"I enjoyed the interaction between the students and faculty and our industrial partners. It was like a built-in work experience while you’re in school. Apart from the fact that I’ve been learning a real-life system and have real data to work with, I’ve also had real world experience that I can add to my résumé.
Adegboyega Babasola, M.Sc., 2009
We offer you the opportunity to explore your research interests in collaboration with acclaimed scientists in our department, across Queen’s and at other institutions. You will work in world-class, locally-based research facilities including the Fuel Cell Research Centre (in collaboration with the Royal Military College of Canada), the Human Mobility Research Centre and the Advanced Polymeric Materials Characterization facility. While we emphasize and encourage collaboration with other researchers across the University our research activity is focused on our approved fields of study: Biochemical Engineering, Polymers & Reaction Chemistry and Process Systems Engineering.
Our department is big enough to ensure breadth of research activities while fostering a cohesive learning environment. We offer opportunities to collaborate with scientists in the Human Mobility Research Centre and Computational Science and Engineering, as well as with co-supervising faculty in other departments. Several students from our department have visited international research laboratories including those in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Career paths – employment opportunities
In addition to academic and industrial research careers, our graduates find employment in the public sector, the private sector, consulting, sales, and marketing, and in industry including finance, petroleum, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.
M.Eng.: (course based Masters) 1 year
M.A.Sc.: 1.5-2 years
Ph.D.: 3-4 years
Method of Completion
Master’s: course work, seminar and thesis
Ph.D.: course work , two seminars, comprehensive exam and thesis
We suggest that you review the specific research projects currently being investigated by faculty members to identify a potential supervisor. Please note, however, that contacting a faculty member does not guarantee acceptance and you will need to submit your full application in order to be considered.
Biochemical Engineering - Biological conversion of biological feedstocks to energy, materials and useful ends (e.g., degradation of pollutants).
Researchers: Andrew Daugulis (Queen’s Research Chair), Ron Neufeld, Juliana Ramsay, Bruce Ramsay and Pascale Champagne.
Environmental Engineering - Biological conversion of pollutants to benign products.
Researchers: Juliana Ramsay, Bruce Ramsay and Andrew Daugulis .
Macro-molecular Processes and Products - Polymer reaction engineering including biological macromolecules.
Researchers: Brian Amsden, Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Giacomin, Robin Hutchinson, Marianna Kontopoulou, Kim McAuley, Scott Parent, Ron Neufeld and Kim Woodhouse
Biomedical Engineering - Tissue engineering.
Researchers: Brian Amsden, Lauren Flynn, Ron Neufeld and Kim Woodhouse
Process Systems Engineering - Process control, optimization and applied statistics.
Researchers: Martin Guay, Tom Harris, Xiang Li, Kim McAuley and Jim McLellan.
Fuel Cells - PEM and solid oxide fuel cells and alternative feeds to fuel cells.
Researchers: Brant Peppley (CRC) and Dominik Barz
Molecular Assembly for Nanostructures - Assembly using non-uniform electric fields and micro-Raman spectroscopy.
Researcher: Aris Docoslis (CRC)
Basic Funding Package (teaching assistantship, internal fellowships, bursaries).
M.Eng: No funding available
M.A.Sc: $25,000 minimum
Ph.D: $25,000 minimum
We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.
Master’s: Upper Class standing in an undergraduate program (We accept candidates from programs other than engineering.)
Ph.D.: Completion of Master’s degree unless promoted
Grades required: B+, minimum of 75% in last year of study
For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 1st for September admission; September 30th for January admission and January 31st for May admission.
NB: we accept M.Eng. applicants for September admission only.
Notification of Acceptance: 4 weeks after we receive your full application.
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