Mcgill University

Montreal, Canada

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Established in 2012, the Bioengineering Department is the latest department to join the prestigious Faculty of Engineering at McGill University.

The main focus of the department is on three primary directions:

  1. Biological materials and mechanics
  2. Biological materials and mechanics
  3. Biomolecular and cellular engineering and biomedical, diagnostics and high throughput screening

Bachelor of Engineering is offered by the department, together with graduate degrees.

Students at the Masters and PhD level are engaged in cutting-edge studies across a multitude of areas including:

  • list items Biological materials and mechanobiology
  • list items Motor proteins and the cytoskeleton
  • list items Biosensors and biological therapeutics
  • list items Computational biology
  • Areas of Research:

  • list items Cell mechanics and changes in disease
  • list items Soft matter physics
  • list items Single-molecule biophysics
  • list items Tissue engineering; Mechanotransduction
  • list items Biological microfluidics devices, such as fungi, cellular traffic
  • list items Dynamics and control systems in biology
  • list items Use of nanomaterials in medicine
  • list items Information processing and storage in biological systems
  • list items Vaccine design and production to meet global health challenges
  • list items Computational biology
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    Chemical Engineering

    The Chemical Engineering Department trains students to be excellent and well-rounded technicians by fostering excellence in studies and innovation. It is home to 17 known faculties that contribute to the training of worldwide talented learners. The department provides undergraduate and research-based Master's and PhD degrees as well as professional degrees that prepare engineers and researchers to address the real-world issues of today.

    The Master’s (MEng) degree is available in with and without thesis options. All the Master's programs within the Chemical Engineering Department consist of coursework and study. The programs have been developed to accommodate learners with various science backgrounds and career objectives.

    Areas of Research:

  • list items Advanced materials and polymers
  • list items Biomedical engineering and biotechnology
  • list items Environmental engineering
  • list items Energy
  • list items Plasma sciences
  • list items Engineering. 
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    Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics

    Civil engineering remains a centre of excellence in teaching and study at McGill. Currently, the Department has 15 full-time faculty members, about 350 undergraduate and 80 graduate students, nearly one-third of whom are females and one-fifth from outside Canada.

    The department provides learners with the following specialization fields for its accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree:

  • list items Environmental engineering;
  • list items Geotechnical engineering;
  • list items Water resources engineering
  • list items Structural engineering
  • list items Transportation engineering.
  • The Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics provides courses and study possibilities leading to the following graduate degree programs:

  • list items PhD
  • list items Master of Engineering, MEng (Thesis and Non-Thesis Option)
  • list items MEng in Environmental Engineering
  • list items Master of Science, MSc.
  • MEng is available to learners with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and MSc (thesis) is available to learners with a Bachelor of Science degree or with degrees related to other relevant non-engineering fields. Civil engineers are often hired as technical experts after graduation and become managers and policy makers with growing expertise.

    Employment possibilities vary from working on contract projects for individual firms such as consulting firms or building firms to working on projects commissioned by municipalities or government agencies overseeing sectors and communities. Many engineers also discover careers in working with financial institutions in their funding projects or set up their own businesses.


    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department provides an efficient interface with the industry sector, both locally and worldwide, and offers training and research that meets industry requirements. ECE provides four undergraduate degrees in

  • list items Electrical Engineering
  • list items Honors Electrical Engineering
  • list items Computer Engineering
  • list items Software Engineering
  • It also provides graduate programs leading to a Master of Engineering (Thesis or Non- Thesis) or Doctor of Philosophy. The research facility of the department gives excellent assistance to graduate learners who seek to undertake research in one of the ten departmental study fields.

    Areas of Research:

  • list items Bioelectrical Engineering
  • list items Computational Electromagnetics
  • list items Intelligent Systems
  • list items Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • list items Nano-Electronic Devices and Materials
  • list items Photonic Systems
  • list items Power Engineering
  • list items Software Engineering
  • list items Systems and Control
  • list items Telecommunications and Signal Processing
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    Mechanical Engineering

    In a 2009 listing released by the U.S., McGill Engineering was ranked 18th among the top engineering schools in the world. The Mechanical Engineering Department offers learners with a chance to participate in countless extracurricular activities including Formula SAE, McGill Robotics, and the McGill Rocket Team. The departments also boast of powerful links with the McGill Institute of Aerospace Engineering (MIAE) and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), which provide possibilities for learners to take part in internships, workshops and case studies.

