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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) | MEng Thesis Option | MEng Non-Thesis Option | MEng Non-Thesis Option in Environmental Engineering | Master of Science (MSc)

 

The Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics offers courses and research opportunities leading to the following degree programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, PhD
  • Master of Engineering, MEng (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Engineering, MEng (Non-Thesis Option), including the Master of Engineering, MEng in Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science, MSc

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies administers the rules and regulations pertaining to these degrees.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Ph.D. degree is essentially research-oriented with minimal graduate coursework. Admission to the PhD program is contingent upon a faculty member agreeing to supervise the research to be performed by an applicant. Co-supervised research projects are also conducted, where the co-supervisor can be from McGill or another university. Final acceptance into the program as a Ph.D. candidate is contingent upon passing the preliminary oral examination. Applicants are encouraged to write to the faculty members closest to their intended area of research to determine their willingness and availability for directing their work.

Program requirements for PhD

Direct Transfer to PhD Program: Fast-tracking

The fast-track route to a PhD degree is aimed at students who have demonstrated a superior record in the undergraduate program, and who would benefit from a faster progression through graduate studies.

MEng Thesis students may apply for fast-tracking to the Ad Hoc Graduate Admissions Committee (appointed by the Chair). The student will have to satisfy the following guidelines and requirements:

  • Not more than 16 months of study in the Master's Thesis Program have elapsed
  • Completion of course work requirements of the Master’s degree
  • GPA for each of the last 2 years of undergraduate study >- 3.5
  • Minimum grade of A- in graduate courses taken prior to date of application
  • Letter of support from the current research supervisor
  • One additional letter of reference (excluding co-supervisor if any)
  • Submission of an application outlining the reasons and full justification for entry to the PhD program. The application will also include a preliminary research proposal.

Following acceptance by the Committee, the student will proceed with the standard PhD preliminary oral examination, which would be scheduled within 6 months.

If the student passes the preliminary oral examination, they will be transferred to the PhD program at the level of PhD II. Should the student fails the preliminary examination, they may continue at the Master’s level.


Master of Engineering (MEng) Thesis Option

The MEng Thesis Option is research-oriented and involves the completion of graduate coursework and a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Co-supervised research projects are also conducted, where the co-supervisor can be from McGill or another university. The main features of this degree program are:

  • Emphasis on research
  • 17 credits of coursework (minimum 8 credits at 600-level)
  • A maximum of 1/3 of coursework credits may be taken outside McGill (approval required from the Department)
  • 1 credit CIVE 662 Masters Research Seminar
  • 27 credits of Thesis
  • Transfer to Non Thesis option possible (approval required from the Department)
  • Minimum residency of 3 terms full-time
  • Usual completion time is 20-24 months.

Program requirements for MEng Thesis option


Master of Engineering (MEng) Non - Thesis Option

The MEng Non-Thesis program aims to provide a more professional orientation. A project, with a report of lesser scope than the research thesis, is undertaken. The project includes possibilities such as a technical review, a design project or a smaller scale research project. The main features of this degree program are:

  • Emphasis on expertise (specialty area) for professional practice
  • 25 to 40 credits of coursework (minimum 8 credits at 600-level)
  • 5 to 15 credits of Project report (examined in the department only)
  • Usually not funded
  • A maximum of 1/3 of coursework credits may be taken outside McGill (approval required from the Department)
  • Transfer to thesis option possible (approval required from the Department)
  • Minimum residency  of 3 terms full-time
  • Usual completion time 20-24 months if full-time

Program requirements for MEng Non-Thesis option


Master of Engineering (MEng) Non - Thesis Option in Environmental Engineering

This is an interdepartmental program leading to the Master's degree (MEng Non Thesis Option in Environmental Engineering). The primary objective of the program is to train environmental professionals at the advanced level, and it is designed for individuals with a university undergraduate degree in engineering. A similar degree is offered in the Departments of Bioresources Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mining and Materials Engineering.

This program emphasizes interdisciplinary fundamental knowledge, practical applications in diverse environmental contexts and functional skills needed for solving environmental problems. The interdepartmental and interdisciplinary character of the program provides a unique opportunity for students to master specialized skills in their home disciplines and to acquire a broader perspective and awareness of environment issues through a wide range of technical and non-technical courses offered by collaborating departments and faculties at McGill University.

Program requirements for MEng Non-Thesis Environmental Eng option


    Master of Science (MSc)

    Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline other than Engineering, (examples are Architecture, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Biroresources Engineering, etc.) may be accepted into an MSc program in the Department. The main features of the MSc program are similar to those of the M.Eng. Thesis Option program, as outlined above.

    Program requirements for MSc