PhD - Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences

4 years
17,988 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Corner Brook / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Food and water security, as well as sustainable forestry and agricultural practises, are becoming increasingly important. We've responded to the global appeal for boreal ecosystem expertise and understanding. At Memorial University's Grenfell Campus, you will have the opportunity to gain new technical knowledge and management skills, with a heavy emphasis on the science and economics of plant, soil, land, and water resources in the context of sustainable boreal agriculture and forestry.

Grenfell's new state-of-the-art Boreal Ecosystems Research Facility will be used for laboratory and field equipment, methodologies, and protocols. Under the direction of world-class experts, you will apply critical thinking to community-engaged research and innovation. You will gain practical experience in a boreal setting.

Program structure

  • Issues in Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences
  • Graduate Research Seminar
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for the Natural Sciences
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Agriculture and Forestry Economics
  • Management of Crop Nutrition
  • Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Plant Physiology
  • Chemical Speciation Modeling for Environmental Matrices
  • Soil Functions Soil as a Bioreactor
  • Environmental Soil Physics
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Advanced Groundwater Management
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation
  • Special topics in Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences


  • Tuition — 17,988 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

  • Master of Science (MSc) from an institution recognized by the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador Senate. In addition to agricultural sciences, biology, environmental science, earth sciences, ecology, and natural resources, applicants may come from a variety of academic disciplines. At least 75% cumulative weighted average (MUN grade system equivalent).
  • Ability to demonstrate originality, independence of thinking, advanced study, and independent research.
  • Applicants are required to attach a proposal as a supplementary document. It should not exceed two single-spaced pages and describe:
    • the reason and importance of the proposed research project,
    • the hypothesis and research objectives (or questions), and
    • the proposed research project's methodology.

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).

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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