44.16 Fisheries Science




The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy is offered in Fisheries Science to full-time and part-time students. The following regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

An Academic Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on recommendation of the Vice-President (Marine Institute). The Committee will consist of an Academic Director as Chair, three members from the Marine Institute, and two members from other academic units of the University. Normally, all appointments will be for a period of three years.

44.16.1 Admission and Program of Study

  1. Admission into the Ph.D. program in Fisheries Science is normally restricted to applicants holding a Master's Degree or its equivalent. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant with a B.Sc. 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. For this transfer to be accepted, the applicant must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Supervisor and Supervisory Committee, the ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.

  2. In addition to completing a thesis of original research, a student will normally be required to take FISH 6000 and 6001. A student will normally be required by the Supervisor and Supervisory Committee to take two of FISH 6002, 6003, 6004, and/or 6005.

  3. Within three months of the first registration in the Ph.D. degree program, the student will meet with the Supervisory Committee. It is the function of a Supervisory Committee to have regular meetings, at least annually, with its graduate student. A meeting report, signed by all members of the Supervisory Committee and student, must be given to the Academic Unit. A copy will be sent to the graduate student and to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

  4. At the first committee meeting, the Supervisory Committee shall discuss the student's program and will explore areas of weakness in the student's knowledge, especially where these relate to the intended areas of research. The Supervisory Committee may require the student to take additional courses.

  5. 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. This proposal should be no more than five pages in length.

  6. The student will present a research seminar to the Academic Unit, normally by the end of the fourth semester following admission, to describe the research topic being investigated and the methodologies to be employed. This seminar provides an opportunity for the student to receive constructive input from the broad research community.

  7. A student must successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination, as outlined under General Regulations, Ph.D. and Psy.D. Comprehensive Examination. The comprehensive examination will be both written and oral.

  8. A theses shall conform to General Regulations, Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies.

44.16.2 Courses

  • FISH 6000 Science Communication for Fisheries
  • FISH 6001 Ecology, Management, and Practice of North Atlantic Fisheries
  • FISH 6002 Data Collection, Management, and Display
  • FISH 6003 Statistics and Study Design for Fisheries Science
  • FISH 6004 Overview of Statistical Stock Assessment
  • FISH 6005 Advanced Statistical Stock Assessment

The information on this site has been extracted from the Official 2023-2024 University Calendar. While every reasonable effort has been made to duplicate the information contained in the official University Calendar, if there are differences, the official Memorial University of Newfoundland Calendar will be considered the final and accurate authority.

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