Master & PhD Programs

"My time in the MAC program was wonderful. There is a great family atmosphere and the professors and staff are incredibly helpful and supportive. The education I received at Queen’s has definitely put me ahead of the crowd in terms of pursuing jobs, and no matter where I am working in the heritage field I have my Queen’s MAC education as my foundation for success.”

Art Conservation

Art conservation is an exciting and challenging multidisciplinary field involving the examination, interpretation, analysis and conservation of cultural, historic and artistic objects. Queen’s University offers Canada’s only Master’s degree program in art conservation. This program provides the foundation necessary for professional conservation scientists and conservators who must rely on their knowledge of both the humanities and the sciences to understand the creation and production of material culture in past and present contexts and to ensure its preservation for the future. Research is individually designed to suit the background and interests of students and faculty. Topics may be in history of technology or other conservation related areas.

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Art History

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Art History offer advanced training in the study of visual and material culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The Queen’s Art History program is strongly committed to mentoring and training graduate students in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, methodologies, and issues, including the technical examination of art, gender studies, critical theory, cultural representation and the relationships among art, literature, and science. Students have the opportunity to receive credits for specific courses for time spent in Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the ROM and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. The Bader Fellowship allows Ph.D. students to research in Europe. Other opportunities depend on the topic and funding available.

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Astrophysics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics at Queen’s University is one of the leading Canadian research  institutes in Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. Our faculty includes high-profile, world-class physicists who work on cutting edge areas of theoretical, applied and experimental physics. Our staff and students carry out their research on campus as well as at external facilities including some of the largest astronomical and astro-particle observatories in the world, such as Gemini and SNO, and the High Performance Computing Virtual Lab (Centre for Advanced Computing,  supercomputer). Students in the Astrophysics and Astronomy program have the opportunity to carry out observations at astronomical facilities in Chile, Hawaii, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Australia, and other leading research centers in the world. Students in the experimental particle astrophysics group carry out research at SNOLAB, the underground science laboratory near Sudbury, Ontario.

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The Biology Department at Queen’s is one of the largest departments on campus with approximately 100 graduate students supervised by 32 faculty with research opportunities in a range of disciplines including Animal Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour, and Plant Sciences. Our faculty are world leaders in several research fields, including many Canada and Queen’s Research Chairs and winners of national and international awards for research and teaching excellence. Visit our departmental website and faculty pages to learn more about the programs and achievements of our research teams.

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A degree from Queen’s Department of Chemistry is highly regarded and an important consideration in today’s competitive science and technology job market. Our new $56 million state of the art building is home to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility and its eight high-field instruments, an on-site Mass Spec facility with four mass spectrometers, an X-ray diffractometer, a CFI-funded facility for materials characterization and more unique equipment in faculty labs.

Students can conduct front-line, industrially-relevant research in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, and theoretical chemistry and take part in interdisciplinary research in such areas as environmental, molecular modeling for drug design and various forms of spectroscopy. Our Chemistry Innovation Council, made up of industry and government leaders, advise students about career opportunities and help you establish contact with potential employers. Our students collaborate frequently with Environmental Studies, Engineering, Physics and other departments. Travel opportunities are available case by case.

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The Department of Classics at Queen’s University boasts a proud tradition of over 170 continuous years of instruction in Greek and Latin.  Faculty members have expertise in Greek and Roman archaeology, history, ancient science, and language and literature so your research opportunities are vast and varied. Our graduate program will further enhance your passion for the ancient world and provide global opportunities for field experience at archaeological sites.  

As a small department that fosters congenial working relations, our students receive individual attention and support and are provided with many opportunities to engage fully in class discussions and mini-conferences.  Funding opportunities are available to allow students to present their research at external conferences, enabling them to develop professional networks within the greater Classics community.  Our students also have opportunities to travel to and participate in faculty-supervised archaeological excavations in Italy and Bulgaria, providing hands-on experience in an international setting.

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The Queen’s School of Computing offers a graduate program that is unique in its quality, diversity, innovation and reach. Research projects span traditional and innovative computer science. For example, one team is designing wireless networks of tiny sensors located deep below the surface of the ocean to study that largely unknown world. Another group is developing techniques to increase the accuracy and reduce the discomfort of medical processes. Some students are discovering properties of certain computers that are radically different from the ones we have today. Others are building organic interfaces for humans to communicate with computers. We are finding methods to make databases more secure, software more reliable and computers more intelligent.

Our students have the opportunity to be involved in cross collaborations with Johns Hopkins University.

