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Chemical Engineering PhD

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent with high standing in engineering or the sciences.
  • Admission on a full-time basis.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

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

Please see the Engineering Courses page for course descriptions.

Chemical Engineering PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Course:

CHME 6981 Chemical Engineering Research Protocols and Safety (4.00)


credits chosen from the Chemical Engineering PhD Courses list.

Note: Students may take a course outside the course list with permission of the Graduate Program Director.

Students who take a three-credit course towards their course requirement of 12 credits must take the course

CHME 6001 Project in Chemical and Materials Engineering (1.00)
to obtain the missing credit.



ENCS 8501 Comprehensive Examination (0.00)
ENCS 8511 Doctoral Research Proposal (6.00)
ENCS 8011 PhD Seminar (2.00)



ENGR 8911 Doctoral Research and Thesis (70.00)

Chemical Engineering PhD Courses (8 credits)

CHME 6011 Advanced Transport Phenomena (4.00)
CHME 6021 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (4.00)
CHME 6031 Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering (4.00)
CHME 6041 Chemical Engineering Process Dynamics and Control (4.00)
CHME 6051 Chemical Process Engineering and Design (4.00)
CHME 6061 Advanced Biochemical Engineering (4.00)
CHME 6071 Materials Science and Engineering (4.00)
CHME 6081 Advanced Separation Processes (4.00)
CHME 6091 Statistics for Chemical Engineering (4.00)
CHME 6101 Advanced Battery Materials and Technologies (4.00)
CHME 6111 Polymer Chemistry and Engineering (4.00)
CHME 6131 Advanced Colloid and Interface Science and Engineering (4.00)
CHME 6911 Topics in Chemical Engineering I (4.00)
CHME 7911 Topics in Chemical Engineering II (4.00)
ENCS 6021 Engineering Analysis (4.00)
ENCS 6111 Numerical Methods (4.00)
ENGR 6201 Fluid Mechanics (4.00)
ENGR 6601 Principles of Solar Engineering (4.00)
ENGR 6971 Project and Report I (4.00)
MECH 6131 Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer (4.00)
MECH 6141 Heat Exchanger Design (4.00)
MECH 6571 Corrosion and Oxidation of Metals (4.00)
MECH 7101 Convection Heat Transfer (4.00)

Students may also choose from the following Topic Areas:

E03 - Systems and Control

E04 - Fluid Mechanics

E07 - Energy Conversion

E37 - Environmental Engineering

E52 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

E57 - Composite Materials

E08 - Academic Communication Skills

E09 - Professional Leadership Skills

CHEM 631 Computational Chemistry (3.00)

Note: Students may only select courses selected from the above Topic Areas that are not included in the Chemical Engineering MASc Core Courses list or the Chemical Engineering MASc Electives List.

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