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Chemical Engineering PhD

* Subject to MEES approval

Admission Requirements

Admission on a full-time basis:

  • Master's degree or equivalent with high standing in engineering or the sciences.

Holders of a bachelor's degree will, in general, be considered for admission to a master's program only. After completion of a minimum of two terms of full- time study, they may, upon application, be considered by the GCS Graduate Studies Committee for admission to a PhD program (please see Graduate Calendar regulations on accelerated admission to PhD programs).

The Department Graduate Studies Committee will determine the acceptability of an applicant for admission to the program and may require the applicant to do specific remedial course work, including the bridge course CHME 401 Principles of Chemical Engineering, and/or other course(s) to meet the program requirements.

Credible academic references and a statement of purpose are required.

Degree Requirements

See the description of the PhD requirements in the general section on the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

12 credits – Chosen from Core and Electives

At least 4 credits (one courses) chosen from:
CHME 6011 - Advanced Transport Phenomena (4 credits)
CHME 6021 - Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (4 credits)
CHME 6031 - Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering (4 credits)
CHME 6041 - Chemical Engineering Process Dynamics and Control (4 credits)
CHME 6051 - Chemical Process Engineering and Design (4 credits)
CHME 6071 - Materials Science and Engineering (4 credits)
CHME 6121 - Nanomaterials Science and Engineering (4 credits)
ENCS 6021 - Engineering Analysis (4 credits)

Up to 8 credits (two courses) from lists 1, 2, or 3

Students may take an elective course outside lists 1, 2, or 3 with permission of the Graduate Program Director.

Students who take a three-credit course towards their course requirement of 12 credits must take course CHME 6001 CHME 6001 - Project in Chemical and Materials Engineering to obtain the missing credit.

List 1:
CHME 6061 - Advanced Biochemical Engineering (4 credits)
CHME 6081 - Advanced Separation Processes (4 credits)
CHME 6091 - Statistics for Chemical Engineering (4 credits)
CHME 6101 - Advanced Battery Materials and Technologies (4 credits)
CHME 6111 - Polymer Chemistry and Engineering (4 credits)
CHME 6131 - Advanced Colloid and Interface Science and Engineering (4 credits)
CHME 6911 - Topics in Chemical Engineering I (4 credits)
ENCS 6111 - Numerical Methods (4 credits)
ENGR 6201 - Fluid Mechanics (4 credits)
MECH 6131 - Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer (4 credits)
MECH 6141 - Heat Exchanger Design (4 credits)
MECH 7101 - Convection Heat Transfer (4 credits)

List 2:
CHME 7911 - Topics in Chemical Engineering II (4 credits)
ENGR 6601 - Principles of Solar Engineering (4 credits)
ENGR 6971 - Project and Report I (4 credits)
MECH 6571 - Corrosion and Oxidation of Metals (4 credits)
Any courses listed in Topic Areas E03, E04, E07, E37, E52, and E57 not included in the core course list of the MEng program in Chemical Engineering or in List 1

List 3:
Any course(s) listed in Topic Areas E08 and E09.

2 credits – Seminar

ENCS 8011 - PhD Seminar (2 credits)

6 credits – Comprehensive Examination and Research Proposal

ENCS 8501 - Comprehensive Examination (no credit value)
ENCS 8511 - Doctoral Research Proposal (6 credits)

70 credits – Thesis

ENGR 8911 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (70 credits)

Students who are permitted to fast-track to the PhD program (please see Graduate Calendar regulations on accelerated admission to PhD programs) must complete a total of 28 course credits, at least 12 of which should be from the core course list, and the remainder of which should come from lists 1, 2, or 3, not including Topic Area E08 or ENGR 6971.

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