Our NSERC CREATE program in Ultra-Large Scale Software Systems has close ties with many industrial partners and provides students with practical professional and developmental skills, industrially-motivated research, and industry experience.

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Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is an emphatically interdisciplinary area of inquiry that intersects the humanities, science studies, the social sciences and the arts. Its researchers theorize the forces that shape the lived reality of people in the 21st century. Drawing on a range of practices, researchers investigate values, beliefs and belongings, cultural processes and cultural objects, economic and social relations, institutions and identities. What distinguishes Cultural Studies from other approaches to the study of culture is its recognition that no single disciplinary approach can get at the complexity of cultural forms and its emphasis on power, social justice and social change. As one of the only Cultural Studies program in Canada with a project option, Cultural Studies at Queen’s (CSQ) is a unique program that integrates the range of theoretical approaches used within Cultural Studies, and that fosters scholarship in both historical and contemporary fields of research.

Cultural Studies offers opportunities to break down conventional divisions between academia and activism, between theoretical critique and cultural production. Necessarily self-reflexive, Cultural Studies draws on a range of methods and critical theories. Comprising 89 distinguished faculty from 22 disciplines to offer an innovative program at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, CSQ is committed to a diversity of students and faculty and to the global expertise that they bring to the cultural and academic fields.

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Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Queen’s University has developed a cross-faculty Earth and Energy Resources Leadership Program with interdisciplinary opportunities for students to develop a complete understanding of the resource life cycle within the conceptual framework of earth systems and sustainable resources.

A Professional Master’s degree is now available that focuses on enhancing leadership skills and integration across multiple fields within earth resource management, including geosciences, engineering, business, law, and policy.  

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Queen’s offers what we believe are the finest graduate programs in Economics in Canada. Our programs prepare students for both applied and theoretical research, and, especially in the case of the M.A. program, for nonacademic careers in both the private and public sectors. Both programs involve a core of courses in economic theory and quantitative methods, together with a range of specialized electives chosen according to each student’s interest.

We offer opportunities to collaborate with the Smith School of Business, Policy Studies and the combined Economics/JD program. Also, because of our low student-to-faculty ratio, and our ability to provide office space within the department you will have ample opportunity to interact with faculty members, in both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

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combined economics & law program

Graduate Diploma in Risk Policy & Regulation


The English Department at Queen’s University is a professionally oriented research department whose faculty members are distinguished by both scholarly prowess and teaching excellence. Students in the MA, MPhil and PhD programs take courses that involve a wide range of critical methodologies, historical periods, and literary genres; they also take a pedagogical and professional skills course that ranges from academic counselling to grant applications to mentoring undergraduate students. Queen’s English students have superb success rates in national scholarship competitions and in securing tenure-track positions upon graduation.

Throughout the year, a variety of events offer graduate students the opportunity to enrich their experience at Queen’s. Students can participate in conferences, graduate colloquia, and an array of discussion groups. The Graduate English Society organizes a Works in Progress forum for graduate students and faculty, as well as numerous extracurricular social and sporting events. MA students have the option of taking as one of their courses a Literary Internship, which places them in a work environment related to literary studies, and MPhil and PhD students have the option of taking the Publishing Practicum course, in which they develop a graduate-level paper into a potentially publishable journal article while learning about the nuances of academic publishing. Graduate students also participate in the hiring of new faculty and host visiting speakers in the Department. PhD students receive thorough teacher training through Teaching Assistantships and in many cases Teaching Fellowships. Travel opportunities are available for conferences and field research.

The MPhil in English is a new program at Queen's that combines course work, field exams and a publishing practicum to provide graduates with both disciplinary breadth and field-specific knowledge. It also provides advanced standing to students choosing to go on to the PhD program at Queen's by three full terms. Read about the differences between the MA and MPhil in English.

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Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies program at Queen’s University provides graduate-level training in the field of environmental sustainability by practicing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the longterm nature and impacts of environmental change, the connections between today’s decisions and tomorrow’s welfare, and the strong dependence of human well-being on environmental quality.

As the market for professionals with environmentally - related skills continues to grow, students are demanding post-graduate training in preparation for environmental careers in industry, government and non-governmental organizations. We have developed our programs in response to this growing demand. This program provides opportunities for joint projects with many disciplines at Queen’s and RMC including Biology, Business, Chemistry, Developmental Studies, Engineering, Geography and others.

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Film and Media Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies

The new Master's and PhD in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies are unique because of their focus on the interface of studies, production and curation. These multidisciplinary and professionally-oriented programs were created to provide students with a wide range of course options and professional opportunities, including arts management, media production (from mainstream media to artistic and activist production), curation, academia, and arts education.

