Why pursue a Doctorate in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies?
Gain a deeper understanding of how humans interact and intervene with the world around them. Learn about the socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of human settlements as they evolve. Develop insights into environmental changes spanning from local to global that will shed light on the past and the present, help predict the future, and guide strategies for more sustainable human livelihoods and settlements.
The PhD in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies provides methodological tools to understand the complex nature of reciprocating interactions between humans and the environment. Course materials integrate biological, ecological, social, GIS, cultural, economic, historical, legal and ethical perspectives to address issues that arise while developing solutions for the natural environment and strategies to build sustainable human lifestyles.
Translate your knowledge into practice in courses that emphasize learning and pedagogical training. Our students gain invaluable experience in their field of research through a 200-hour work placement in the private sector, a research laboratory based outside of Concordia, a non-profit organization or the government. Students are also required to teach four lectures of an undergraduate course after successfully completing a seminar in university teaching with the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Work in conjunction with acclaimed faculty members who have received the highest honours from the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars and the Canada Research Chairs Program. Our researchers have a diverse range of expertise in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, allowing you to take a truly interdisciplinary approach to your specific area of research interest.
The normal requirement for admission into the PhD is a Master of Arts or a Master of Science in Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Science, or a related field of study from a recognized university. Applicants are selected on the basis of a sound academic record, strong letters of recommendation, and a convincing statement of purpose which clearly describes their academic interest in the program and intended area of research. In addition, admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate faculty member in the Department to serve as supervisor.
Upon recommendation by full-time members of the faculty of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, students registered in the Master of Science in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies at Concordia University and who have shown themselves to be outstanding through performance in research may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies. Students transferring from the MSc program will be required to complete 90 credits in addition to the MSc required courses HENV 605 or HENV 610 plus HENV 615.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
2. An admission offer will not be issued until a supervisor match has been made. Students are encouraged to review the list of faculty members' field of interests and directly contact those with whom you would like to work.
Doctoral students may be eligible for a variety of scholarships and fellowships, Research and Teaching Assistantships, conference travel awards, etc. Please discuss any funding opportunities with your potential supervisor.
Also, we encourage students seeking admission to our program to apply for funding from external sources in the final year of their Master's studies (e.g. FRQSC, SSHRC).
Our faculty members provide a distinctive and incisive perspective on the world through their research, teaching and graduate training in three core areas: geography, urban studies and urban planning, and environmental science.
The David B. Frost GIS Laboratory is a state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems teaching and individual study computer lab. Computers run the latest version of ArcGIS, as well as support programs for Computer Assisted Design, remote sensing and image editing.
Other facilities available to graduate students include a cartography studio, geology and geomedia labs, an urban planning and design studio, and laboratories dedicated to landscape ecology, river management and climate modelling.
Geograds represents all graduate students in the Department of Geography, Planning & Environment at Concordia University. In addition to organizing social events, Geograds co-sponsors seminars, provides informal mentoring for undergraduate students, and works in collaboration with the Geography Undergraduate Student Society and the Urban Planning Association.
Graduate students are also deeply involved in a variety of organizations on campus, including Sustainable Concordia, the Concordia Greenhouse, Loyola Farm, the Hive Café Co-op, Frigo Vert and the People’s Potato.
Our alumni are well positioned to find success in a wide range of professional careers in resource conservation, environmental protection, alternative and sustainable transportation, green services, sustainability planning and urban design, carbon and climate mitigation, and ecotourism.
Graduates are also qualified to pursue academic positions in departments of Geography, Environmental Sciences and Urban Planning.