Fisheries Science Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Fisheries Science Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Skills and Interests

You want to participate in the development of new fisheries science knowledge.

Work Environment

Academia, government agencies, NGOS, international management bodies, seafood industry.

Program Location:

Delivered In Class

Program Length:

4 years (On campus courses and research based thesis)


Fisheries Science Program Information.

Application Deadline:

Fall:  May 15
Winter: September 15
Spring: January 15

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries Science is offered by the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries to full time and part-time students. This program is aimed at those who want to participate in the development of new fisheries science knowledge. Fisheries researchers will be equipped with a national and internationally demanded skill set that focuses on quantitative analysis, science communication and knowledge in the management and practice of North Atlantic fisheries.

Program Structure

This program recognizes that fisheries science is a broad discipline that is applied in nature and requires a high degree of skills to be done well. Students will gain practical skills through coursework while developing their theoretical understanding through supervised research and through their interactions as an active participant within the scientific community. Students will also be exposed to the depth of the field of fisheries science through lab meetings, reading groups and guest lectures.


Admission into the Ph.D. program in Fisheries Science is normally restricted to candidates holding a Master’s degree or its equivalent. In exceptional circumstances, a candidate with a Bachelor of Science degree who has spent not less than 12 months in a Master of Science program may be recommended into a Ph.D. program. For this transfer to be accepted, the candidate must demonstrate their ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.

Applicants will need to have identified a supervisor, who must be either a research scientist with the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries, a cross-appointed or adjunct faculty with the School or an actively-publishing researcher within the School that holds a Ph.D. Students will also need a supervisory committee.