PhD - Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering

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

Program description

Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers thesis-based graduate programmes leading to master of engineering (MEng) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, as well as related fields such as hydrodynamics, marine structures, underwater vehicles, and ocean environmental engineering.

Memorial University's Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering programme is the only one in Canada. It is well-known for its innovative approach, various research programmes, and outstanding faculty, which includes top researchers. Graduate students have access to a 58-meter towing tank as well as a constructions laboratory equipped with cold chambers and specialised testing equipment, as well as chances for field work and graduate research projects. The Ocean Engineering Research Centre (OERC) of Memorial University, which is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, conducts research, development, and consultation in most areas of ocean engineering, including the offshore petroleum and shipping industries. The OERC's efforts include scale model experiments, numerical modelling, software development, and structural testing.

Program structure

Graduate studies in ocean and naval architectural engineering can be pursued in areas such as:

  • marine hydrodynamics
  • marine structures
  • underwater vehicles
  • Arctic engineering
  • ocean environmental engineering
  • offshore safety
  • marine simulation


  • 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

Degree Requirements

The PhD program usually takes three to four years to complete and comprises two courses beyond the master's level, completion of comprehensive examinations and a significant research thesis.

To be considered for admission to a PhD program, the minimum requirements will normally be a Master's degree from a university of recognized standing, 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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