement of the university in which the student is registered must be satisfied. For UOIT's requirement, see residency requirements .
The normal length of time for completion of the MSc is expected to be five semesters. A sixth semester may be needed to complete the thesis. Students are expected to complete the program in consecutive semesters. All program requirements must normally be completed on site at UOIT or at Trent University.
Students must successfully complete MTSC 6010G - Physics and Chemistry of Materials , and MTSC 6020G - Advanced Topics in Materials Science or MTSC 6140G - Experimental Techniques in Materials Characterization . Each student must also attend and successfully complete the non-credit courses MTSC 6000G - Graduate Seminar in Science Communication I (non-credit) and MTSC 6100G - Graduate Seminar in Science Communication II (non-credit) in each fall and winter semester of the program.
In addition, at least two one-term courses acceptable for graduate credit must be completed with at least a B-minus (70 per cent) final grade in each course. Normally, courses taken for credit are those designated as graduate courses within the program. One of the four courses may be a fourth-year undergraduate course approved by the student's supervisor and the graduate program director.
The student must meet with his/her supervisory committee within the first six months of registration and subsequently at least once every six months. The committee consists of the student's research supervisor and at least two other faculty members in the program. Each supervisory committee must include at least one faculty member from each institution. While one meeting in a year must be a formal one, the other meeting may be held informally. In the latter case, in addition to the student and the supervisor, the meeting must involve at least one other member of the committee.
An acceptable thesis on a research topic must be submitted. Detailed specifications of the format of the thesis are available from the appropriate graduate office. Acceptance of the thesis requires the approval of an examining committee following an oral defence of the thesis.