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The best place in the world to study Geology!

The Harquail School of Earth Sciences and Mineral Exploration Research Centre at Laurentian University offer some of the most comprehensive field-, laboratory-, and theoretically-based Earth Science programs in North America.

HSES and MERC are located in the Willet Green Miller Center, which was designed from the ground up as a geoscience building built on 2.4 Ga rocks of the Southern Province. It houses the Ontario Geological Survey, the Ontario Geoscience Laboratories, the Mine Recorders Office, and several other mining-related research centres (Geomechanics Research Centre, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, Mining Innovation Rehabilitiation and Applied Research Company), making the WGMC one of the largest Earth science resource centres in North America.

The city of Sudbury lies amidst glacially-shaped ridges and green boreal forests, and contains 330 lakes >10 hectares in size and 112 lakes > 100 hectares in size. The success of more than 30 continuous years of environmental reclamation efforts has led to numerous national and international awards, including a Government of Canada Environmental Achievement Award, a United States Chevron Conservation Award, and a United Nations Local Government Honours Award.




What better place to explore and study the earth than in beautiful Northern Ontario surrounded by 330 lakes and 1,000 km of trails making your backyard your very own laboratory. Take advantage of the North to experience an unparalleled learning environment.

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At the graduate level, the Harquail School of Earth Sciences is known around the world for their excellence of their MSc and PhD programs in ore deposits, structural geology, geophysics, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology and environmental geosciences.

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Modular Courses

The modular courses are designed for graduate students (HES students enrolled in 1-year and 2-year coursework-based Applied MSc programs and thesis-based MSc and PhD programs, as well students from other universities), geoscientists employed full-time in the mineral exploration industry, and industry professionals needing professional development and accreditation.

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