NSERC CREATE Training Program in Interdisciplinary Climate Science
at the University of Victoria

No Longer Accepting New Students

The NSERC CREATE Training Program in Interdisciplinary Climate Science was funded from 2009-2015 and is no longer accepting new graduate students or post-doctoral fellows.
Updated: 2016-11-01.


Program Requirements

The NSERC CREATE program trains students at both the Master's and Doctoral levels through the graduate program of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (SEOS). More information about this program is available at the SEOS website.

In general specific details about the programs offered should be taken from the official SEOS website and the UVic Course Calendar. However, programs typically look something like what is shown below.

All graduate students in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences are required to take EOS 525 (1.5 units). All students are also required to participate in the SEOS Seminar Series, EOS 570 Y01, at least once during their program. EOS 570 has no unit value.

MSc Program

Course Requirements

The Master's program consists of a minimum of 15 units, normally with not less than 6 units of graduate course work and a Master's thesis (EOS 599) typically worth 9 units.

Students are required to take:

  1. EOS 525: Research Frontiers in Earth and Ocean Science;
  2. EOS 570: Seminar;
  3. EOS 580/EOS 365: Directed Studies/Climate and Society;
  4. One or more of:
    1. EOS 531: Physical Oceanography,
    2. EOS 551: Introductory Dynamic Meteorology,
    3. EOS 561: Probability and Statistics for Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics
  5. EOS 550: The Climate System.
  6. A breadth requirement in the form of a senior undergraduate or graduate level course in another faculty. The precise course, likely from either the Faculty of Engineering, Social Sciences or Education, would be approved by the student's thesis committee.

Oral Examination

MSc students will be required to defend their completed thesis in a final oral examination open to the public.

Program Length

A student proceeding towards a Master's degree will be required to complete all the requirements for the degree within five years (60 consecutive months) from the date of the first registration in the Master's program.

PhD Program

Course Requirements

The PhD program usually requires a minimum of 9 course units beyond the BSc and a PhD dissertation (EOS 699) typically worth 36 units.

Students are required to take:

  1. EOS 525: Research Frontiers in Earth and Ocean Science;
  2. EOS 570: Seminar;
  3. EOS 580/EOS 365: Directed Studies/Climate and Society;
  4. One or more of:
    1. EOS 531: Physical Oceanography,
    2. EOS 551: Introductory Dynamic Meteorology,
    3. EOS 561: Probability and Statistics for Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics
  5. EOS 550: The Climate System.
  6. Students are required to meet a breadth requirement, normally in the form of two senior undergraduate or graduate level courses in another faculty. The precise courses, likely from either the Faculty of Engineering, Social Sciences or Education, would be approved by the student's thesis committee.

Candidacy

Within two years of registration and at least six months before the final oral examination, a PhD student must submit a written dissertation research proposal, defining the research topic, the goals of the research and the methodology to be used. This thesis proposal will be defended in an oral candidacy exam. The Examining Committee will question the candidate to determine that the candidate has the appropriate background knowledge and skills to undertake the proposed project, and that the project is likely to lead to results suitable for a PhD dissertation.

Oral Examination

PhD students will be required to defend their completed dissertation in a final oral examination open to the public.

Program Length

A student proceeding toward a doctoral degree will be required to complete all the requirements within seven years (84 consecutive months) from the date of first registration in the program. If the student transfers to the doctoral program after an initial period in a master's program, completion is required within seven years of the date of the first registration in the Master's program. A doctoral degree will not be awarded in less than twenty-four consecutive months from the time of first registration.