Memorial University of Newfoundland

Graduate Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland

Earth Sciences - Doctorate


School of Graduate Studies

Elzabeth Avenue

St. John's, NF


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.-Geology; Ph.D.-Geophysics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Memorial University of Newfoundland has one of the largest and most diverse Earth Science departments in Canada. With 30 faculty members, 15 staff members, and leading-edge teaching and research facilities, the department is able to offer high quality graduate degree programs. Graduates of Memorial’s Earth Sciences department have gone on to careers in academia, government, and the private sector. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is an excellent natural laboratory in which to study Earth Sciences and many of our courses have field-based components. The cross section of geology that can be studied in Newfoundland and Labrador is unparalleled and spans a large part of Earth’s history. Our department’s long-standing, excellent reputation is, in part, due to its close proximity to this world-class geology. Our faculty and their students and post-doctoral fellows are engaged in applied and basic research projects in virtually all major areas of Earth sciences throughout the world. Some faculty are engaged in research in the offshore of Newfoundland and Labrador, in marine and petroleum geology, and in exploration geophysics as it pertains to oil and gas resources. Others are researching mineral resource development and environmental issues in the Province and elsewhere. The Earth Sciences department at Memorial University maintains close ties to the mining and petroleum industries of Canada, the USA, and elsewhere. Each year, leading petroleum and mineral exploration companies recruit at Memorial University because of the excellent education and training our students receive, and have taken with them throughout the world. Many of our graduate students also find government and industry employment opportunities during the summer within the province and elsewhere in Canada. The Earth Sciences Department offers both MSc and PhD degrees in Geology and Geophysics. All graduate degrees require a research-based thesis.

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL: English Proficiency min score: 550 paper-based score / 213 Computer-based score / 80 Internet-based score IELTS: Band 6.5 or higher
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