PhD - Mathematics and Statistics

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

Program description

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial University is one of the institution's youngest - half of our faculty were hired since 2005 - and most prestigious - 20% of us hold the university's top rank, University Research Professor. Although the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has offered graduate degrees for many years, there has been a surge in interest in these programmes over the last decade, adding valuable new voices to the Department's community of academics.

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computation, Analysis, Combinatorics, Topology, Applied Statistics, Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Models and Modeling / Numerical Optimization, Algebra, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Statistics, and Fluid Mechanics are among the research areas studied by our faculty and graduate students.

Graduate courses, a two-part comprehensive examination, and a thesis including the results of high-quality original research comprise the PhD programmes in Mathematics and Statistics. Students should be able to finish the PhD requirements in three to four years. Following the completion of the thesis, a final oral examination and thesis defence must take place.

Program structure


  • Dynamical Systems
  • Modern Perturbation Theory
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Infinite Dimensional Dynamical Systems
  • Advanced General Relativity
  • Calculus in Manifolds
  • Special Topics in Applied Mathematics
  • Theoretical Fluid Dynamics
  • Functional Differential Equations
  • Introduction to General Relativity
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • Nonlinear and Linear Optimization
  • Iterative Methods in Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Special Topics in Numerical Analysis
  • Numerical Solution of Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods for Initial Value Problems
  • Differentiable Manifolds and Riemannian Geometry
  • Quantum Information and Computing
  • Master's Project
  • Homology Theory
  • Homotopy Theory
  • Theory of Fibre Bundles
  • Special Topics in Topology
  • Functional Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Measure Theory
  • Functional Analysis II
  • Special Topics in Analysis
  • Group Theory
  • Ring Theory
  • Nonassociative Algebra
  • Homological Algebra
  • Special Topics in Algebra
  • Analytic Number Theory
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Point Set Topology
  • Representation Theory
  • Graph Theory
  • Combinatorial Design Theory
  • Advanced Enumeration
  • Special Topics in Combinatorics
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • Graduate Seminar


  • Probability
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Survival Analysis
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Linear Models
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Computational Statistics
  • Nonparametric Statistics
  • Statistical Exploration of Data
  • Continuous Multivariate Analysis
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Sampling Theory
  • Experimental Designs
  • Financial and Environmental Time Series
  • Statistical Genetics
  • Selected Topics in Statistics and Probability
  • Graduate Seminar Series in Statistics


  • 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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