University of Victoria
Dept. of History
P.O. Box 3045 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3P4
America, Asia, Britain, Canada, and Europe
The graduate program requires attendance at formal courses and the presentation and defence of a thesis or dissertation. Courses will reflect both student interest and the diversity of the discipline. Students are normally admitted for study in September.
Special Programs or Resources
The department's faculty is affiliated with several national and campus-based research groups, including the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI), the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.
The university library contains over 1.9 million volumes, over 2.2 million items on microfilm, and more than 64,000 records and tapes. Graduate students also have access to the BC Archives, which houses manuscripts relating to British Columbia and printed materials relating to BC, the Prairie Provinces, and the Pacific Northwest.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies awards a limited number of University Fellowships on a university-wide competitive basis. Fellowships were worth up to $15,000 (Master's) and up to $18,000 (PhD) for the 2009-10 academic year. The Department also awards scholarships on a competitive basis. No special form is required but students seeking a Fellowship must complete their application for admission by January 15. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for grants and fellowships from a number of other agencies including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Maritime Awards Society of Canada Graduate Fellowships; Commonwealth Scholarships; and Department of National Defence Scholarships. Students entering UVic with a SSHRC grant will automatically receive an additional President's Research Award. The Department employs a number of teaching assistants, but funds are limited.
Admission to the PhD program normally requires a Master's degree with a minimum average of A- in graduate courses. The PhD program normally requires one year of course work (7.5 units comprised of 5 one-term courses, combining geographical and topical fields) beyond the master's degree and reading for three comprehensive fields (a major field and two minor fields). The comprehensive fields are examined in the second year through a combination of written and oral evaluations. To qualify for graduation, PhD students are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language, other than English, which is acceptable to the department.
Last Updated: October 19, 2012