Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Students looking to become world-leading experts as they push the boundaries of knowledge in their field should pursue a research-based Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (PhD Thesis) degree. With the support of leading researchers, students will perform innovative and cutting-edge research, publishing their knowledge in peer-reviewed manuscripts and disseminating their findings through everything from conferences to peer-reviewed publications and technical papers. The program usually takes three years of full-time study following a master’s degree, or four years following a bachelor’s degree. PhD students are typically funded through the duration of their studies under various mechanisms offered by the faculty, department, and supervisor.

Completing this program

  • Manufacturing Engineering: Topics may include computer integrated manufacturing, optimization methods with robotics, CAD/CAM/CAE and more.

  • Mechanical Engineering: Topics may include combustion processes, mechanics of compressible flow, instrumentation, mobile robotics and more.

  • Research Seminar: Prior to candidacy, PhD students present at the annual Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Conference.

  • Additional Courses: Students without an MSc complete Numerical Methods for Engineers and/or others.

  • Pipeline Engineering Specialization: Students wishing to complete the Pipeline Engineering Specialization must include 2 approved courses with a Pipeline Engineering project.

  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.

  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.

Specializations

Outcomes

Consulting, research and development, forensic engineering, management, process control.

A PhD in mechanical 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.

Courses

Two courses minimum with conference presentation

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Three years full-time; six years maximum

Supervisor

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.


Supervisors

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


  1. Bob Brennan

    Bob Brennan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Self-Manageable and Adaptive Cyber-Physical Systems for Manufacturing Automation, Chair in Design Engineering
  2. Ke Du

    Ke Du

    Accepting Inquiries
    1) Air pollution process, 2) Environmental monitoring techniques
  3. Neil Duncan

    Neil Duncan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Orthopaedic Bioengineering and Tissue Engineering
  4. Philip Egberts

    Philip Egberts

    Accepting Inquiries
    Nanotribology, Ultra-high vacuum surface science, Lubricants and Coatings
  5. Salvatore Federico

    Salvatore Federico

    Accepting Inquiries
    Continuum Mechanics, Soft Tissue Biomechanics
  6. Peter Goldsmith

    Peter Goldsmith

    Accepting Inquiries
    Robotics, Control Systems, Human-Computer Interfaces, Mathematics, Education
  7. Seonghwan Sam Kim

    Seonghwan (Sam) Kim

    Accepting Inquiries
    M/NEMS with IR spectroscopy, Nano-metrology with SPM, Porous Nanomaterials for Sensing, Nanomaterials for enhanced oil recovery and environmental remediation, Micro/nanoscale fluid-structure interaction
  8. Artem Korobenko

    Artem Korobenko

    Accepting Inquiries
    Ongoing and perspective research directions
  9. Me

    Jihyun Lee

    Accepting Inquiries
    Mechatronics, robotics, manufacturing, vibrations, dynamics, control
  10. LePing Li

    LePing Li

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biomechanics; Applied mechanics
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    Simon Park

    Seeking Students
    Nano, Mechanical, Pipelines, Sensors, Composites, Coatings, Vibrations, Manufacturing
  12. Jeff Pieper

    Jeff Pieper

    Accepting Inquiries
    Control Systems
  13. Janet Ronsky

    Janet Ronsky

    Accepting Inquiries
    Musculoskeletal biomechanics
  14. Paul Tu

    Paul Tu

    Accepting Inquiries
    Manufacturing Engineering
  15. Deyi Xue

    Deyi Xue

    Seeking Students
    Design and Manufacturing

Admission Requirements


GPA

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 undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

An MSc degree or equivalent.

Work samples

None

Documents

None

Reference letters

Two

Test scores

None


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:

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: June 1 application deadline
  • International students:  Jan. 15 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Oct. 1 application deadline
  • International students:  May 1 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

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering
Room 505, The Mechanical Engineering Building Room, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
403.220.4153

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Schulich School of Engineering

Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
403.220.5732

Visit the Schulich School of Engineering website