The distinctive focus of the programs - the interface of studies, production, and curation - is not offered in any other film, media, cinema or communications master’s or PhD program in Ontario. Visiting scholars, filmmakers, artists, and curators in the practicum, completed by all students, provide opportunities for practice-based learning, integrating new knowledge gained from other graduate level course work, and implementing some of their newly acquired skills in an appropriate practice setting.

Graduates from the program will acquire comprehensive training, practical research and/or production experience while gaining an understanding of the entire lifecycle of a film/media work and its dissemination. Students will gain knowledge, skills and critical insight to enable them to participate professionally in creative exhibition, presentation and interpretive display contexts. The program is also unique as it is offered in partnership with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC), a university and public art museum with physical display space paralleled by an active online program presence. The slate of courses offered by this partnership provide robust opportunities to participate in and benefit from experiential, applied learning. The structure of this program is designed to engage in creative projects and develop professional profiles suitable to a wide variety of academic and non-academic career pathways.

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Gender Studies

This new program is both cutting edge and respectful of the traditional scholarly strengths of gender studies and women’s studies. It encourages interdisciplinary approaches and supports new ways of looking at issues of sex and gender. The dynamic and diverse nature of our program suits the social, cultural and educational needs of local/global societies that are becoming increasingly fragmented and complex. Our areas of focus include:

  • Activism, social justice and political economy
  • Representation, art, popular culture, cultural production and literatures
  • (Post)colonial, migratory and diasporic communities
  • Feminist and gender theories including critical race/anti-racist theory, queer theory and feminist pedagogies.

In addition to acquiring excellent research skills and pedagogical skills through teaching assistantships, faculty research assistantships provide students with unique professionalization skills in areas such as qualitative and quantitative research, conferencing and conference organization, theoretical debate and research, mentorship in journal editorships.

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Geological Science

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering provides opportunities for advanced studies and research in the Earth Sciences. Faculty interests span disciplines in geology, geochemistry and geoengineering often in a multi-disciplinary fashion and including applications to economic and environmental problems.

With high-tech geochemistry and geophysics labs, geomechanics computing tools, and Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research lab to work in, our students have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge geoscience and geoengineering research. As well, students are able to work in first-rate facilities with world-renowned scientists and research engineers, and have opportunities to collaborate with industrial leaders and engage in extensive fieldwork on six continents, making our program truly a world-class experience. Students can also collaborate with other departments at Queen’s, including Mining, Environmental Studies, Chemistry and Biology as well as other institutions like RMC.

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The Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University offers a comprehensive graduate program in Human Geography, Planning, Earth System Science, and Geographic Information Science, based on innovative research, teaching excellence and strong collaboration between faculty and graduate students. Our specialized Earth System Science laboratories, including GIS and remote-sensing facilities, are equipped with the latest instrumentation, field equipment and software and hardware, required for studying biogeography, climatology, sedimentology and the biogeochemistry of environmental change, among other topics. In human geography and planning, we provide strong support for fieldwork that engages topics of public interest from the community to the national or international scale.

Many of our students work on questions of international significance, including development projects in Latin America or Africa, ecological change in the Arctic or the relationship between international migration and human rights. In recent years, our students have traveled to Nunavut, Japan, Great Britain, Ghana, China, Bolivia, Guatemala, the Caribbean and other locales.

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Global Development Studies

The department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s is one of the premier locations in Canada for conducting research in the field of development studies. Using a variety of interdisciplinary methods, our faculty ask what development means and how is it practiced in an increasingly complex and evolving global context. With a core emphasis on questions of social justice, we explore this exciting and evolving field by examining processes of political, economic and cultural change from the grassroots to the global. Our Master’s program combines these key concerns with strong pedagogy and cutting-edge research to enable students to undertake their own explorations of issues and controversies in the field. Building from departmental strengths in the political economy of development and the cultural politics of development, we offer a stimulating environment in which to conduct research and engage in cross-cultural learning experiences. Our students work on diverse subjects that link the global North and the global South, ranging from trade, aid and finance through to cultural production, gender and indigenous studies.

The Master’s in Global Development Studies is uniquely research orientated. It provides students with the critical concepts and comparative approaches that enable them to create and carry out research projects on development-related topics. This training not only equips students with the global insights and critical thinking tools necessary for further studies in the social sciences, it also gives them an edge for future careers in areas such as law, media, foreign affairs, international business and aid work. To do this, we offer a clearly defined core curriculum that guides students through essential debates in the field. In addition, we provide topics courses on a range of relevant issues that cover diverse methodological perspectives and geographical settings. Alongside courses taught within the department, students have the opportunity to take graduate courses offered by cognate departments including Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Studies, Religion and Sociology. Additionally, there is a wide array of available courses in other faculties and programs, including the Faculty of Education, Smith School of Business, School of Policy Studies, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Cultural Studies, Industrial Relations and Public Health.

