Program list & descriptions

Earth and Ocean Sciences ( Doctorate )

Graduate research program focusing on earth system science and special studies in marine geology and geophysics, paleoceanography, climate modeling, atmospheric modeling, air-sea interaction, ocean physics, geophysical fluid dynamics, ocean mixing, ocean acoustics, biological oceanography, tectonics, petrology,geochemistry, biogeochemical cycles, seismology, paleobiology, sedimentology and stratigraphy.


Prerequisite Minimum standing
MSc B+ 
Admission of students without a M.Sc. directly into the Ph.D. is possible in exceptional cases, according to guidelines from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September, January and May February 15 February 15


Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
General Office 250-721-6120 BWC A405
FAX 250-721-6200
Director Stan Dosso 250-472-5133 BWC A405
Department Secretary Kimberly Smith-Jones 250-472-5133 BWC A405
Secretary, Graduate Program Allison Rose 250-721-6120 BWC A405
Administrative Officer Terry Russell 250-721-6184 BWC A405
Undergraduate Advisor Colin Goldblatt 250-472-4060 BWC A306
Graduate Advisor John Dower 250-472-5010 BWC A327
Senior Lab Coordinator (1st Year Courses Duncan Johannessen 250-721-7352 BWC B109
Senior Lab Coordinator (2nd-4th Year Cou David Nelles 250-472-4020 BWC B111
Senior Lab Coordinator (Ocean Minor Prog Sarah Thornton 250-721-8918 BWC B113
Co-op Coordinator Peter Cross 250-721-7713 ELL 118
Co-op Secretary Megan Cox ELL 119

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

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