Doctoral Colloquium

The Doctoral Colloquium is a weekly lecture series organized by the Department of Music Research.  Upcoming colloquium events are posted online in the What's On section. An electronic announcement is sent out a week before each event.


  • To provide Ph.D. students with a supportive and stimulating environment to present their research and meet their PhD peers;
  • To offer unique opportunities to engage with research presented by guest lecturers and  McGill faculty members;
  • To encourage students to attend a variety of professional development workshops that serve as a forum in which students can seek advice on professional issues.

Attendance Requirements

As a Ph.D. student, you must attend four terms of colloquium.  Each term, you must attend 10 lectures:

  • Three lectures at the Doctoral Colloquium Series
  • Two student presentation sessions at the Doctoral Colloquium Series
  • Two professional development workshops of an hour or more (through the Skillsets website)
  • Three additional lectures at the Doctoral Colloquium Series or from the supplemental list of approved lectures (Doctoral recital may count for 1 attendance).

Logging your Attendance

When attending the Friday Doctoral Colloquium:

  • Sign the attendance sheet distributed by the instructor at each presentation. 

When attending other lectures from the approved list:

Return the signed sheet within ten days to the Doctoral Colloquium Coordinator, Chris Harman and no later than one week after the last day of class each term.

Presentation Requirement

PhD students must do a presentation on their thesis research at the Colloquium during the course of their doctoral studies.  It is imperative that you contact the coordinator at the beginning of the academic year (Fall) in order to secure your spot for the Fall OR Winter semester. Students will be provided with written feedback by their peers and the coordinator  that focus on how to further polish their presentation skills. 

Evaluation is based on a Pass/Fail system.  Excused absences must be accompanied with an official written note (e.g. medical excuse).  All other absences will be marked as unexcused if not replaced by another event approved by the instructor.

Please direct any questions regarding scheduling concerns, course requirements, and attendance to the Series Coordinator, Chris Harman (chris.harman [at] (email)).