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PhD Geological Sciences

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

8270.58 USD
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC, one of the largest geoscience groups in Canada is composed of over 40 full-time faculty, a staff complement of 30, a total of 40 research associates and postdoctoral fellows. Our Department's research extends from pure science studies of the earth's deep interior, through near-surface geological studies and environmental earth science, to the oceans and atmosphere. UBC earth scientists draw on a broad base of knowledge from the basic sciences of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics.

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Eligibility Criteria

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess a master's degree in an area of science or applied science, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the master's to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

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Course Modules

Courses in geology and related fields will be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

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How to Apply

  • A completed online application. An application fee is required for applicants from most countries.
  • Academic transcripts (showing all course names and grades, in English) from all post-secondary (college & university) institutions you have attended. For initial evaluation of your application, please upload a scan of each transcript. If you are selected for admission, you will be required to provide an official hard copy of each transcript (along with its English translation if necessary) in a sealed envelope endorsed by your university. Your admission cannot be officially confirmed until UBC receives the official transcripts. 
  • Three references written by former professors or supervisors. We encourage the use of electronic references, submitted through the online application system. If electronic submission is not possible for some reason, paper letters of reference should be written on the referee's official letterhead, and mailed in a sealed and endorsed envelope.
  • GRE scores (both general and a relevant subject test) are requested when available.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS examination results are required for applicants from a university outside Canada for which English is not the primary language of instruction. 

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