Professor and Dean R. Seshadri

Professor and Associate Dean M. Haddara

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is offered in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and may be obtained either through full-time or part-time studies. The Ph.D. degree can be obtained through programmes in the following disciplines: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering. At present, the following interdisciplinary research areas are active in the Faculty: Engineering Analysis; Environmental and Hydrotechnical Studies; Manufacturing and Robotics; Mechanics, Structures, and Materials; and Ocean Engineering. The interdisciplinary area of Ocean Engineering has been and continues to be a major strength for graduate studies and research in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.






Admission to the Ph.D. program is limited and competitive. All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications described in the general regulations for the School of Graduate Studies. Admission is normally restricted to candidates holding a Master's degree in Engineering or a related area. Decisions on admission, however, will also take into account such things as the applicant's rank in class, referees' assessments, general performance throughout the applicant's previous academic programmes, and the availability of supervisors in the area of the applicant's interest. In cases of demonstrated ability, a student enrolled in the M.Eng. program may be allowed to transfer to the Ph.D. program without the completion of all the M.Eng. degree requirements. As well, in exceptional cases, direct entry to the Ph.D. program, after completion of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related area, is possible.

Normally, applicants will be considered in January for admission for the following September. In special cases, applicants may also be considered in April and August. Applications should be made sufficiently far in advance to permit the University to obtain all relevant documents and review the application.


A Ph.D. program shall normally consist of three components:

1) a minimum of 6 credit hours consisting of graduate courses recommended by the student's supervisory committee
2) a comprehensive examination as detailed in Section C
3) a thesis satisfying the requirements of the general regulations for the School of Graduate Studies.

In cases of direct entry after a Bachelor's degree or promotion from a Master's program before fulfilment of the Master's course requirements, it is likely that the student will be required to take more credit hours than the normally required minimum. In such cases, the requirements for the course component of the student's program will be reviewed on an individual basis by the student's supervisory committee and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.


PART I - Timing of Examination

A candidate registered in a Ph.D. program in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science shall normally take the Comprehensive Examination during the first year of the program.

PART II - Composition of the Examination Committee

The Examination Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science. It shall consist of:

a) The Dean of Engineering and Applied Science (or delegate) who shall be the Chair and a voting member.
b) The Dean of Graduate Studies or delegate.
c) Four additional voting members nominated by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The candidate's Supervisor and not more than one other from the Supervisory Committee shall be among the nominated members of the Examination Committee.

PART III - Content of Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination for Ph.D. candidates shall consist of two parts, a research examination and a general examination.

a) Research Examination

The candidate will provide a written submission to the Examination Committee outlining the proposed research program. In this brief, the candidate must demonstrate an acceptable understanding of the proposed research and indicate the availability of the facilities necessary to carry out the work.

The Comprehensive Examination Committee shall examine the candidate orally on any or all aspect(s) of the research proposal.

b) General Examination

Within two weeks after the Research Examination the candidate shall submit to another oral examination by the same Committee. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate a mastery of the subdisciplines of engineering as defined in General Regulation H.2.c.

At least one week in advance of the first oral examination, the Chair of the Examination Committee will issue a notice to faculty and graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, notifying the date and place of the examinations. Both oral examinations shall be open. After the candidate has been examined by the Examination Committee, others in the audience will be given an opportunity to question the candidate.

At the conclusion of the public portion of the oral examination, the Committee may meet in private to further question the candidate and may ask the candidate to appear for a written examination on specified topics within 14 days after the general oral examination. The candidate shall be given at least 7 days notice before such written examination.

The Examination Committee will meet in camera to arrive at its recommendations. After the Committee has considered the candidate's performance on all portions of the examination, the Chair shall report the result of the examination to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The report will be in accordance with General Regulation H.2.


In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Dean of the Faculty.

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates as far as the resources of the Faculty will allow.

9002. Ocean Engineering Structures
9015. Ocean Engineering Hyrodynamics
9022. Marine Geotechnical Engineering
9052. Ice Properties and Mechanics
9090/99. Special Topics in Ocean Engineering
9210. Advanced Engineering Materials
9310. Engineering Economic Analysis
9390/94. Special Topics in Engineering Management
9411. Probabilistic Methods in Engineering
9420. Engineering Analysis
9440. Optimization Principles in Engineering
9495/99. Special Topics in Engineering Analysis
9501. Finite Element Analysis with Engineering Applications
9505. Structural Dynamics and Vibrations
9516. Similitude, Modelling and Experimental Data Analysis (formerly 9710)
9520. Solid and Structural Mechanics
9525. Mechanics of Brittle Viscoelastic Solids
9540/49. Special Topics in Mechanics, Structures & Materials
9550. Fatigue, Fracture and Corrosion
9601 Environmental Pollution and Mitigation (cross listed as Env.Sci/Eng 6004)
9603. Environmental Sampling and Pollutant Analysis (cross listed as Env.Sci/Eng. 6005)
9610/15. Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Applied Science
9621. Soil Remediation Engineering
9622. Environmental Statistics
9624. Air Pollution
9625. Offshore Environmental Operations
9712. Environmental Hydraulics
9713. Stochastic Hydrology
9723. Soil Properties and Behaviour (formerly 9720)
9750. Advanced Topics in Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete (formerly 9701)
9755. Advanced Topics in Precast & Prestressed Concrete (formerly 9702)
9760/64. Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
9790/99. Special Topics in Civil Engineering
9815. Electromagnetic Propagation
9816. Antenna Theory
9821. Digital Signal Processing (formerly 9831)
9826. Advanced Control Systems (formerly 9810)
9827. Continuous and Discrete-Event Systems
9834. Advanced Power Electronics (formerly 9814)
9835. Advanced Electric Machines
9847. Computer & Control Methods in Power Systems (formerly 9811)
9848. Power System Stability (formerly 9812)
9861. High-Performance Computer Architecture
9865. Advanced Digital Systems
9867. Advanced Computing Concepts for Engineering
9869. Advanced Concurrent Programming
9871. Information Theory and Coding (formerly 9833)
9873. Image Communications
9876. Advanced Data Networks
9880/83. Special Topics in Computer Engineering
9884/87. Special Topics in Signal Processing
9888/91. Special Topics in Communications Engineering
9892/95. Special Topics in Power Systems and Control
9896/99. Special Topics in Applied Electromagnetics
9901. Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics (formerly 9510)
9910. Advanced Manufacturing
9920. Advanced Concepts in Mechanical Design
9925. Theory & Design of Mechanical Components & Structures
9940. Advanced Robotics
9985/89. Special Topics in Manufacturing & Robotics
9990/99. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

** Courses cross-listed with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

*** Courses cross-listed with the Department of Computer Science.

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