    Academically, McGill also fosters contacts with universities within the country as well as overseas providing students with the chance to pursue study-exchange programmes with these universities. It also has a vibrant Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) program that allows learners to conduct research in their laboratories. In brief, possibilities extend beyond the realm of academics. The department provides Aeronautical Engineering and Design alternatives for the undergraduate program Regular and Honors.

    It also provides graduate degrees such as Master's (Thesis or Non-Thesis) and PhD programs along with special programs like Master's Aerospace and Master's Manufacturing Management. Graduates are also involved in professional communities such as the CASI (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute), the SAE (Automotive Engineers ' Society), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and multiple campus organizations.

    Areas of Research:

  • list items Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • list items Biomechanics
  • list items Combustion and Energy Systems
  • list items Design and Manufacturing
  • list items Dynamics and Control
  • list items Materials and Structures
  • list items Vibrations, Acoustics and Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Acoustics Research Group (Virtual)
  • list items Aerodynamics Lab (Physical)
  • list items Aerospace Mechatronics Lab (Physical)
  • list items Alternative Fuels Laboratory (Physical)
  • list items Biomechanics (Physical)
  • list items Biomimetic Materials Laboratory (Virtual)
  • list items Cardiovascular Engineering Laboratory (Offsite)
  • list items Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Virtual)
  • list items Computational Aerodynamics Group (Virtual)
  • list items Fluid-Structure Interaction (Physical)
  • list items Heat Transfer Laboratory (Physical)
  • list items Manufacturing and Process Management (External)
  • list items Laboratory for Microsystems and Nanosystems (MEMS/NEMS) (Physical)
  • list items Architected Materials and Advanced Structures Group (Virtual)
  • list items Robotic Mechanical Systems Laboratory (External)
  • list items Shock Wave Physics Laboratory (Physical)
  • list items Space Flight Dynamics Lab (Virtual)
  • list items Structural Dynamics and Vibration Laboratory (Virtual)
  • list items Structures and Composite Materials Laboratory (Physical)
  • list items Systems Optimization Laboratory (Virtual)
  • list items Vibrations and Hydrodynamics Laboratory (Physical)
  • list items Design Studio
  • list items Machine Tool Laboratory
  • list items Measurement Lab
  • list items Mech Lab
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    Mining & Materials Engineering

    The Department of Mining and Materials Engineering educates and trains its students to be the best engineers for the materials and mining industries by offering high-quality programs and research. The department currently offers two undergraduate programs (B.Eng.) in:

    1. Materials Engineering
    2. Mining Engineering

    Both are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) and are co-operative, meaning that they need the students to acquire 12-16 months of compulsory work experience prior to graduation. Most of the research is performed by graduate students at both the Master’s (M.Sc. / M.Eng.) and PhD levels in industrially-relevant projects.

    Industrial collaborators include:

  • list items Rio Tinto
  • list items Barrick
  • list items BHP Billiton
  • list items Teck
  • list items Glencore
  • list items Vale
  • list items Pratt and Whitney Canada
  • list items Novelis
  • list items ArcelorMittal
  • list items Hitachi
  • list items Hydro-Quebec
  • list items The Canadian Space Agency
  • list items Natural Resources Canada
  • list items the National Research Council
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    Pure Sciences

    1. The Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Department is Canada's largest group of atmospheric-oceanic sciences universities. It provides both undergraduate and graduate academic programs covering a wide variety of subjects, ranging from raindrop microphysics to worldwide circulation trends observed in the environment and oceans. As part of undergraduate research, it provides 5 programs. There is a mixed Major with Physics and a Liberal program in addition to Honors, Major and Minor in Atmospheric Science.

    All of these programs are the components of the B.Sc. degree. The Master's and PhD programmes are a part of graduate studies. The Department also offers an intensive, one-year program in theoretical and applied meteorology to B.Sc. or B.Eng. graduates with a firm hold over physics, applied mathematics or other appropriate disciplines, leading to a Diploma in Meteorology degree.

    2. The Biology Department provides various degrees in Biology:

  • list items B.Sc.-Bachelor of Science:
  • list items BASC-Bachelor of Arts and Science
  • The Department also coordinates B.Sc. Minor in Biotechnology and the Minor in Science for Arts students.

    It also provides graduate training with a special focus on

  • list items Ecology
  • list items Biodiversity and Conservation
  • list items Evolution
  • list items Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • list items Cell and Developmental Biology
  • list items Behavior, Neurobiology
  • list items Plant Biology
  • list items Bioinformatics in many fields of biology
  • Graduate programs that lead to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are also available. There is an emphasis on developing the intellectual and technical abilities needed for independent research in both of the programs. A thesis embodying the outcomes of original research is the primary requirement of both degrees.

    Option Programs are available in the following areas:

  • list items NEO (Neotropical Environment)
  • list items MSE (Graduate Option in Environment) -*Not offered in 2018-2019
  • list items (BESS) Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability Program
  • An intensive teaching and research environment in the chemical sciences is provided by the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. Honors, Majors, Minor, and Liberal BSc programs in Chemistry are offered at the undergraduate level. It also provides a study course for both M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees.

    The study program involves a balance of course work and research. McGill Chemistry PhD graduates go on for outstanding postdoctoral positions, academic positions, and research scientist positions across North America and Europe in industrial and government study labs.

    3. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences applies the principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology dealing in the study of planetary processes and environments. A number of Bachelor of Science alternatives and Master of Science, Graduate Diploma or Philosophy Doctor may be pursued by the students. Majors, Minors and B.Sc. are undergraduate degrees programs.

    The M.Sc. and the department's Ph.D. programs are research-based but involve a course work to guarantee that learners acquire a strong understanding which will enable them to conduct research. 

    4. The Geography Department allows the students to gain wide exposure to the ways of evaluating many of the modern society's environmental and situational issues. The department is a part of the Faculty of Science and provides B.A., B.Sc, & B.A.Sc., Masters (M.A. & M.Sc.) and Ph.D. degrees.

    5. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a full range of undergraduate programs and courses through the faculties of Arts, Science, and Management. Master’s and Doctoral programs in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics are available to students wishing to pursue graduate studies.

    Undergraduate degrees include:

  • list items B.A. / B. Sc. In Honours Mathematics
  • list items Honours Applied Mathematics
  • list items Honours Probability and Statistics
  • list items Honours Statistics and Computer Science
  • list items Joint Honours Mathematics and Computer Science
  • list items Major Mathematics
  • list items Major Mathematics and Computer Science
  • list items Major Statistics and Computer Science
  • list items Minor Mathematics
  • list items Minor Statistics
  • list items Liberal Program - Core Science Component Mathematics
  • list items Liberal Program - Core Science Component Statistics
  • list items  Major Conc. Mathematics (B. A.)
  • list items Minor Conc. Statistics (B. A.)
  • list items Minor Conc. Mathematics (B. A.)
  • list items Supplementary Minor Conc. Mathematics (B. A.)
  • 6. The Department of Physics offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The two main undergraduate programs in Physics are the Honors and the Major. The two joint honors, one in Mathematics and Physics and the other in Physics and Chemistry, are more specialized and demanding.

    There are also a number of other major programs offered by the department like:

  • list items Atmospheric Sciences and Physics
  • list items Physics and Computer Science
  • list items Physics and Geophysics
  • list items Physiology and Physics
  • Offered jointly with other departments, and a Minor program in Electrical Engineering, available only to students in the Physics Major program. In addition, there is a Minor in Physics and a core Physics component of the Liberal Science Program for students less interested in specialized education. In both the Major and Honors programs, there is a concentration in Biological Physics that keeps a strong core of foundational physics and specialize through adding courses in biology, mathematics, physiology, computer science and chemistry.