Memorial University of Newfoundland

501–600 th
World University Rankings 2021
301–400 th
Impact Rankings 2021
St. John's, PO Box 4200, Newfoundland, A1C 5S7, Canada

About Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University is uniquely positioned in the harsh maritime environment of Newfoundland and Labrador. Memorial’s faculty members are global experts in the fields of ocean engineering and science, offshore industry and policy, and technology. Their work is supported by world-class research and facilities and strong public partnerships with the people, industries and organizations that live and work here. More than 40 per cent of Memorial University’s research is ocean-related (68 per cent in the Faculty of Science alone). If there’s ocean research happening in the North Atlantic, Memorial is likely involved.

Multidisciplinary collaborative approach

In fact, Memorial is a partner with the Ocean Frontier Institute, a $220 million collaborative research initiative aimed at harnessing the vast potential of the world’s ocean. OFI represents a historic partnership between Memorial, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island. OFI was launched in September 2016 thanks to considerable funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and various private and public-sector organizations.

Memorial is also part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, a private sector-led partnership using innovation and commercialization to drive increased sustainable economic growth from our oceans.

Top 20

As one of the top 20 research universities in Canada, Memorial received more than $100 million in research funding in 2017. Memorial and its funding partners have long believed in investing in talented students and we’re proud to say we have more than 1,500 graduate fellowships and 840 PhD students.

Specialized centres

Memorial’s Marine Institute, a world-leading ocean training and applied research institute, and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, home of the world’s only co-operative education program in ocean and naval architectural engineering, are two examples of the programming and facilities available. Memorial also offers specialized centres to support research and innovation in ocean technology, aquaculture, sustainable fishery, marine development and offshore safety.

As Newfoundland and Labrador’s university, Memorial is the only anglophone university in Canada to offer comprehensive folklore programs at all levels. Its medical programs have the best track record in Canada at training doctors for careers in rural areas and the Queen Elizabeth II Library houses the largest research library collection east of Montreal. Memorial has demonstrated strengths in areas ranging from ethnomusicology to genetics and from archaeology to social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Prestigious honours

Memorial’s faculties have been recognized with numerous awards and honours for their meaningful contributions to society. The Arctic Inspiration PrizeSSHRC Impact Awards gold medalSSHRC Insight AwardGovernor General’s Innovation Award, and the UN’s Climate Solution Award are just a few of the national and international accolades that demonstrate Memorial’s place as a global research university.

Some of our nationally and internationally recognized faculty include:

  • 29 fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 20 Canada Research Chairs
  • 16 fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • 11 fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Inclusive community

Memorial is a multi-campus, multidisciplinary university dedicated to creativity, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship and public engagement. With campuses in St. John’s and Corner Brook, N.L., and Harlow, Essex, U.K., Memorial welcomes students and scholars from all over the world, including more than 18,000 students from nearly 100 countries. Memorial’s inclusive community is committed to fostering and promoting ingenuity while contributing knowledge and expertise locally, nationally and internationally. 

According to the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest percentage of full-time international master’s and doctoral students in Canada. In 2015, Memorial ranked first among Canadian universities in the International Student Barometer in the category of support from the graduate school.

Founded as a living memorial to those who died in the First World War and subsequent conflicts, Memorial has a special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and is responsive to their professional and personal aspirations. To take a closer look at Memorial, visit

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Key statistics

  • 13.9
    No. of students per staff
  • 20%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 56 : 44
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 15,253
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings