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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.
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.
Consulting, research and development, forensic engineering, management, process control.
A PhD in mechanical engineering is usually considered a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Two courses minimum with conference presentation
Three years full-time; six years maximum
A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted
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.
An MSc degree or equivalent.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
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