Ph.D. scholars will have to complete 6 courses for a total of 24 credits in their first year in residence. Generally, fieldwork will be carried out during semesters 3 and 4, with the option of extending it through another semester (i.e. 12 - 18 months). Scholars will typically spend 18 - 24 months (ie. 3 - 4 semesters) writing up their theses.