Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology (PhD)

Expand your knowledge of geosciences


Position yourself for employment success at the world-class Harquail School of Earth Sciences and its Mineral Exploration Research Centre; in Sudbury, the world’s largest mineral exploration and mining-service cluster. 

Access one of the largest Earth science resource centres in North America that provides ample opportunities to find employment within your field while studying at Laurentian University. Expand your knowledge as a professional in a field full of research and networking opportunities. Located in the same building - the Willet Green Miller Centre - are several mining-related organizations such as the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the Ontario Geological Survey, MIRARCO, and CEMI.
Prepare for a career of pushing the boundaries of geoscience research and innovation in today's mineral exploration industry, government and consulting agencies. The Harquail School contains a wide array of analytical instrumentation to support both the research and educational needs, and benefits from sharing laboratory facilities with the Geo Labs, one of the largest and most advanced geoscience analytical facilities in North America.
Choose a research project based on your geoscience interest. Our faculty is recognized internationally, have won reputable awards and are leaders in their respective sub-disciplines. Research areas range widely from ore deposit geology, volcanology, structural geology, sedimentology, paleontology, mineralogy, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, to geophysics, environmental geosciences, and bioremediation.


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Key Features

Take advantage of an impressive array of analytical instruments and technology, allowing you to conduct the cutting-edge research that is demanded by industry today.
The Harquail School of Earth Sciences is ranked #1 in Canada in National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) funding in Economic Geology and in Applied Geophysics. Laurentian University is #1 in Ontario in Mining and Mineral Processing research.
Travel on national and international field trips. Go to mining conferences and geological talks while being immersed in a world-known mining and innovation hub full of networking opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology (PhD) program have an expanded geoscience knowledge and are prepared for a career of pushing boundaries of research and innovation in the mineral exploration industry, some as geoscience consultants in agencies or government, some as leaders in academia and research – in geology, mineralogy and geophysics. Some of our PhD alumni have embarked on careers in analytical laboratory technology, and some as specialists in 3D computer modeling and geostatistics.

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