Fisheries Science (Fisheries Science and Technology) (M.Sc.)

Master of Science in Fisheries Science (Fisheries Science and Technology)
Skills and Interests

You want to serve as a resource that can positively contribute to fisheries science and management through the mobilization and communication of original research.

Work Environment

Academia, government agencies, NGOS, international management bodies, seafood industry.

Program Location:

Marine Institute Campus, Ridge Road (St. John's)

Program Length:

12 credit hours of course work + thesis


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  May 15
Winter Admission: September 15
Spring Admission: January 15

For More Information:

Fisheries Science (Fisheries Science and Technology) Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree brochure

Program Description

The degree of Master of Science in Fisheries Science (Fisheries Science and Technology) is a full-time, research-focused Master’s degree offered by the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries. This program is for students who aim to pursue a career in fisheries science and includes skills training that will empower students to conduct publication-quality research in any aspect of fisheries science.

Program Structure

This program recognizes that fisheries science is a broad discipline that is applied in nature and requires a high degree of skills to be done well. Students will gain practical skills through coursework while developing their theoretical understanding through supervised research and through their interactions as an active participant within the scientific community. Students will also be exposed to the depth of the field of fisheries science through lab meetings, reading groups and guest lectures.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a limited and competitive basis. To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant will normally possess a high second class Honours degree or an M.D. degree, or the equivalent of either, both in achievement and depth of study from an institution of recognized standing.

Applicants will need to have identified a supervisor, who must be either a research scientist with the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries, a cross-appointed or adjunct faculty with the School or an actively-publishing researcher within the School who holds a Ph.D.

Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

  • The applicant’s undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in courses in the proposed field of specialization;
  • The applicant’s overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in all courses taken; and
  • The applicant demonstrates a commitment and passion for aquatic science, ideally in fisheries, through employment or experience in field schools, research programs, the fishing industry, regulatory agencies or government departments, nongovernmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

Please refer to the Memorial University Calendar for descriptions and regulations for this program.

What Researchers Say

"Graduate students enrolled in this program will receive access to world-class facilities, scientists, and research opportunities. It’s a truly unique program dedicated to producing professional fisheries scientists for the future."

- Dr. Paul Winger