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The Department of History offers challenging and innovative M.A. and Ph.D. programs in established and new fields of historical inquiry. Our students are taught primarily in small all-graduate seminars, in which they engage in a lively, critical examination of historical writing, and delve into research in primary sources.

Students participate in the departmental seminar series and biannually host the McGill-Queen’s Graduate History conference that draws students from across Canada and the US. Students who join th program enter a rich, supportive learning community. Our Graduate History Students’ Association provides students with a voice within the department and plans social events throughout the year.

The department is committed to facilitating study-abroad opportunities for our students whenever possible. M.A. students have the opportunity to study for one term at Fudan University in Shanghai. Ph.D. students may take part in international graduate programs at the University of London, and Fudan University.

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Industrial Relations

The Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) degree program is aimed at developing the knowledge and competencies that human resources and labour relations professionals need. The MIR provides students with:

  • A thorough grounding in labour relations and human resources practice;
  • An understanding of evolving employment relationships and organizational dynamics;
  • An understanding of the laws governing the individual employment and collective bargaining relationship;
  • The capacity to collect and analyze data on current workplace issues and interpret research in the field;
  • The skill set of the new HR/LR professional – consulting, facilitation, leadership, coaching, team building and communication.

The majority of our graduates secure employment before finishing their degrees.

The Queen’s MIR program attracts new graduates as well as career employees wishing to upgrade their credentials. Opportunities offered across the 10 month program allow you to sharpen your skills and make contacts that will help you launch your career.

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Professional option

Kinesiology and Health Studies

Our programs offer you the opportunity to study health, physical activity, and sport from a range of perspectives.  Students may study the physiological responses to exercise; health promotion; the mechanics of movement; the psychology of sport; the effects of biological factors on health; the effects of socio-cultural factors on health; and epidemiological study of population health.

Our Master’s (MA/MSc) and Doctorate (PhD) programs provide intellectual challenge, stimulating research collaboration, in-house Graduate Seminar Series, Annual Research Day highlighting current student presenters, and opportunities to serve on School committees.

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Mathematics and Statistics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is home to an outstanding group of faculty researchers with international reputations in their fields of specialization. These represent a wide variety of areas including pure mathematics (algebra, algebraic geometry, analysis, dynamical systems, number theory and probability theory), mathematical physics, mathematics applied to engineering (control theory, information and communication theory), mathematical biology, and both theoretical and applied statistics.The research environment is further enhanced by a very active group of graduate students from across Canada and abroad.

The Department has strong collaborative ties between its Mathematics and Engineering faculty and members of other departments within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science especially in the areas of communications and control theory. Another interdisciplinary collaboration centers on biostatistics and involves cross-appointed researchers at the Clinical Trials Group in the Faculty of Health Sciences and our own statisticians. Our research program is also enriched by the proximity of Kingston’s Royal Military College in Kingston.

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The Queen’s University Philosophy Department offers high quality graduate programs that aspire to give students both a solid general education in philosophy and opportunities for specialized work on topics of your choice. Our faculty is very productive in a broad range of areas of research. The small size of the graduate programs allows for individual attention and a collegial atmosphere.

The writing and analytic skills that our M.A. students develop have consistently made them very desirable candidates for jobs in both the public and private sectors, and sought-after applicants at the best Law Schools, professional M.A. and M.B.A. programs, and the most competitive Ph.D. programs in North America and Europe.

The Ph.D. program affords opportunities to pursue high-level studies and research and to work closely with members of our faculty. Many candidates also acquire valuable teaching experience while they are writing their theses and often have opportunities to take full responsibility for courses as teaching fellows.

Our graduate students have the opportunity to work with students and faculty members in the areas of Political Studies, Law and Medicine. This provides a multidisciplinary environment.

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Political and Legal Thought


The Department of Physics at Queen’s University is one of the leading Canadian research institutes in Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. Our faculty includes high-profile, world-class physicists who work on cutting edge areas of theoretical, computational, applied and experimental physics.

Our students have the opportunity to engage in international collaborations as well as inter-disciplinary research with other departments at Queen's, and work in state-of-the-art laboratories.  Students in Condensed Matter Physics, Optics, and Engineering Physics work on a number of innovative research projects, including nanophotonics, nonlinear and quantum optics, nanophysics, quantum materials, theoretical biophysics, Bose-Einstein condensation, organic light-emitting devices, and semiconductor spintronics. 

