PhD - Geography

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

Program description

Geography has been taught at Memorial since 1946 and was promoted to full department status in 1960. The MA and MSc degrees were introduced in 1970, and the PhD degree was added in 1992. Our mission statement is to cultivate a spirit of inquiry about the geography of the world around us through our teaching and research, and to provide our students with the analytical tools they need to investigate the issues that arise, as well as the ability to articulate their results.

Climatology, cultural, historical, and economic geography, geographic information systems, geomorphology, Quaternary studies, regional development, remote sensing, and resource management are all areas of graduate study. The physical and human settings of Newfoundland and Labrador offer several research opportunities. The province's easternmost coastline location in Canada provides an exciting environment for climate research and the impact of Quaternary climate changes on the physical landscape. The social and economic characteristics discovered for the Atlantic region offer a plethora of research options in demographic and migration patterns, resource sustainability, and rural development. Furthermore, the study of coastal and marine habitats has a lot of potential in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Laboratory facilities are available for study in geographic information sciences, geomorphology, and paleoenvironments. The University's Map Library houses a huge collection of maps and aerial images. Students who seek specialised resources or data for their study benefit from the Department of Geography's collaboration with different municipal, provincial, national, and international government agencies, as well as private and non-profit organisations. Furthermore, the Department of Geography makes use of the resources provided by the research institutes situated at Memorial University. The Institute of Social and Economic Research, the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, the Maritime History Archive, and the Labrador Institute are a few examples.

Program structure

Courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis are all part of the PhD programme. It usually takes four years of full-time education to finish.


  • Development of Geographical Thought and Practice I
  • Development of Geographical Thought and Practice II
  • Directed Readings in Geography
  • Research Techniques in A Selected Field of Geography I
  • Research Techniques in A Selected Field of Geography II
  • Geospatial Modelling and Analysis
  • Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
  • Economic Geography I
  • Economic Geography II
  • Sustainable Community and Regional Development
  • Conservation and Sustainability of Natural Resources
  • Survey Design, Questionnaire Development and Techniques of Data Collection
  • Problems in Fisheries Geography
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Glacial Geomorphology
  • Coastal Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Quaternary Geography
  • Biogeography
  • Cultural Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • Historical Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Advanced Computer Mapping
  • Graduate Seminar in Regional Geography
  • Special Topics in Geography


  • 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

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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