Degree Offerings

Queen's Department of Chemical Engineering offers M.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D. degrees

  • Research-based degree
  • Fully funded for four years
  • Four graduate courses (with a Master’s degree)
  • Seven graduate courses (without a Master’s degree)
  • Two seminars
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Thesis

The objectives of the PhD program are to conduct research inquiry at the forefront of discipline knowledge, educate students in advanced concepts and techniques, foster independent and critical thought, and develop technical leadership. To successfully complete the PhD program, the candidate must make an original contribution to existing knowledge in the field of study. Candidates are prepared for careers in academic research and teaching, industrial research and development, and government research. Candidates are expected to have acquired autonomy in conducting research, critical assessment of research, and preparing scholarly publications.

These objectives are achieved through a combination of formal coursework, independent research, teaching and research assistantships, and a research thesis making original contributions to the field of study.

PhD candidates accepted with a M.Sc. must take a minimum of four term courses. Two graduate courses must be from within the department of Chemical Engineering, unless otherwise approved by the research supervisor and departmental graduate coordinator. At least one term-length course must be taken outside the department. All programs of study must be approved by the department. No credit is given for undergraduate-level courses.

Students in the MSc program who are promoted to the PhD program, as well as BSc holders that are admitted directly to the PhD program are required to take a minimum of four term courses.  Two graduate courses must be from within the department, unless otherwise approved by the research supervisor and departmental graduate coordinator. At least one term-length course must be taken outside the department. No credit is given for undergraduate-level courses.

The objectives of the program are to educate students in advanced concepts and techniques, conduct research inquiry at the forefront of discipline knowledge, and foster independent and critical thought. Independent and critical thought comprise the critical and scholarly skills necessary to conduct research. These objectives are achieved through a combination of coursework, thesis and project work, and research seminars.

Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)

  • Research-based degree
  • Fully funded for two years
  • Four graduate courses
  • One seminar
  • Thesis

This is a thesis-based Masters. Time-to-completion is typically 18-24 months. The minimum requirements to be fulfilled are 4 term courses and a thesis. Two graduate courses must be from within the Department of Chemical Engineering unless otherwise approved by the research supervisor and departmental graduate coordination. One course may be selected from 400-level courses in other departments. All students must take CHEM-801*, a non-credit course in laboratory safety, at the first opportunity after their initial registration. The student must attend department seminars and complete one seminar presentation on the student's thesis work in order to complete CHEE897, the mandatory seminar series course.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

  • Academic-based degree
  • No funding
  • Eight graduate courses

The requirements for this program are 8 term length courses. At least 4 term length courses must be taken from the department. A maximum of 2 courses may be selected from 400-level courses in other departments. All programs of study must be approved by the department. This is a one-year program with a start date of September only with no financial support from the University or the Department.

All students must take CHEM-801, a non-credit course in laboratory safety, at the first opportunity after their initial registration. The student must attend department seminars and complete two seminar presentations on the student's thesis work in order to complete CHEE897, the mandatory seminar series course.

NOTE: Applicants for the above programs are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Courses of instruction are provided in term length (0.5 in weight) or modular six-week (0.25 in weight) types. Go to http://www.queensu.ca/calendars/sgsr/General_Regulations.html for details.