The Experience

M.Sc. in BEMA (NEW in September 2019)

This new 2-year thesis-based program will prepare its graduates for the environmental workforce by allowing students to complete a professional placement during their thesis research. Students will answer questions within the field of environmental monitoring and assessment using state-of-the-art data collection and analytical tools in landscape genetics, population viability and trend analysis, environmental genomics, ecological stoichiometry, and nutrient cycling assessment.Student with telemetry equipment

​The program will consist of:

  • One core online course (Sampling Design for Environmental Research)
  • One required placement course, which is either a short 120-hr placement or a paid 4-month placement depending on external partnership opportunities
  • Completion of a thesis based on original research


The 1-year course-based Masters program will provide students with a background in the theory and practice of biological monitoring and assessment within an environmental context, as well as practical experience through a professional work placement with government, conservation authority, environmental consultant, and non-governmental agencies.

The program's Placement Coordinator will assist students in finding an appropriate placement based on their skills, experience & goals, which can be paid or unpaid depending on the partner's ability to pay and funding sources available to them.

The program will consist of:

  • Eight online courses over two terms (September to May)
  • A 15-week placement (May to August)​​
  • A 1-week face-to-face capstone course on the Trent campus (August)

G.Dip in BEMA

The G.Dip will provide students with a solid background in the theory and practice component of the program, without the experiential learning component. The program will consist of:

  • Six online courses over two terms (September to May)