The program information below is valid for the spring 2019 term (May 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019).

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Graduate research fields

  • Automation and Controls
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Engineering and Processing
  • Solid-Body Mechanics and Mechanical Design
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A thesis-based Master's degree from a university of recognized standing with a minimum 80% standing with demonstrated research capabilities.
    • In order to be admitted to PhD candidacy, applicants must have demonstrated research capabilities. For this reason, should graduates with a Master's degree obtained without producing a research thesis desire to enter the PhD program, they must satisfy the Department that they are able to carry out independent research.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      at least 2 academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Candidates must successfully complete at least 3 graduate courses at the 600 or 700 level (0.50 unit weight) with an overall average of 70% (no more than 1 of the courses used for credit towards the PhD degree may be taught by the candidate's supervisor). The actual program is decided by the student and the supervisor(s), subject to the approval of the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.
    • Candidates admitted to the PhD program who do not possess a recent and relevant Master's degree or have transferred directly to the PhD program without a Master's degree, are required to complete a minimum of 7 courses, at least 5 of which must be at the 600 or 700 levels (0.50 unit weight).
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Graduate Safety Milestone
    • The Graduate Safety Milestone must be completed by the end of the student's second registered term.
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
    • Students are required to meet the University-level PhD Comprehensive Examination minimum requirements outlined in the “Minimum requirements for the PhD degree” section of the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar (GSAC), with certain noted differences that are specific to the Faculty of Engineering Comprehensive Examination minimum requirements:
      • Comprehensive examination purpose: Consistent with University-level minimum requirements.
      • Timing: Students must follow the Faculty of Engineering completion timelines whereby students shall complete their comprehensive examination before the end of their 4th term or 6th term in cases where the student is admitted to the PhD program without a completed Master’s degree. 
      • Committee: Students must follow the Faculty of Engineering committee composition guidelines which differ from the University-level minimum requirements in both number of committee members and committee makeup.
      • Who Chairs an examination: Students must follow the Faculty of Engineering Chair guidelines whereby the Chair is normally selected from outside of the student’s home department.
      • Format / Content: Consistent with University-level minimum requirements but with additional information provided in the Faculty of Engineering Comprehensive Examination minimum requirements.
      • Academic integrity: Consistent with University-level minimum requirements.
    • In addition to the University-level and Faculty-level PhD Comprehensive Examination minimum requirements, students in the PhD in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering program are also required to meet the following requirements:
      • The thesis topic is decided by the student and supervisor(s), in consultation with an Advisory Committee.
      • The Comprehensive Examination Committee, on the advice of the candidate's supervisor(s), should examine:
        • The adequacy of the course of study being undertaken.
        • The student's performance both in the coursework and in the research studies.
        • The proposal for research program as presented by the student.
        • The adequacy of the student's technical background in related areas of knowledge.
      • The main decision to be reached is whether the candidate should proceed with the proposed study or change the emphasis in the research work. Advice about taking additional graduate courses may also be given.
  • PhD Thesis
    • This degree is awarded after candidates have satisfied the Examining Committee that their thesis is a substantial original contribution to knowledge and have also demonstrated a high degree of competence in areas of knowledge related to their specialization.
    • Regulations governing the submission and examination of the PhD thesis are found in the Minimum Requirements for the PhD Degree section of the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.
    • The Examining Committee consists of the supervisor(s) and four other members nominated by the supervisor(s) and is approved by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee. One of the committee members is appointed from outside the University, another from outside the Department.