M.Sc. On Campus

Earth and Planetary Sciences

McGill University

24 months
9330 CAD/year
4252 CAD/year
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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University offers both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs.


About this Program

Graduate Earth and Planetary Sciences programs offered by McGill University are based on research, although some courses are required to build the backgrounds of students. Research in the Department is wide-ranging, and includes:

  • studies of the geochemistry of the mantle;
  • the nature of processes concentrating metals in hydrothermal mineral deposits;
  • experimental studies of the controls of viscosity in magmas and the mechanisms of volcanic eruption;
  • the fate of carbon and trace metals in marine sediments;
  • the nature of changes in atmospheric and oceanic chemistry in the early and late Precambrian;
  • mechanisms of faulting;
  • the evolution of topography during orogenesis;
  • wetland hydrogeology;
  • interactions between the cryosphere, solid Earth, and climate systems;
  • planetary-scale ocean biogeochemistry (e.g., ocean acidification) and its relationship to global warming.

There is a very substantial interdisciplinary basis to much of the research.

Facilities in the Department include low-temperature and pressure to high-temperature and pressure experimental laboratories, a stable-isotope mass spectrometer, laser-ablation ICP-MS, and electron microprobe, as well as atomic absorption spectrometers. Our students also make substantial use of other facilities at McGill and at nearby Université du Québec à Montréal.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aquatic Geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Economic Geology
  • Geophysics and Climate
  • Hydrogeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

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General requirements

  • Online application and application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample/portfolio
  • A research supervisor
  • Study permits/student visas

Tuition Fee

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    9330 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9330 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4252 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4252 CAD per year during 24 months.
Local: 1,362.60 CAD


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