The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs offered by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences are based on research but require some coursework to ensure that students have strong background knowledge for their investigations. Research in the Department is wide-ranging and often interdisciplinary. The following are just a few of the subjects being studied:
- the geochemistry of the mantle
- processes concentrating metals in hydrothermal mineral deposits
- viscosity controls in magmas
- mechanisms of volcanic eruption
- the fixation of mercury in marine sediments
- changes in atmospheric chemistry in the early and late Precambrian
- mechanisms of faulting
- the evolution of topography during orogenesis
- wetland hydrogeology
- planetary-scale ocean biogeochemistry and its relationship to global warming
Facilities in the Department include low-temperature and pressure to high-temperature and pressure experimental laboratories, a stable-isotope mass spectrometer, laser-ablation ICP-MS, and electron microprobe, as well as atomic absorption spectrometers. Our students also make substantial use of other facilities at McGill and at nearby Université du Québec à Montréal.
Financial assistance is available in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and scholarships.