PhD Degree Requirements

PhD Research Streams in STS
At UBC, PhD study in STS is achieved via research streams inside the PhD programs of the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Geography. A student enters the appropriate departmental PhD program and declares an intention to study within the STS research stream. Thus, any given student must fulfill the requirements of the Department in which they are studying, but must also complete the following additional requirements:

  • STS 501 (3): Proseminar in Science and Technology Studies
  • STS 502 (3): Core Seminar in Science and Technology Studies
  • STS 598 (3): PhD Colloquium in Science and Technology Studies

In addition each student must do a qualifying or comprehensives exam or paper (depending on departmental regulations) in STS and must write a dissertation in a field the program recognizes as STS. The PhD supervisory committee must contain at least one faculty member from outside the student’s home Department who is affiliated with the STS program.