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 6350 (Geology of Nova Scotia). 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.