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PhD Program

A completed PhD comprises coursework, qualifying exams, independent research and writing, and an oral defense. The Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies program is determined to make it possible for students to complete their degrees in four years, consistent with the funding that the program offers to all PhD students.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete three core courses (including SCCS 810, see below) and two Option Courses, a qualifying exam, and a Dissertation or Project. Students are allowed to take additional courses, upon consultation with the supervisor and Graduate Chair. 

Students should consult with their supervisor about course selection. All first-year PhD students must take SCCS 810.

Doctoral students with a Queen's M.A. in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies need only take two optional courses, plus SCCS 810. Their two courses will be drawn from the list of available courses, and determined in consultation with supervisor and/or program director.


The minimum funding guarantee for Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies PhD students is $22,000 per year, throughout years 1-4. The funding package is created from Queen’s Graduate Awards, Teaching Assistantships, and named internal Fellowships. All students in the program who qualify must apply for external awards (OGS, SSHRC and other sources). Queen’s will automatically issue a $10,000 award to incoming PhD students who have won federal government tri-council awards (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). For more information, see the School of Graduate Studies’ information on awards and scholarships.  This funding does not cover all living expenses, but rather covers the tuition and contributes to living expenses.