Professor and Head of the Department
J. Wright

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.


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. All course requirements should be completed within 12 months from the date of 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.

NOTE: 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.


In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

The following "overview courses" will be offered annually to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow; the following "general courses" will be offered, not on a regular basis, but whenever there is sufficient demand to justify the commitment of teaching resources:

Overview Courses
7120. Crustal Geophysics (W)**
7300. Changes in Global Paleoenvironment (W)
7400. Tectonic Regimes (F)*

General Courses
6070. Quantitative Techniques in Mineralogy and Metamorphic Petrology (W)
6171. Advanced Exploration Seismology (W)
6172. Borehole Seismic
6175. Gravity and Magnetic Methods
6177. Mathematical Formulations of Seismic Wave Phenomena     (F)
6210. Genesis of Mineral Deposits (F)
6400. Flow and Transport in Fractured Rock (F)
6410. Advanced Engineering and Environmental Geology (W)
6420. Deformation Mechanisms
6500. Stable Isotope Geochemistry (F)
6510. Trace Element Geochemistry (F)
6520. Methods in Advanced Research in Geochemistry (F)
6600. Petroleum Geology (W)
6740. Modern and Ancient Sedimentary Environments (F)
6820. Palynology and Paleobotany
6990-6999. Special Topics in Earth Sciences

* F=Fall Semester
** W=Winter Semester
*** Credit may not be obtained for both 7810 and the former course 6810.

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