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One-year Masters in Anthropocene

First graduate degree on the Anthropocene in Canada.

Learn about life in the Anthropocene.

We live in a globalized world profoundly shaped by human activity. We are more interconnected than ever through the Internet and global supply chains, and the individual actions of 8 billion people combine to cause global climate change and rapid biodiversity loss. What does that mean for how to live a good life in the modern world? What can we do as individuals, and what do we need corporations and governments to do? How can science, policy, and art contribute to the grand challenges of the Anthropocene? This interdisciplinary program will rely on Geography, Environmental Studies, Geomatics, and other disciplines to explore the modern world and our place in it.

Choose your path.

The one-year MSc concentration in The Anthropocene is based on 3 mandatory and 3 optional courses, combined with an additional component that you choose yourself: Build your network and get work experience by completing two internships with organizations that work in an area related to the Anthropocene, or delve more into a subject of specific interest to you by writing a Major Research Paper under the supervision of one of our professors.

Learn from experts in the physical, social, and human sciences.

The program includes an introduction to the Anthropocene, a field course, a seminar series, and a range of courses covering human and physical aspects of the modern world. All courses are taught by experts in their field, with expertise ranging from climate change through urbanization and migration to indigenous ways of living and human interactions with the environment. The wide range of expertise and integrative thinking available in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, and across the University of Ottawa campus, brings this truly interdisciplinary program to life.

Experiential learning

People OC Train

This new short program offers the opportunity to get real life experience through internships.  


  • 6 Courses + Two Internships

  • 6 Courses + Supervised Major Research Paper

More information about the program requirements

To complete this program, students must complete the following program requirements:

  • ENV5000/GEG5000 – Graduate Field Camp
  • ENV5101 – The Anthropocene
  • GEG6000 – Phipps-Langlois Seminars
  • Two of the following courses:
    • GEG5105 – Selected Topics in Human Geography
    • GEG5109 – Place and Social Transformations
    • GEG5310 – Selected Topics in Physical Geography
    • GEG5311 – Environmental Change in Cold Regions
    • GEG6101 – Data Analysis and Modelling
    • GEG6102 – Advanced Geomatics
    • GEG6103 – Spatial Data Analysis
  • One of the following courses:
    • ANT6102 – Globalization and Capitalist Imaginaries
    • ANT6104 – Indigeneities
    • ANT6122 – Environmental Anthropology
    • EDU6106 – Science, Technology, Society and Environment
    • DVM6102 – Livelihoods, Resources and Sustainability
    • DVM6112 – Special Topics in Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability
  • One of the following:
    • Two 100-hour internships with individuals or organizations working on the Anthropocene
    • A Major Research Paper

Apply for admission

  • Admission requirements
  • Deadlines
  • Scholarships and financial aid

Questions about admissions? Contact the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Arts

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  • Full- or part-time enrolment
  • In-person courses
  • September or January start
  • Courses in English or French according to your preference 

Get in touch

Professor Anders Knudby
Chair, Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Room: SMD 029
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1224
Work E-mailgegdirg@uOttawa.ca

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