Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

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Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies (PhD)

Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts and Science
Field of Study:Geography
Urban Studies/Affairs
Areas of Research:The Department has expertise in a wide range of research areas related to geography, planning and environment. Current research topics include river management, port development and planning, urban design, immigration, sustainable forestry, indigeneous resource management, sustainable transportation, population and environment, economic development, and metropolitan government.
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)


The PhD in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies deepens your understanding of how humans interact with the world around them, examining the socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of human settlements as they evolve. The degree examines the complex nature of interactions between humans and the environment and looks at how to develop more sustainable livelihoods and settlements. Course materials draw on a variety of social science perspectives and GIS mapping to address issues that arise while developing the natural environment. Students gain invaluable experience in their field of research through a 200-hour work placement in the private sector, research labs, non-profit organizations or the government.

Students are required to give lectures after completing a teaching seminar with the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Our faculty have received the highest honours from the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars and the Canada Research Chairs Program, and have expertise in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • MA or MSc in Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Science, or a related field of study from a recognized university.
  • Admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate faculty member in the Department to serve as supervisor.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on February 17, 2023

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