Maritime Studies

Why Maritime Studies @ Memorial?

Memorial’s Marine Institute offers two (2) degree options in the area of Maritime Studies.

The degree of Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element) is a full- or part-time research-focused Master’s degree. This program is for students who have demonstrated commitment and passion for safety and survival. It focuses on skills training that will empower students to conduct publication-quality research in safety and survival aspects of maritime studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Studies is offered to full-time and part-time students. This program is aimed at those who want to participate in the development of new martime studies knowledge in the area of safety and survival. Researchers will be equipped with a national and internationally demanded skill set that focuses on statistics and research design, quantitative analysis, science communication and knowledge in the human factors that impact on safety and survival in maritime environments.

Description of programs

  • MSc – The MSc program involves courses and a thesis. The MSc can be completed in two years of full-time study.
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis. Students will be required to participate in a formal defense of their work. The program can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to connect with a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Marine Institute website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MSc – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study
  • PhD – Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study

Potential career options and outcomes

Professor, researcher in marine-based industries (e.g., fisheries, oil and gas), marine transport, firefighting, search and rescue, government, regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, or consulting

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Program Information
Degrees Offered:

MSc in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element)

PhD in Maritime Studies



Duration (Full-time students):

MSc: 2 years
PhD: 4 years


Marine Institute and Online

Application Deadline:

February 1 for Fall Admission

June 1 for Winter Admission


MSc: $17,500
PhD: $19,000

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Tuition (NL students):

MSc: $635-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

MSc: $826-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,154/semester

Tuition (International students):

MSc: $1,074-$1,611/semester
PhD: $1,499/semester

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