The Ph.D. program requires the completion of six one-term graduate level course equivalents beyond the B.Sc., or four one-term graduate-level courses beyond the M.Sc. In either case, one of the courses shall be the PhD Graduate Seminar (GEOL-6007EL - Research Seminar in Geology). In addition a candidate must prepare a Ph.D. research proposal within nine months of registration of the PhD program, pass an oral Ph.D. Qualifying Examination within 12, 18, or 24 months of registration (see below for details), and must successfully defend a Ph.D. Thesis (GEOL-6000EL - Thesis).
Students entering the program must have a M.Sc. degree in Geology or an Earth Science related field, with a grade in excess of 75%. Students may also transfer from the M.Sc. program after one year, if approved by their Supervisory Committee.
A minimum of two full academic terms of full-time residence is required for all Ph.D. students within their first two years of study. The minimum period of study is two years (full-time) for candidates holding a M.Sc. degree, or three years (full-time) for candidates entering the program with a B.Sc. Honours degree.
Ph.D. research projects are offered in all areas of Precambrian and Economic Geology. Students should contact potential supervisors (as below) regarding availability of research projects prior to requesting admission to the program:
Dr Harold Gibson - Volcanic processes and related ore deposits
Dr Pedro Jugo - Orthomagmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits
Dr Michael Lesher - Magmatic ore deposits
Dr Darrel Long - Precambrian sedimentology and stratigraphy, uranium, coal, industrial minerals
Dr Andrew McDonald - Mineralogy, crystal chemistry, mineral genesis
Dr Richard Smith - Exploration geophysics
Dr Graeme Spires – Environmental chemistry and land reclamation
Dr Phil Thurston - Evolution of greenstone belts
Dr Doug Tinkham - Metamorphic evolution of magmatic arcs and orogenic belts, phase equilibria
Dr Elizabeth Turner - Precambrian sedimentology and stratigraphy of Northern Canada; carbonate sedimentology, ore deposits
Graduates of the Ph.D. program can proceed to a professional career in the mining or petroleum industry, government, or academia.