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This joint program with Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is one of the flagship graduate research programs in Québec. You will be trained to conduct cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in oceanography.  Université Laval is also home to the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply for admission to the home university of the professor with whom they want to study. 

Applicants must have an M.Sc.  or a diploma of advanced studies (DEA) in science or engineering, or an equivalent degree.

Applicants must have maintained a program or degree grade point average of at least 3.2 out of 4.33 or the equivalent at the master’s level.

French and English proficiency

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

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 School of Languages). In the event of significant deficiencies, program direction can impose corrective measures. 

Research Areas

  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Ecology of phytoplankton
  • Ecology of zooplankton
  • Ecology of intertidal zones
  • Remote sensing
  • Modelling of marine ecosystems
  • Marine biogeochemistry


Refer to the section « Champs d’expertise de recherche des professeurs » in the official program description for more information on faculty members’ fields of research in oceanography. (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.