Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2014/2015)
31.24 Marine Biology
  • Professor Emeritus and Head of the Department
  • G.L. Fletcher

The Degree or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) is offered in Marine Biology by full-time and part-time study through the Department of Ocean Sciences. Areas of concentration include: Ocean Ecology, Functional Biology of Marine Organisms, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Oceans and Environment.

31.24.1 Admission and Program of Study
  1. Admission into a Ph.D. program in Marine Biology is normally restricted to candidates holding a Master’s Degree or its equivalent. 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 Ocean Sciences, his/her ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.

  2. Each candidate will be assigned a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Supervisor and at least one other member. Within one month of the first registration in the Ph.D. degree program, a candidate will meet with his/her Supervisory Committee. Within six months, the student and the Supervisory Committee will agree on a written thesis proposal outlining the objectives, methods, timetable and funding for the project, and provide the proposal (signed by the student and the supervisory committee) to the Head for inclusion in the student’s file.

  3. Candidates are normally required to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate program courses as follows:

    • Ocean Sciences 7000

    • One of Ocean Sciences 7531 or 7561

    • 3 additional credit hours selected from other Ocean Sciences graduate courses or relevant courses in other Departments as approved by the Supervisory Committee

  4. All course requirements should be completed within five semesters from the date of first registration in the Ph.D. program.

  5. Upon completion of required course work the candidate shall undertake a mandatory comprehensive examination, following the General Regulations, Comprehensive Examinations, Ph.D. and Psy.D, Comprehensive Examination. The comprehensive examination will be both written and oral. Students should consult the Departmental guidelines for further information and a detailed description of the content of the Comprehensive Examination.

  6. The Ph.D. program will conclude with the examination and oral defense of the completed thesis in accordance with the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Theses and Reports.

31.24.2 Courses

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

  • OCSC 7000 Graduate Core Seminar (cross-listed as Biology 7000)
  • OCSC 7531 Biological Oceanography (same as the former Biology 7531)
  • OCSC 7540 Plankton Dynamics (same as the former Biology 7540)
  • OCSC 7551 Fisheries Resource Management (same as the former Biology 7551)
  • OCSC 7561 Physiology of Marine Vertebrates (same as the former Biology 7561)