M.Sc. On Campus

Earth and Ocean Sciences

University of Victoria

24 months
5074 CAD/year
4022 CAD/year
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Study topics like global climate change, earthquakes, groundwater contamination or marine pollution through a Master of Science (MSc) Earth and Ocean Sciences at University of Victoria, British Columbia.


You can study integrated multidisciplinary programs in geology, geophysics, oceanography and atmosphere and climate sciences with this Earth and Ocean Sciences program at University of Victoria, British Columbia .

In Earth and ocean sciences, you’ll receive a unique education that takes you out on field trips, field schools and marine cruises. We believe that to study the planet, you have to experience it firsthand. You’ll also have the opportunity to study with faculty from the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis and the nearby Institute of Ocean Sciences and Geological Survey of Canada (Pacific).

Areas of focus

  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Paleo geochemistry
  • Marine geochemistry
  • Marine biogeochemistry/phytoplankton
  • Biological oceanography
  • Marine biology
  • Ocean mixing
  • Ocean acoustics
  • Climate theory and modelling
  • Hydrothermal studies
  • Structural geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Geophysics

Programme Structure

  • Located on the southern-most tip of an island, UVic is uniquely situated to offer you access to a rich and diverse biome to study. 
  • The research in Earth and ocean sciences is designed to offer a broad spectrum of skills and focuses. 
  • In this program, you’ll receive hands-on mentorship from our faculty as you complete your thesis. 
  • The skills that you’ll learn here are universal, but will give you an edge in careers that focus on the planet.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications may be submitted at any time. You can choose to enter the program in September, January or May.


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for a graduate degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences should have a Major or Honours degree in a closely related science. 
  • A student who does not have such a degree can be admitted to the program but may be required to complete additional makeup courses. In doing so, the student must obtain a grade of at least B (5.0) in each makeup course, and an average of B+ (6.0) in the makeup courses. 
  • Mature students are advised to consult the Faculty regulations regarding conditional admittance.
  • Inquiries concerning the graduate program may be addressed to the SEOS Graduate Secretary, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Application forms for admission, which include the indication of need for financial assistance, can be obtained directly from the Graduate Admissions and Records website. A statement of research interests must be submitted with the completed application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5074 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5074 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4022 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4022 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Victoria

1490 - 2092 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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