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Programs

Graduate programs

Each department in science offers graduate programs leading to a Masters of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). You can also earn a Masters of Arts (MA) in mathematics or statistics.

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Departmental and Academic Calendar program information

Biochemistry and microbiology

Programs: MSc and PhD

Receive research training in a broad range of life science disciplines at the cellular, sub-cellular and molecular levels. We provide facilities and faculty expertise necessary to allow the use of modern techniques such as genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, X-ray crystallography, cell culture and microscopy in research.

For program details see biochemistry and microbiology program information and biochemistry and microbiology graduate programs in the University Calendar.

Biology

Programs: MSc and PhD

Biology has three core research areas in molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution.

Cross-disciplinary research among these areas occur in five main research themes: marine science; neurobiology; biomedical research and genomics; forest biology and environmental biology.

For program details see biology graduate program information and biology graduate programs in the University Calendar.

Chemistry

Programs: MSc and PhD

Research areas in this program are broadly concentrated in two areas.

One is centred on physical chemistry, reaction dynamics, spectroscopy, and photochemistry - the Reactivity, Dynamics and Spectroscopy group (RDS).

The second is centred on synthetic and structural chemistry with an emphasis on property-directed synthesis - the Property-Directed Synthesis group (PDS). The emphasis on two areas of expertise in place of the traditional sub-disciplines (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical) provides a broadly based graduate program in which collaborative interactions between individuals can flourish.

Specialist expertise is recognized and developed, together with attitudes and skills essential for multi-disciplinary research.

For program details see chemistry graduate program information and chemistry graduate programs in the University Calendar.

Earth and ocean sciences

Programs: MSc and PhD

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.

For program details see Earth and ocean sciences graduate program information and Earth and ocean sciences graduate programs in the University Calendar.

Mathematics and statistics

Programs: MSc, MA and PhD

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics emphasizes the following areas: applied mathematics; mathematical physics; differential equations; climate modelling; geophysical fluid dynamics; mathematical biology; combinatorics and graph theory; number theory, operator algebras; operator theory; functional analysis; dynamical systems; topology; and statistics.

The department also offers opportunities to study mathematics education, possibly as an interdisciplinary program and in graduate co-operative education, which integrates periods of full-time employment with the academic program.

For program details see mathematics and statistics graduate program information and mathematics and statistics graduate programs in the University Calendar.

Physics and astronomy

Programs: MSc and PhD

The graduate program in physics and astronomy is structured so that students are fully engaged in research by the end of their first year of courses. All degrees are awarded with a major in physics, while the department offers areas of research specialization. Note that the program requirements differ for research with a specific concentration in astronomy, medical physics or ocean physics.

For program details see physics and astronomy graduate program information and physics and astronomy graduate programs in the University Calendar.

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