Credits Requirements

A total of 5.0 credits plus a dissertation is required in fulfillment of the PhD.

  • 1.0 core course credit CLMD 6101 (Cultural Theory)
  • 1.5 credits in approved CLMD courses. Up to 0.5 credit may be taken in a related program, subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
  • 0.5 course credit CLMD 6900 (Research and Professional Development)
  • 2.0 comprehensive credits
  • Dissertation

Course Work

All courses taken for credit towards the degree must be at the 5000 or 6000 level. The additional 0.5 course credit may be taken in a related program and is subject to approval by the Graduate Coordinator. No more than 0.5 credit may be taken at the 5000 or master’s level.

Evaluation of course work will normally be based upon written papers, oral presentations, and other forms of examination as determined by the individual instructor. The PhD in Cultural Mediations is governed by the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. One of these requirements is that graduate students maintain a grade of not less than B- in all courses. Failure to do so can result in withdrawal from the program.

Language Requirements

Upon graduation, each student is expected to be proficient in one language (preferably French) in addition to English. Students will be expected to deal with all material that is their primary object of research in its original language.

Comprehensive Examinations

Students are required to pass two written comprehensive examinations (1.0 credit value each):

  • The first comprehensive will be a general examination of the broad range of cultural theory of the twentieth-century
  • The second comprehensive will be a discipline specific examination from one of the following four areas of specialisation chosen by the student (Literary Studies, Visual Culture, Musical Culture, Technology and Culture)


All students are required to complete a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree offered by the program. The thesis must be defended at an oral examination.

Guidelines and deadlines for Completion of PhD

Full-time PhD students are expected to complete their degree requirements within five calendar years regardless of any subsequent change of status to part-time. Students who undertake the program for part-time study must complete their degree requirements within nine calendar years. For more information, please refer to the  General Regulations of the Graduate calendar.