Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Planetary Science and Exploration

Collaborative Program



Program Websites


Program Contact

Jennifer Thompson (cpsx@uwo.ca)
CPSX Administrative Coordinator

Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Western University
Western Science Centre Rm 121
London, Ontario N6A 5B7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 88508
f. 519-488-4721

The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration hosts the only planetary science graduate program in Canada. Students are usually registered in either the Department of Physics & Astronomy or the Department of Earth Sciences. This program emphasizes original student research; small group discussion of literature and current developments; an interdisciplinary approach; and hands-on experience gained through laboratory and/or field work. Graduates of this program have gone on to careers in industry, government and academia.

Times to Completion

  • MSc - 6 Terms (2 years)
  • PhD - 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

  • The Collaborative Program does not provide additional funding beyond what the student receives through their home department. Please visit the Physics & Astronomy or the Department of Earth Sciences program description pages for more information about their funding packages.

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Prospective students must apply to the graduate program in their department of interest and then specify Planetary Science.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in Planetary Science as indicated by prior course work, research or involvement in space-related student groups.

Application Deadline(s)

  • Variable - Please refer to the prospective home program description page for deadline information

Participating Programs

  • Astronomy
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Physics