Students can work with Parteq Innovations to file intellectual property based on their research inventions.

Students in the Astrophysics and Astronomy program can carry out observational research programs at leading astronomical facilities around the world or related theoretical studies of galaxy formation, structure and evolution, dark matter, general relativity, as well as planetary and stellar astrophysics. Numerical investigations also benefit from access to the High Performance Computing Virtual Lab (Centre for Advanced Computing) supercomputer.

Students in experimental particle astrophysics carry out research in SNOLAB, a world-leading research facility located 2km underground near Sudbury, Canada.  Experiments at SNOLAB use ultra-low background detectors to search for the dark matter particles produced soon after the Big Bang, and to study the properties of neutrinos to better understand how they shaped the evolution of the universe.

Our students also have the opportunity to work with medical researchers in the Medical Physics Research Group at the nearby Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario and at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

Many of our students are involved in community outreach efforts such as Science Rendez-vous and the Queen’s Observatory Public Program.  Our students enjoy the acclaimed beauty of the Queen's campus and the city of Kingston, an affordable lifestyle, and proximity to pristine nature and heritage sites.

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The Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University has long been known for its graduate programs. We are small enough to provide our students with a highly personalized graduate experience, and our faculty are strong, diverse, and well recognized for their research so that we can provide a well-rounded education that gives our graduates a strong basis for a wide range of careers. The department is particularly well known for its strength in the study of ethnically divided and diverse societies. Our M.A. program will help you refine your crucial analytical skills, while our Ph.D. program will help you prepare for a rewarding career in university research and teaching as well as leadership roles in other sectors related to political studies.

Most of our students are offered teaching assistantship positions. We encourage our students to present  papers at academic conferences, and we provide partial support for conference travel. Many of our faculty offer Research Assistantship opportunities. We also encourage and support our students in their field research, and our faculty help students with networking in Canadian and global academic and policy fields.

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Political and Legal Thought


The graduate program in Psychology at Queen’s is internationally renowned for its excellent faculty and students, innovative training and value of its research, scholarship and skill development.We have designed our graduate programs in Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social/Personality Psychology and Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science to emphasize research skills and scholarship, preparing you for an academic career or for research posts in government, industry and other sectors.

The clinical program provides internship opportunities to students. Training is provided in the scientist practitioner model and in diverse clinical and research fields. Students can also avail travel opportunities by attending conferences across North America and Europe, although no specific travel program is available.

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Religious Studies

Queen’s University’s School of Religion offers a theoretically challenging and internationally-acclaimed twelve-month M.A. program in Religious Studies. Students may pick varied courses through which they broaden and deepen undergraduate backgrounds. The program focuses on the relationship between religion and culture (ancient or contemporary). Our courses equip students with the tools to analyze and question issues of politics, culture, race, gender and science in the construction of religion. The program also places an emphasis on contemporary theories and methods in the study of religion. Developing excellent research and writing skills is one of our most important goals. These skills are further honed as students have the opportunity to write a research essay that focuses on a particular religious tradition or phenomenon.

Our program is small and selective, and gives students and faculty the opportunity to work closely together on research projects.

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The Department of Sociology at Queen’s University focuses on critical social inquiry and in-depth research, offering students challenging projects and world-class resources to complete them. Our faculty members are all well-published scholars with national or international reputations, yet they still manage to maintain an open-door policy and establish supportive, mentoring relationships with students.

We are part of The Surveillance Studies Centre, a multi-disciplinary international research initiative which studies issues ranging from supermarket loyalty cards to police networks searching for suspects. We also collaborate with other departments in the university including – Development Studies, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and Kinesiology & Health Studies.

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Urban & Regional Planning

The School of Urban & Regional Planning in the Queen’s Department of Geography and Planning emphasizes excellence in teaching, with high faculty-student engagement and courses that capitalize on the considerable planning experience of our energetic faculty. This is a professional education program that also has a significant research component. It is officially recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners as a key stage toward earning the Registered Professional Planners designation.

We also offer a combined degree program for geography, health and civil engineering students looking for a fast-track second professional degree in urban and regional planning. The program allows Queen’s students to finish their M.PL. degree in less time than it would take to complete it separately

Our internship program offers students the opportunity to work as paid interns with public and private sector organizations across Canada.

The International Experience Awards Program provides funding for three students for study and internship work abroad. We also have exchange agreements with Fudan University, the University of Western Australia, Otago University in New Zealand and others.

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