Chemical and Petroleum Engineering PhD

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Ambitious students looking to make their mark should consider a Chemical and Petroleum Engineering degree. Under the research-based program, students are expected to grow their skills as they produce a significant original contribution to fundamental engineering knowledge. This degree is generally a requirement for a career in academia or government/industrial research. A PhD can also be a first step toward a chief scientific officer (CSO) position.

Completing this program

  • Courses (excluding Petroleum Engineering): Topics may include mass transfer, chemical reactor design, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and more.
  • Professional Development Courses: Students take two professional development courses on communication styles, presentation skills and more.
  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.
  • Petroleum Engineering: Core courses include Reservoir Simulation, Secondary and Tertiary Recovering, Thermal Recovery Methods and more.
  • Doctoral Courses: Students complete Experimental Design and Error Analysis and Advanced Mathematical Methods in Engineering prior to candidacy.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.




Oil and gas, medicine, education, government sector, research and consulting. Process engineer, petroleum reservoir engineer, petroleum production engineer, environmental engineer, software development, documentation for chemical process/petroleum reservoir simulation software, sales.

A PhD in chemical and petroleum engineering is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Three to six courses, depending on specialization

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four year full-time; six years maximum


A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Roberto Aguilera

    Roberto Aguilera

    Tight Oil and Unconventional Gas, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
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    Jalel Azaiez

    Accepting Inquiries
    Flow Instabilities in Porous Media, Nano-Particle Systems, Micro-Fluidics, Numerical and Mathematical Modelling
  3. Anne Benneker

    Anne Benneker

    Accepting Inquiries
    Enhanced transport, Microfluidics
  4. Matthew Clarke

    Matthew Clarke

    Accepting Inquiries
    Gas Hydrates, Biodiesel, High pressure phase equilibria
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    Hector De la Hoz Siegler

    Accepting Inquiries
  6. Josephine Hill

    Josephine Hill

    Accepting Inquiries
  7. Ayodeji Jeje

    Ayodeji Jeje

    Accepting Inquiries
  8. Michael Kallos

    Michael Kallos

    Accepting Inquiries
    Stem Cell Bioprocess Engineering, Suspension Bioreactor Shear Hydrodynamics, Biomaterials Development, Biomedical Engineering
  9. Md Kibria

    Md Kibria

    Seeking Students
    Heterogeneous Catalysis, CO2 conversion, Renewable H2, Artificial Photosynthesis, Reactor Design, Techno-economic Analysis, Nanomaterials
  10. Brij Maini

    Brij Maini

    Improved Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery Processes

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the graduate degree.

Minimum education

An MSc degree or equivalent, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples



  • Two official copies of your final official transcripts and degree certificates (if degree is not clearly stated on transcripts) in signed sealed envelopes from institution attended.  These documents may be sent to us directly from the institution or you can have the documents mailed to yourself and then mail them to us.  We do not considered open official transcripts as official.  
  • Statement of Interest (not mandatory)
  • C.V. (not mandatory)

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: July 15 application deadline
  • International students: Mar. 15 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Nov. 15 application deadline
  • International students: July 15 application deadline

For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Mar. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Nov. 15 application deadline


If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

ENB 202, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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