A Ph.D. from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will equip you for a research and/or teaching career in the university, government, or resource sectors. Many of our Ph.D. students go on to post-doctoral research at Dalhousie and many other institutions around the world.

Ph.D. admission requirements are explained on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website, where you can also find application forms. An M.Sc. or equivalent is normally required; excellent B.Sc. graduates admitted to an M.Sc. program may be eligible to transfer to a Ph.D. program after their first year of study.  

As part of their programs, Ph.D. students are required to take ERTH 6300 (Research Skills) and ERTH 6353 (Quantitative Methods). Students do independent field- and/or laboratory-based research and write and defend a Ph.D. thesis, which can be submitted as a set of related papers. Most Ph.D. students take about 4 years to complete their programs, depending on their academic backgrounds and requirements of their specific research programs.

Courses Offered

Course Number Course Name Term Course Syllabus
ERTH 5131 Advanced Petroleum Geoscience
Winter ERTH5131
ERTH 5151 Mineral Deposits Winter ERTH5151
ERTH 5520 GIS Applications to Environmental and Geological Sciences
Winter ERTH5520
ERTH 5530 Environmental Remote Sensing Fall ERTH5530
ERTH 5600 Exploring Geographic Information Systems Winter/2021 ERTH5600
ERTH 6250 Directed Studies Course   Winter ERTH6250
ERTH 6300 Research Design and Scientific Presentation
Fall/Winter ERTH6300
ERTH 6310 PhD Thesis Proposal Defence Winter ERTH6310
ERTH 6353 Quantitative Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences Fall ERTH6353
ERTH 6400 Geochronology and Thermochronology Winter ERTH6400