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PhD Oceanography

 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

Oceanographers investigate both fundamental and applied problems relating to the physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and geology of the sea, often working across traditional academic disciplines. Research carried out both independently and in collaboration with federal government laboratories occurs in many different oceanographic regimes, including coastal BC fjords, the inland sea of the Strait of Georgia, open ocean regions of the Subarctic Pacific, and many other locations, including the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. The types of problems that can be studied include fundamental questions about the flow of stratified fluids at scales ranging from tens of meters to thousands of kilometers, applied research in estuaries, coastal, and deep-ocean processes, general ocean circulation and climate change issues, marine chemistry, geochemistry, and biogeochemistry, natural product chemistry, marine viruses, fisheries oceanography, plankton ecology and physiology, and primary production of the sea. The Department is well equipped to carry out research in the field (using either its own boat or larger vessels in the oceanographic fleet), at the laboratory bench, and in the numerical heart of a computer. Most problems involve aspects of all three.

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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

The Ph.D. program consists of appropriate coursework chosen in consultation with the student's 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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