Traditional elements of this PhD program include the development of a research dissertation in a field of interest in the environmental sciences, the completion and approval of a candidacy examination, and a final oral defence. Unique to this program are three environmentally oriented courses that provide students with expertise in environmental communication strategies:

  • Communication Strategies
  • Current Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Practical Issues Surrounding Environmental Management

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Course Structure

Students will be required to take three (3) mandatory graduate-level courses in Environmental sciences in addition to one (1) elective course in their disciplinary area. Each student is expected to complete these courses within the first 18 months of the degree. Graduate students are required to register for ESC 8010 – PhD thesis throughout their degree program. Additional required constellation-based courses include:

ESC 8020 - Communication Strategies
ESC 8030 - Current Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment
ESC 8040 - Practical Issues Surrounding Environmental Management

Students are also required to take 1 additional ESC elective at the graduate level.

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Admission?

In the following it must be understood that the standard of reference is the typical Canadian university curriculum and university system.

Admission to a graduate degree program as a regular student is granted, on recommendation of the Department concerned, to:

i. the holder of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or a four-year honours or majors baccalaureate or its equivalent, as set out below; or

ii. a student who has satisfied the requirements for transfer from provisional student category as described below.

The minimum requirement for admission to graduate studies in the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Medicine is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent; or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree, or equivalent, normally of four years’ duration, in an honours or majors program or equivalent from a recognized university or college, the applicant having achieved an average of at least second-class (“B,” i.e., 70% to 79.9%) standing in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please review the English Language Requirements for graduate programs.

Application Deadline
Make sure you apply before the deadline!

Application deadline: for Fall intake July 1; for Winter intake November 1; for Summer intake March 1.

Securing a supervisor prior to applying to this program is an admission requirement. Visit the Potential Graduate Supervisors page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for contact information.

Fees and Funding
Tuition for PhD in Science programs


PhD in the Faculty of Science - $13,284 per 3-year program

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