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Boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences

We're all a part of the massive boreal ecosystem. We're surrounded by wetlands, forests, Atlantic marine ecosystems, inland waters and sub-Arctic tundra. 

We value and embrace our environment, and want to gain a better understanding through scientific, social and economic lenses. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, is renowned for its environmental programming that enables students in its programs to draw upon a wide range of faculty with diverse environmental interests. Our master of science and PhD programs in boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences feature rigorous, hands-on study of resources and agriculture in the context of boreal ecosystems. The programs focus on the science and economics of plant, soil, land, and water resources.

Why study boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences at Grenfell?

The demand for food and water security and sustainable forestry and agricultural practices is increasing. We've answered the global call for expertise and understanding of our boreal ecosystem. At Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, you'll be provided the opportunity to develop new technical knowledge and management skills, equipped with a strong focus on the science and economics of plant, soil, land and water resources in the context of sustainable boreal agriculture and forestry.


You'll experience hands-on use of laboratory and field equipment, techniques and protocols in Grenfell's new state-of-the art boreal ecosystems research facility. You'll apply critical thought to community-engaged research and innovation under the supervision of world-class researchers. You'll get real-life experience in a boreal setting.

MSc Program


PhD Program


Learning outcomes (MSc Program)

Successful completion of our boreal ecosystems and agricultural programs will allow students to demonstrate:

​(BEAS) MSc Program
​(BEAS) PhD Program
​An advanced understanding of the concepts and principles governing boreal ecosystems and agriculture.

​Advanced understanding of the concepts and principles governing natural and impacted boreal ecosystems.

​Advanced professional writing skills to allow conceptualization and development of comprehensive research programs, e.g., critical evaluation of scientific literature, formulating research questions, hypothesis development, selection and evaluation of research protocols and methodology; data collection, handling, analysis and interpretation, and as well as dissemination strategies.

​Advanced research methods, analytical techniques, and communication skills allowing effective dissemination of research through peer reviewed publications and oral and poster based presentations at national and international conferences.

Ability to conduct independent research projects under controlled and field conditions to answer research questions in areas such as agronomy, plant science, climate change, soil science/microbiology and land & water resources.

​An ability to reach out and work with community partners on issues of relevance.

Understanding, and operational knowledge to carry out analytical activities on both laboratory and field equipment relevant to their area of specialization.

​Be capable of planning and executing an independent research program.

Ability to analyse and interpret the factors that can contribute to food security in the context of climate change.

​Relevant knowledge, skills and technologies to understand and investigate issues and develop practical solutions related to management of boreal ecosystems.

​Ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills and technologies to assess issues and offer solutions to applied and environmental problems related to management of boreal ecosystems, including farming.

​Leadership as scholars in academic institutions, research sectors in industry, government, NGOs, or other institutions.

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Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission, students should hold a bachelor's (honours) degree, typically in science, agriculture, forestry, engineering, geography or environmental science with at least second-class standing, or equivalent, from an approved  institution or equivalent qualifications and/or experience in environmental science. To apply to the boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences program click here.

Student Research

We are committed to fostering opportunities for graduate research experiences.  Research is vital to Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and it demonstrates the broad spectrum of our involvment in the community and beyond. Students in the Master of Science (boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences) program get involved in diverse research working closely with their professors. 

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the program, you'll be equipped with a broad set of skills that will prepare you to work in environmental and agricultural industries and related fields such as:

  • food industry
  • forestry
  • natural resources
  • science education 

Graduate Studies

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