PhD - Earth Sciences

4 years
17,988 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador offers one of Canada's largest and most diverse Earth Science departments. The department can offer high-quality graduate degree programmes because it has 20 faculty members, 17 staff personnel, and cutting-edge teaching and research facilities. Graduates of the Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University have gone on to positions in academia, government, and the commercial sector.

The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is an ideal natural laboratory for studying Earth Sciences, and many of our courses include fieldwork. The geology that may be studied in Newfoundland and Labrador is unprecedented, spanning a substantial portion of Earth's history. Our department's long-standing and good reputation stems in part from its proximity to world-class geology.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University has strong linkages to the mining and petroleum industries in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Leading petroleum and mineral exploration businesses recruit at Memorial University every year because of the exceptional education and training our students get and take with them around the world.

Program structure

  • Graduate Internship in Earth Sciences
  • Physics of the Solid Earth
  • Crustal Geophysics
  • Changes in Global Paleoenvironment
  • Tectonic Regimes
  • Engineering and Environmental Geology
  • Chemical Fluxes in the Earth
  • Paleoecology

The PhD programme  includes courses, a comprehensive test, and a thesis. The PhD degree can be obtained in four years of full-time study.


  • 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’s degree in an appropriate area of study.

Earth Sciences is a very broad discipline with strong ties to cognate areas such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. Some of the most interesting research takes place at the interfaces with these other disciplines. Although most of our graduate students have prior degrees in Earth Sciences, this is not always the case. For example, physics or mathematics students often find relevant thesis projects in geophysics; biology students in paleontology; chemistry students in geochemistry or mineralogy. Well qualified and motivated students from other backgrounds are encouraged to contact faculty members to discuss possible thesis projects.

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

Read more about Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

PhD Earth Sciences degree
PhD Earth Sciences Canada
PhD Earth Sciences admission
PhD Earth Sciences tuition fees
PhD Earth Sciences Memorial University
PhD Earth Sciences review
Contact the school
Do you want to know more about PhD - Earth Sciences? Fill out the form and a representative of the educational institution will contact you.