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School of Graduate Studies (2018/2019)
34.25 Marine Biology

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.

34.25.1 Admission and Program of Study
  1. Admission into the 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, the candidate's ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.

  2. Each student will be assigned a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Supervisor and at least one other member. Within three months of the first registration in the Ph.D. degree program, a student will meet with the student's Supervisory Committee. Within nine 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. A student is normally required to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate program courses as follows:

    • Ocean Sciences 7100 or 7200

    • Ocean Sciences 7000 or relevant course 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. Normally, upon completion of required course work the student 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. A student 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.

34.25.2 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 7100 Biological Oceanography (credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7100 and the former Biology/OCSC 7531)
  • OCSC 7200 Adaptations to the Marine Environment (credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7200 and the former Biology/OCSC 7561)
  • OCSC 7300 Plankton Dynamics (credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7300 and the former Biology/OCSC 7540)
  • OCSC 7400 Fisheries Resource Management (credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7400 and the former Biology/OCSC 7551)