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Graduate Programs

The Harquail School of Earth Sciences offers a MSc in Geology degree and a PhD in Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology degree. Program objectives, admission requirements, and program requirements are described on the pages below. For additional information or assistance, please contact hes@laurentian.ca.


MSc Geology Programs

There are three options available for the MSc in Geology degree, including:

For all three MSc options and details at a glance, download this document. For information regarding admission at the graduate level at Laurentian University, please refer to this website

PhD in Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology

Details of our PhD program are described on the PhD in Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology description page.


Why do a MSc or PhD in Sudbury, Ontario? 

Laurentian University is located in Sudbury, along the southern margin of one of the world's largest, oldest, and best-preserved meteorite impact structures, with easy access to a wide variety of other geological environments in northern Ontario and northeastern Quebec, including supergiant magmatic nickel-copper-platinum group element deposits in the Sudbury Basin, giant volcanic-associated massive copper-zinc-lead sulfide systems in the Timmins and Noranda areas, the world-class gold systems in the Timmins and Kirkland Lake areas, superbly-preserved Archean volcanic and sedimentary rocks in the Abitibi greenstone belt, the Grenville metamorphic terrain, and Lower to Middle Paleozoic marine sedimentary sequences on Manitoulin Island. This wide diversity of geological environments offers unparalleled opportunities for field-based instruction and research in economic geology, mineralogy, volcanology, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, sedimentology, and environmental geology. In addition to those areas, HES and MERC researchers are also conducting field-based research in most Canadian provinces and territories, including the far north, and in many other areas around the globe. This work is supplemented by a wide range of experimental, laboratory, and theoretical studies.

935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 2C6


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