Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Degrees Offered

Master's in Planetary Science

In addition to the thesis and additional courses that may be required by the graduate program of the home department, all Master’s students in the Collaborative Graduate Program in Planetary Science are required to participate in the following courses and activities:

  1. Planetary Science Short Course, PLANETSC 9603. This intensive, week-long course provides incoming students with the background they need to place their specific research project in the wider Planetary Science field.
  2. Participation in the Planetary Science Seminar. The Seminar is a milestone (pass/fail based on attendance), and runs weekly during the fall term of each year.
  3. Presentation of research, either orally or as a poster, at the Annual Graduate Planetary Science & Exploration Research Day (Space Day). This will be attended by members of the student’s advisory committee and will constitute one part of an advisory committee meeting.
  4. Attendance at the weekly CPSX Research Forum, and MSc and PhD defence lectures of fellow students.
  5. Research thesis undertaken according to regulations in the home program, but the research topic must be within the core Research Themes of CPSX.

Doctor of Philosophy in Planetary Science

In addition to the thesis, comprehensive exam, and additional courses that may be required by the graduate program of the home department, all Doctoral students in the Collaborative Graduate Program in Planetary Science will be required to participate in the following courses and activities:

  1. Planetary Science Short Course, PLANETSC 9603 (if not taken previously). This intensive, week-long course provides incoming students with the background they need to place their specific research project in the wider Planetary Science field.
  2. One additional half-course in Planetary Science (PLANETSC) at the 9000-level or higher. This may be taken in addition to the requirements in the home department OR as a single substitution of the requirements of the home department at the discretion of the advisory committee and the departmental graduate program.
  3. Participation in the Planetary Science Seminar. The Seminar is a milestone (pass/fail based on attendance), and runs weekly during the fall term of each year.
  4. Presentation of research, either orally or as a poster, at the Annual Graduate Planetary Science & Exploration Research Day (Space Day). This will be attended by members of the student’s advisory committee and will constitute one part of an advisory committee meeting.
  5. Attendance at the weekly CPSX Research Forum, and MSc and PhD defence lectures of fellow students.
  6. Research thesis undertaken according to regulations in the home program, but the research topic must be within the core Research Themes of CPSX.