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The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, in partnership with Centre Eau Terre Environnement of Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS-ETE), offers a PhD in two major earth science training and research fields: geodynamics and resources and geoengineering and the environment.  This joint program offered by Université Laval and INRS-ETE provides you with a broader choice of research subjects and courses.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in earth sciences, geology, geological engineering, or an equivalent degree.

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

English proficiency

Although knowledge of French or English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in French or in English to successfully complete this program. Students who are not proficient enough in these languages may have difficulty in their studies. Students must ensure that they have a good understanding of French or English and, if necessary, take steps to improve their language skills during their studies (for example at Université Laval’s language school). In the event of significant deficiencies, program direction can impose corrective measures. 

Research Areas

  • Petrology
  • Tectonics
  • Magmatism
  • Metamorphism
  • Sedimentology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geomaterials
  • Mineral exploration
  • Metal deposits
  • Geophysics
  • Modelling
  • Natural hazards


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Faculty of Science and Engineering website giving their fields of research in Earth sciences. (In French only)

A number of professors have an interest in supervising students under the agreement between UL and the CSC. Their areas of expertise and contact information are provided below.