Ph.D. On Campus

Geography - Neotropical Environment

McGill University

36 months
20972 CAD/year
5602 CAD/year
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The doctoral degree in Geography - Neotropical Environment at the McGill University includes the successful completion of the comprehensive examination, a thesis based on original research, and coursework chosen in collaboration with the student’s supervisor and/or research committee. 


The main elements of the Ph.D. are the thesis and comprehensive examination, a required Methods of Geographical Research course, and a minimum of two complementary courses.

The programme

The McGill University -STRI Geography - Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) is a research-based option for Ph.D. students offered in association with several university departments, the McGill School of Environment, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI-Panama) and includes the thesis; comprehensive examination; required courses in Geography, Environment and Biology; and complementary courses chosen from Geography, Agriculture Sciences, Biology, Sociology, Environment, and Political Science. 

NEO is aimed at students who wish to focus their graduate research on environmental issues relevant to the Neotropics and Latin American countries. NEO favours interdisciplinary approaches to research and learning through the participation of researchers from McGill and from STRI. 

Students will complete their research in Latin America and NEO's core and complementary courses will be taught in Panama. NEO's educational approach seeks to facilitate a broader understanding of tropical environmental issues and the development of skills relevant to working in the tropics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Thesis
  • Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Foundations of Environmental Policy
  • Methods of Geographical Research
  • Comprehensive Examination

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application and application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample/portfolio
  • A research supervisor
  • Study permits/student visas

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20972 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10486 CAD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    5602 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2801 CAD per semester during 36 months.


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