Memorial University of Newfoundland

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
St. John's, PO Box 4200, Newfoundland, A1C 5S7, Canada

About Memorial University of Newfoundland


Memorial University is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary university dedicated to creativity, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship and public engagement.  Founded as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War — “that in freedom of learning their cause and sacrifice might not be forgotten.”

Uniquely positioned in the harsh maritime environment of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial boasts nationally and internationally leading research expertise. This is no more evident than in its world-renowned and longstanding ocean-related research. In fact, more than 40 per cent of Memorial’s research is ocean-related and its faculty members are global experts in fields such as ocean engineering and science, offshore industry and policy, and technology. That work is supported by world-class research and facilities – such as the world’s largest flume tank – and strong public partnerships with the people, industries and organizations that live and work here. If there’s ocean research happening in the North Atlantic, Memorial is likely involved.

From the classics to advanced technology, Memorial offers certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs across six campuses and online. More than 19,000 students from over 115 countries come together to learn and engage at Memorial.

Top 20

As a research-intensive institution, Memorial has notable strengths in wide range of other areas including natural resources, health, social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship, climate change and social justice. Its researchers continue to forge international collaborations, solve industry challenges and provide valuable insight to make our world a better place. Memorial’s research and creative activities have global reach with local impact.

As one of Canada’s top 20 research universities, Memorial attracted more than $175 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2021. The university continually ranks as one of the best in the world, placing among the top 1,000 post-secondary institutions and is the top Canadian university for the study of marine/ocean engineering. Its multidisciplinary researchers are among the World's Top 2% Scientists. Learn more about Memorial’s institutional rankings here.

Unique offerings

To support the growing innovation economy and high-tech sector at home and abroad, Memorial offers three new graduate programs: a master of applied science in software engineeringa master of artificial intelligence and a master of data science.

Memorial also offers a number of unique programs including:

  • Its medical programs have the best track record in Canada at training doctors for careers in rural areas.

Its Queen Elizabeth II Library houses the largest research library collection east of Montreal. Read more fast facts about Memorial University.

Prestigious honours

Memorial researchers have been recognized with numerous awards and honours for their meaningful contributions to society. Notable honours include the Arctic Inspiration Prize, SSHRC Impact Awards (including Gold Medal and Insight Award), Governor General’s Innovation Award (2018 and 2019), the Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award, the Dorothy Killam Fellowship and the UN’s Climate Solution Award.

Inclusive community

With campuses in St. John’s, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom, Memorial welcomes students and scholars from all over the world. Memorial’s inclusive community, including a global network of almost 100,000 alumni, is committed to fostering and promoting ingenuity while contributing knowledge and expertise locally, nationally and internationally. 

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Subjects taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Geography
    • Sociology
  • Business & economics

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Business & Management
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Physics & Astronomy
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Arts & humanities

    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Archaeology
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Life sciences

    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Education

    • Education

Key statistics

  • 15.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 23%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 55 : 45
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 16,318
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings