Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Civil and Resource Engineering

The Department of Civil and Resource Engineering believes in instilling in its students a genuine love for knowledge, exploration and experimentation so that they become excellent life-long learners.

It offers:

  • list items Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Civil Engineering,
  • list items Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Environmental Engineering
  • list items Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Mineral Resource Engineering as undergraduate courses.
  • Postgraduate programs at the department are:

  • list items MEng, MASc (Master of Applied Science) and PhD in Civil Engineering
  • list items MEng, MASc and PhD in Mineral Resource Engineering
  • list items MEng and MASc in Environmental Engineering.
  • MEng in CE (2 years) is oriented towards practical learning of advanced civil engineering skills, while MASc in CE (2 years) is oriented towards R&D.

    Major course-areas are:

  • list items Transportation
  • list items Hydrotechnical Engineering
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items Geotechnical Engineering
  • list items Materials and Structural Engineering
  • MEng in Mineral Resource Engineering (2 years) combines project work with theoretical knowledge, while MASc in Mineral Resource Engineering is focused on creating professional and academic researchers. MEng specializations include my design and planning, Rock mechanics and ground control, Mineral processing, Petroleum Engineering and Mining geology. 

    MEng in Environmental Engineering is aimed at skill upgrading for professionals, while MASc is research-oriented.

    Research facilities for Civil Engineering include:

  • list items Heavy Structures Lab
  • list items Materials Testing Laboratories
  • list items Geotechnical Testing Laboratories
  • list items Petroleum Engineering laboratory
  • list items Highway Materials Testing laboratories
  • list items Hydraulic modeling laboratory
  • list items Water and Wastewater laboratories
  • . Research in Mineral Resources is propelled by laboratories concentrated on:

  • list items Rock mechanics
  • list items Numerical modeling
  • list items Rock sample preparation
  • list items Rock test­ing
  • list items Subsurface imaging
  • list items Non-destructive testing
  • list items Mine tailings
  • list items Waste treatment
  • list items Mineral processing
  • list items Computer-aided mine design
  • list items Petroleum engineering
  • list items Mining geology
  • Besides a Mining Computer Laboratory equipped with the latest tools.

    The department’s faculty members boast of valuable teaching and research experience in their areas. Dmitry Garagash from the department has recently made a valuable contribution to the understanding of the relationship between fracking and earthquakes.

    The main research areas of the department include:

  • list items Structural Engineering,
  • list items Hydrotechnical and Water Resources
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items Transportation Engineering
  • list items Geotechnical Engineering
  • list items Mineral Processing & Materials and Petroleum Engineering
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering believes in the pursuit of creating trend-setting technologies for humanity. It offers bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering (co-op and non co-op) and Electrical Engineering. 
    The postgraduate programs offered by the department are project-based MEng (2 years) and thesis- or research-based (2 years) MASc, besides PhD. MEng students are required to complete 7 courses worth of 21 credits, a seminar course and a final project. MASc students have to complete 4 courses worth of 12 credits, a seminar course and a research thesis.

    The focus areas in the master’s study are

  • list items Applied electromagnetics
  • list items Biomedical engineering
  • list items Communications
  • list items Computer engineering
  • list items Microelectronics
  • list items Optics/photonics
  • list items Power and energy systems
  • list items Robotics
  • list items Signal processing
  • The department encourages master’s students to begin their careers as researchers early by encouraging them to publish their works in peer-reviewed journals right from the master’s level. Students also benefit from the vast experience of 5 adjunct and 5 emeritus faculty members. Dr. Mohamed was awarded the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 1906 Prize from the Standard Council of Canada in 2018.
    The department has two research Chairs: Killam Chair in Wireless Technologies and CRC-II in Photonics as well as one NSERC-UFA.

    The research thrust of the department lies in areas such as Applied Electromagnetics, Biomedical Engineering, Communications and Networks, Computer Engineering, Electronic Materials, Microelectronics, Ocean Engineering and Technology, Optics and Photonics, Power and Energy Systems, Robotics and Control, Sensing and Instrumentation, and Signal Processing.


    Engineering Mathematics and Internetworking

    The Department of Mathematics and Internetworking aims to provide world-class instruction in an area that is increasingly becoming the backbone of engineering disciplines. It is known for aiding other engineering departments in the university to push their frontiers in research and teaching.
    The department offers various undergraduate courses to students from other engineering disciplines.

    These include courses in:

  • list items Engineering mathematics
  • list items Computer programming
  • list items Linear algebra
  • list items Calculus
  • list items Statistics
  • list items Numerical methods
  • list items Ecosystem modeling
  • At the post-graduation level, the department offers MSc and PhD in Engineering Mathematics and MEng in Internetworking. The MSc in Engineering Mathematics (2 years) is offered in partnership with other engineering departments and Faculty of Computer Science. MEng (2years) in Internetworking is a course-based program that covers topics such as information formats, characteristics of transmission media, methods of connecting disparate networks, network design and evolution and future of networking technologies. 

    The lab resources for Internetworking include a number of state-of-the-tools that are accessible remotely.


    Industrial Engineering

    The Department of Industrial Engineering is geared towards designing systems that maximize productivity, efficiency and quality.
    The department offers BEng in Industrial Engineering (co-op and non co-op).

    At the postgraduate level, it offers MASc, MEng and PhD in Industrial Engineering. MASc (2 years) constitutes a minimum of 4 courses worth of 12 credits, a seminar, and a thesis, while MEng (2 years) requires students to complete a minimum of 7 courses (21 credits), a seminar and a project.

  • list items Industrial Engineering Methodologies
  • list items Industrial Work Systems Design
  • list items Occupational Ergonomics
  • list items Supply Chain Management
  • list items Operations Research
  • list items Stochastic Processes and Control
  • list items Simulation of Industrial Systems
  • list items Linear and Integer Programming
  • list items Distribution Management
  • list items Capital Investment and Capacity Expansion Planning
  • list items Queueing Theory and Maintenance Engineering and Management
  • Are the main courses offered to the master’s students.

    Research at the department is helped by

  • list items Ergonomics Laboratory
  • list items MARIN (Maritime Activity and Risk Investigation Network)
  • list items Information Systems Research Lab
  • list items Operations Research and Ergonomics
  • Are amongst the major research areas of the department.


    Mechanical Engineering

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering relies on out-of-the-box thinking, innovation and a dynamic learning environment to create technologies that would make the world a better place. 
    The department offers BEng in ME (co-op) which is a 5-year program and BEng in ME (non co-op), which is a 4-year program.
    It also offers

  • list items MASc
  • list items MEng and PhD in ME.
  • MASc (2.3 years) is a research-based program, while MEng (1.3 years) is a professional program. MASc requires at least 4 courses, a seminar and a thesis, while MEng requires a student to complete a minimum of 7 courses, a seminar and a project.

    The main areas of study and research for the master’s students are:

  • list items Stress analysis
  • list items Heat transfer
  • list items Multiphase flow
  • list items Fluid and thermal power
  • list items Robotics
  • list items Design and manufacturing.
  • Innovation at the department is propelled by research facilities such as:

  • list items Advanced Control and Mechatronics Lab
  • list items Advanced Tribology Laboratory
  • list items Biomass Conversion & CFB Laboratory
  • list items Intelligent Grinding Laboratory
  • list items Lab of Applied Multiphase Thermal Engineering (LAMTE)
  • list items Powder Metallurgy Research Facility
  • list items Renewable Energy Storage Lab and Smart Materials Centre.
  • Dr. Ted Hubbard from the department was recently awarded with the Wighton Fellowship which is one of the most prestigious in Canada. The major research areas at the department are Systems and design, Energy and heat transfer, Fluids, Applied mechanics and dynamics, Bio-medical engineering and Marine hydrodynamics and offshore engineering.


    Process Engineering and Applied Sciences

    The Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science (PEAS) was set up  on July 1, 2005. For undergraduate programmes, a BEng program in Chemical Engineering is offered. The graduate programmes on offer are masters (MEng, MSc and MASC) and doctoral (PhD) levels in disciplines for Biological and Chemical Engineering and Food Science. Graduates from the department are prepared for professional careers in related to process industries, including oil and gas, food and minerals. The department  places undue emphasis on the development of a sustainable environment. 

    The Msc in Food Science and Technology provides coursework and research opportunities in fields like

  • list items Food process technology
  • list items Food microbiology
  • list items Edible oils
  • list items Engineering design
  • list items Post-mortem biochemistry of muscle foods
  • list items Proteins and enzymes
  • list items Food rheology
  • list items Beverage science.
  • The MEng, Msc, and PhD programs in Biological Engineering address environment, food and other biomaterial production and processing, renewable energy and reusable resources.The programs give emphasis on optimizing design performance  in the dealings of biological materials and systems while ensuring sustainability and protection of the environment.

    The Meng, Msc, PhD programmes in Chemical Engineering provide opportunities to students for research in traditional areas of environmental control, plastics and polymers, pulp and paper, instrumentation and process control, petrochemicals, petroleum and natural gas processing, and energy conversion and utilization, as well as the growing fields of biotechnology, food processing, composite materials, corrosion and protective coatings, and manufacture of microelectronic components.


    Biomedical Engineering

    The School of Biomedical Engineering strives to create a healthier society through cutting-edge research in most pressing health problems and by proposing biomedical solutions. The school conducts some biomedical courses for undergraduate students of various engineering programs.

    These include:

  • list items Technology in Medicine
  • list items Polymeric Biomaterials,
  • list items Biomechanical Engineering
  • list items Biomedical Engineering.
  • The school offers MASc and PhD programs in Biomedical Engineering. MASc (2 years) requires six half credit courses (over first 8 months), a thesis proposal presentation and a thesis.

    The main course-streams available are

  • list items Human Body Dynamics and Orthopedic Biomechanics
  • list items Biomaterials Design, Drug Delivery and Prosthodontics
  • list items Biomechanics of Tissues and Tissue Engineering,
  • list items Respiratory Engineering,
  • list items Medical Imaging
  • list items Signal Processing.
  • The department’s Dr. Sarah Wells was recently awarded for her contribution to teaching and learning, Dr. Michael Lee for his distinguished academic service and Dr. Rob Adamson for breakthroughs in basic research.


    Computer Science

    The Faculty of Computer Science has dedicated itself to producing technologies and creating solutions that cater to the challenges of the present while opening the doorway to the leadership of the future. 
    The faculty offers:

  • list items Bachelor of Applied Computer Science
  • list items Bachelor of Computer Science degrees.
  • It also offers a variety of graduate programs that include:

  • list items Master of Computer Science or MCS (2 years)
  • list items PhD in Computer Science
  • list items Master of Electronic Commerce or MEC (2 years)
  • list items Master of Health Informatics or MIH (2 years full-time and 4 years part-time)
  • list items Master of Applied Computer Science or MASc in CS (16 months) with three-degree stream options
  • MCS requires 4 graduate courses in CS and a thesis. This degree is oriented towards research in areas such as big data analytics & machine learning, systems & networks, and human-computer interaction & visualization. MEC offers project, research paper and thesis options for the degree with courses related to technical, business, law and policy and research method courses. 

    MIH does not require any prior degree in health informatics and is designed for students with a bachelor in medicine or related disciplines. It has an internship and thesis stream with coursework dedicated to the Management of health information and health data analytics, designing health information systems, evaluating health IT outcomes, health information research, and understanding and use of new health informatics technologies.

    MASc offers internship, entrepreneurship and project stream with core courses in systems, communications and data management. Research at the department is powered by Institute of Big Data Analysis and DeepSense, which is a unique partnership for ocean research between academia, government and the industry. The department’s Stan Matwin was awarded the 2019 Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC) Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Luis Targo has recently earned a Canada Research Chair.

    The research thrust of the department lies in

  • list items Big Data Analytics
  • list items Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • list items Human-Computer Interaction
  • list items Visualization & Graphics
  • list items Systems
  • list items Networks & Security
  • list items Algorithms & Bioinformatics. 
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    Pure Sciences

    The various departments of pure sciences fall under the Faculty of Science. 


    The Department of Biology offers MSc (2 years) and PhD (4 years) in Biology besides a number of undergraduate courses.

    Main research themes at the department are:

  • list items Molecular
  • list items Cellular & Developmental Biology
  • list items Ecology & Evolution
  • list items Genetics & Genomics
  • list items Marine Biology.
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    The Department of Chemistry offers

  • list items BSc, MSc and PhD in Chemistry.
  • It has a special Dalhousie Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Facility.

    The Department of Earth Sciences offers a variety of undergraduate courses in Earth Sciences and MSc (2 years) and PhD (4 years) programs in Earth Sciences.

    Its main research areas are:

  • list items Tectonic Geodynamics
  • list items Earth Surface Processes
  • list items Geochronology
  • list items Sedimentology
  • list items Stratigraphy
  • list items Petroleum Geoscience
  • list items Petrology
  • list items Marine Geology
  • list items Geophysics 
  • list items Mineral Deposits
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    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers

  • list items BSc/BA in Mathematics
  • list items Statistics or Actuarial Science
  • list items MSc (2 years) and PhD (4 years) in Mathematics or Statistics
  • The department has research groups dedicated to :

  • list items Analysis
  • list items Applied Mathematics
  • list items Categories
  • list items Algebra
  • list items Topology
  • list items Environmental Statistics
  • list items General Relativity and Cosmology
  • list items Graphs and Games
  • list items Number Theory and Statistical Genetics and Bioinformatics 
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    The Department of Oceanography offers

  • list items BSc/BA in Ocean Science.
  • list items MSc (2 years) and PhD (4 years) in Ocean Science programs
  • Research areas at the department include

  • list items Biological oceanography
  • list items Chemical oceanography
  • list items Geological oceanography
  • list items Physical oceanography
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    The Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science offers:

  • list items BSc/BA in Physics and Atmospheric Science
  • list items MSc (2 years) and PhD (4 years) in Physics and Atmospheric Science
  • list items MSc (2 years) and PhD (4 years) in Medical Physics