Professor and Dean
M.R. Haddara, Interim

Professor and Associate Dean
R. Gosine, Acting

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 programs in the following disciplines: Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer 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 programs, 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.


For a list of graduate courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science refer to the list of “Core Courses” and the list of “Other Courses” offered for the Master of Engineering program.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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