Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2008/2009)
25.7 Earth Sciences
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • J. H. Hanchar

The degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in Earth Sciences (Geology) and Earth Sciences (Geophysics) by full-time and part-time study.

25.7.1 Doctor of Philosophy
  1. Admission into a Ph.D. program in Earth Sciences (Geology) and Earth Sciences (Geophysics) is normally restricted to candidates holding a Master's Degree or its equivalent. Candidates holding B.Sc. (Honours) degrees who show evidence of exceptional ability may be considered for a direct entry into a Ph.D. program. In exceptional circumstances, a candidate with a B.Sc. (Honours) Degree who has spent not less than 12 months in an M.Sc. Degree program may be recommended for transfer into a Ph.D. program, provided that the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Department of Earth Sciences, his/her ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.

  2. Prior to the date of first registration in the Ph.D. program, a candidate will meet with his/her Supervisory Committee. The purpose of this meeting is to draw up the candidate's program of study and research.

  3. Within two weeks of first registration in the Ph.D. program candidates will normally take the Ph.D. Entry Evaluation. This requirement may be waived by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the Head, for students who either hold a M.Sc. Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland or have a background that is already deemed satisfactory by the Supervisory Committee.

  4. A candidate for the Ph.D. Degree is normally required to complete 6 credit hours in addition to the credit hours required for the M.Sc. Degree. The courses must be selected from the overview and general courses below or with the approval of the supervisory committee and Head of Department, other graduate level courses including those offered by other departments. Depending on background and/or area of specialization, a candidate also may be required to complete additional courses in earth sciences or related subjects. All course requirements should be completed within 12 months from the date of the first registration in the Ph.D. program.

  5. The Ph.D. Candidacy Examination consists of two parts: The Comprehensive Examination and the Thesis Proposal Examination. The candidate shall normally take these examinations not later than one year from the date of first registration in the Ph.D. program.


    Detailed descriptions of the Ph.D. Entry Evaluation and the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination are available upon request from the general office of the Department of Earth Sciences.

  6. The Ph.D. Degree program will conclude with a thesis examination and an oral defence of thesis as prescribed in the General Regulations.

  7. The Supervisor and the Head of the Department may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that a candidate who is not making satisfactory progress be required to withdraw from the program.

  8. A candidate is required to give an oral presentation to the Department on the results of his/her research. This presentation must be given during the second or third year of the program.


A selection of courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • Overview Courses
  • 7110 Physics of the Solid Earth
  • 7120 Crustal Geophysics
  • 7300 Changes in Global Paleoenvironment
  • 7400 Tectonic Regimes
  • 7410 Engineering and Environmental Geology
  • 7500 Chemical Fluxes in the Earth
  • 7810 Paleoecology (same as former 6810. Credit may be obtained for only one of 7810 or 6810)
  • General Courses
  • 6070 Quantitative Techniques in Mineralogy and Metamorphic Petrology
  • 6141 Rotation of the Earth
  • 6142 Theory of Global Geodynamics
  • 6152 Paleomagnetism
  • 6171 Advanced Exploration Seismology
  • 6172 Borehole Seismic
  • 6175 Gravity and Magnetic Methods
  • 6177 Mathematical Formulations of Seismic Wave Phenomena
  • 6210 Genesis of Mineral Deposits
  • 6320 Marine Geology
  • 6400 Flow and Transport in Fractured Rock
  • 6410 Advanced Engineering and Environmental Geology
  • 6420 Deformation Mechanisms
  • 6500 Stable Isotope Geochemistry
  • 6510 Trace Element Geochemistry
  • 6520 Methods in Advanced Research in Geochemistry
  • 6540 Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry
  • 6550 Biogeochemistry
  • 6600 Petroleum Geology
  • 6740 Modern and Ancient Sedimentary Environments
  • 6750 Sequence Strategraphy
  • 6820 Palynology and Paleobotany
  • 6990-6999 Special Topics in Earth Sciences