What will I learn?

Let your scientific interests lead, as you investigate environmental issues of significance to society – and the world.

Become a catalyst for change in what is often called “the Age of the Environment.” Pose the critical questions about the issues of our time, and study alongside experts to find the answers. Explore environmental issues that will shape our future: the conservation of biodiversity, the spread of contaminants and infectious diseases, the matters of sustainability and water quality.

As part of the prestigious Ph.D. program, you will hone your scientific and communication skills, generate knowledge and contribute to the future. Inspired by top-notch professors from diverse disciplines, as well as scientists from governmental and non-governmental organizations, you will help forge new approaches to key environmental challenges.

  • Take part in leading research in cell biology and genetics, ecology and conservation biology, physical geography, trace contaminant toxicology and chemistry, and much more.
  • Study in world-class research centers and institutes, built on superior funding and state-of-the-art research equipment that support you in your investigation.
  • Prepare for advanced academic training and for employment with governments, NGOs, or private industry.
  • Accelerate your education, directly from B.Sc. to Ph.D., by applying to the doctoral program after one year.
  • Benefit from strong funding, scholarship opportunities and teaching assistantships.

Program Options

  • Ph.D.
  • Full- or part-time studies
  • Thesis-based
  • Ph.D. is 4 years full-time to complete
  • September, January and May intake

Which department am I in?

School of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,267.10 (US$ 16,035) per year
Total International Tuition (compulsory)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2020

Start date

6 January 2020, 1 May 2020

Venue

School of Graduate Studies

1600 West Bank Drive,

PETERBOROUGH,

Ontario (ON),

K9L 0G2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a M.Sc. degree in an applicable discipline (suitability will be assessed on a case by case basis). An average of at least B+ (77%, GPA 3.3) overall; A potential supervisor must be chosen as an admission requirement to this program and this must be discussed in your plan of study. English Language Proficiency Tests: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A minimum score of 580 PBT, or 93 IBT (with a minimum score of 22 in both speaking and writing); IELTS (International English language Testing Services) - The minimum acceptance score is 6.5, with no band below 6.0. CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) - The minimum acceptable score is 60, with at least 60 in Writing Proficiency. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum acceptable score is 85, with no part below 80.

For international students

  • B.Sc. honours degree in Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science or a related discipline
  • Minimum B+ (77%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years (last ten full credits)
  • Masters degree required for Ph.D.

The following tests are acceptable forms of proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) A minimum score of 580 PBT, 237 CBT with a minimum TWE score of 4.5 or 93 iBT with a minimum score of 22 in both speaking and writing is required.; (Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) – alternate test only for applicants who do not have access to TOEFL (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6). The minimum acceptable score is 60, with at least 60 in Writing Proficiency.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum acceptable score is 85, with no part below 80.
  • IELTS Academic (International English language Testing Services). The minimum acceptance score is 6.5, with no band below 6.0.
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About this uni

Founded with a focus on interactive learning, Trent University has been ranked the best undergraduate university in Ontario for eight years running.

  • 90% of graduates employed within six months
  • Students from 110 countries across the world
  • # 1 university in Canada for scholarships and bursaries
  • State-of-the-art campuses close to nature and cities