Jan 25, 2022  
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The Degree of PhD (Chemical and Materials Engineering) [Graduate]

The Department offers PhD degrees with specializations in Chemical Engineering, Process Control, and Materials Engineering.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete eight courses (20.5) and a thesis.

Coursework (★20.5)

  • Six 3 courses which must be approved by the Associate Chair (Graduate).
    • At least three courses must be 600-level or higher courses in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The following courses are considered to be equivalent to 600-level CME courses:
    • The remaining three courses must be at the 500-level or higher in the Faculty of Engineering, or be at the 400-level or higher in a Science department. Science courses at the 400-level must be approved by the Associate Chair (Graduate). The following courses are considered to be equivalent to 500-level Engineering courses:
    • Students specializing in Materials Engineering must take MAT E 640  - Advanced Materials Thermodynamics as one of their three 600-level courses
    • Reading courses will not count towards the total course requirements.
    • Students may be eligible for a Department course exemption if they have previously completed a recognized graduate degree program at an accredited university
  • ENGG 600  (0.5)- Engineering Ethics and Integrity
  • CME 600  (2) – Introduction to Research Methods. This course must be completed in the first year in the doctoral program.


  • Registration in 900-level THES. Students are required to complete a thesis which embodies the results of independent research. All PhD students are required to deliver one public presentation on their research.

Candidacy Exam

The Candidacy exam must be held within 16 months of the initial registration in the program for full-time students. The research proposal must be submitted within 13 months of the initial registration in the program.


Students are required to attend a minimum of six seminars of the D.B. Robinson Distinguished Seminar Series per academic year throughout the duration of their program. Students starting their program in January must attend at least three of these seminars in their first term. Students who miss the attendance requirement for the D.B. Robinson series will be assigned additional work.

Ethics Requirement

Engineering students meet their ethics requirement through ENGG 600 .

Professional Development Requirement

Engineering students are required to meet their Professional Development requirement through the completion of two virtual courses available through eClass.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two academic years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Academic Standing Requirement

Any graduate student who has gone directly into a PhD program after their BSc program is required to maintain a first-class standing (cumulative gpa of 3.5 out of 4.0).

Length of Program

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.