Master of Science - Marine Biology

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The Department of Ocean Sciences has around 60 graduate students and 13 full-time, 2 Emeritus, 1 Honorary, and 2 cross-appointed academic members. Approximately 12 researchers from outside the university hold adjunct posts with the Department and contribute to the graduate programme as co-supervisors and supervisory committee members, many of whom work in government laboratories (agricultural, fishery, forestry, wildlife). The Department's strategic purpose is to provide high-quality educational and training opportunities, particularly at the graduate level. Our graduate students conduct research in physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, as well as biological and chemical oceanography, behavioural and population ecology, and aquaculture and fisheries.

The MSc curriculum consists of courses and a thesis that can be finished in two years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Graduate Core Seminar
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Adaptations to the Marine Environment
  • Plankton Dynamics
  • Fisheries Resource Management
  • Special Topics in Ocean Sciences


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

Students admitted to the M.Sc. Marine Biology program normally hold a biology B.Sc. (Honours) degree (or equivalent) with at least high second-class standing. All students are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and/or the one for Biology Students.

Acceptance for the Marine Biology graduate program depends on two other criteria apart from grades and educational background:

  • Ocean Sciences faculty member must agree to supervise the student. Applicants for graduate school therefore must have corresponded and made prior arrangements with one or more faculty members who are willing to
    • be the applicant’s graduate supervisor and
    • provide research and personal support.
  • adequate funds must be available for both personal and research support. The minimal level of personal support is set by the Ocean Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).
  • Please note that other equivalent tests acceptable to Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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