Traditional elements of this PhD program include the development of a research dissertation in a field of interest in the environmental sciences, the completion and approval of a candidacy examination, and a final oral defence. Unique to this program are three environmentally oriented courses that provide students with expertise in environmental communication strategies:

  • Communication Strategies
  • Current Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Practical Issues Surrounding Environmental Management

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Course Structure

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.

Students will be required to take three (3) mandatory graduate-level courses in Environmental sciences in addition to one (1) elective course in their disciplinary area. Each student is expected to complete these courses within the first 18 months of the degree. Graduate students are required to register for ESC 8010 – PhD thesis throughout their degree program. Additional required constellation-based courses include:

ESC 8020 - Communication Strategies
ESC 8030 - Current Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment
ESC 8040 - Practical Issues Surrounding Environmental Management

Students are also required to take 1 additional ESC elective at the graduate level.

Admissions Criteria
What's required for admission?

The purpose of this PhD degree program (PhD in Environmental Sciences and/or PhD in Molecular and Macromolecular Sciences) is to provide a doctoral level research experience for candidates, ensuring that they develop critical thinking, creativity and subject mastery through their program. A secondary objective is to provide a value added degree containing a significant, Business (PhD in Molecular and Macromolecular Sciences) or environmental communications (PhD in Environmental Sciences) component to the studies. This degree will offer graduate education at the PhD level that meets the needs of the global scientific business, industry, research and academic environments in Molecular and Macromolecular Sciences, or Environmental Sciences both identified as constellations of research strength at UPEI.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions details.

Application Deadline
Make sure you apply before the deadline!

Application deadline: for Fall intake July 1; for Winter intake November 1; for Summer intake March 1.

Securing a supervisor prior to applying to this program is an admission requirement. Visit the Potential Graduate Supervisors page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for contact information.

Fees and Funding
Tuition for PhD in Science programs


PhD in the Faculty of Science - $13,815 per 3-year program

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