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Brief Background 

Queen's University, Kingston, is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1841. The university is popular for its high graduate employment rate wherein 91% of Queen’s graduates are employed within six months. It also houses a Nobel Prize laureate: Arthur B. McDonald who stands as an embodiment for the fine quality of research that takes place at the university. It’s a firm grasp in various disciplines such as physics, cancer research, geo-engineering, data analytics, and social sciences like surveillance studies and mental health the university aspires to bring only the best to the students. It accommodates 8 faculties, namely, Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, Smith School of Business and School of Policy Studies. The university has a second campus in Kingston, known as the west campus.


Queen’s University has 20 institutional and faculty-based research centres and institutes which facilitate multifarious interdisciplinary research projects such as Beaty Water Research Centre, Cancer Research Institute, Centre for International and Defence Policy, Centre for Advanced Computing, GeoEngineering Centre to name a few, along with that two buildings owned and managed by the university have been listed as National Historic Sites of Canada. Queen's University Libraries include six campus libraries namely, Bracken Health Sciences Library, Education Library, LeResiding options derman Law Library, Stauffer Humanities and Social Sciences Library, and Engineering & Science Library. It also has an archive in six facilities housing 2.2 million physical items and 400,000 electronic resources, including e-books, serial titles and databases.

Residing Options

The university has 18 student residences: Adelaide Hall, Ban Righ Hall, Brant House, Chown Hall, Gordon House, Brockington House, Graduate Residence, Harkness Hall, John Orr Tower Apartments, Leggett Hall, Leonard Hall, McNeill House, Morris Hall, Smith House, Victoria Hall, Waldron Tower, Watts Hall, and Jean Royce Hall. Most residential buildings on the main campus are within a 10-minute walk to classes, libraries, Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC), and many dining facilities. The university provides a rough approximate estimate of on-campus and off-campus living including rent and utilities, food and miscellaneous which ranges between $10,070 - $18,450+ for on-campus housing and $9,425 - $12,690+ for off-campus housing excluding transportation.

Financial Aid

The university provides a large array of scholarships and awards such as Major Admission Awards, Admission Bursaries, Automatic Admission Scholarships, Government Student Assistance, Queen's Work-Study Program, General Bursaries, Upper-Year Scholarships to name a few. Students who demonstrate superior academic ability, creative and original thinking, involvement in school or community activities, and proven leadership can apply for a Queen’s major admission award. To apply for Upper-Year Awards students should o apply for the majority of these awards students should submit a resume and letter explaining how they meet the selection criteria for the specific award however certain awards are unanimously decided by faculty review wherein  top students are selected to receive one (or more) of the many upper-year scholarships, prizes and other merit-based awards. 

Jobs and Placements

Graduates of the university have rated 4 out of 5 stars for job satisfaction on Payscale. The university has an all-round career service site for both companies seeking employees and students searching for job prospects. Students can access resources such as Tipsheets, books, journals and newsletters as signposts for job search, they are also provided with multiple options for the kind of job they want such as part-time, summer job, government jobs etc. They are also provided with workshops, career events, fairs, employment programs, how to go about job profiles and resumes, help with interviews etc. The top recruiters for the university are Duke Energy Corp, Englobe, Husky Energy, Aecon, Baylis Medical Company, Trane Canada and Ericsson. 


The university extends at a generous 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. The university’s pedestrian-friendly campus space encourages cycling to get around the campus and further provides services in relation to it such as Bikes and Boards A centre for bike and board safety, maintenance, Yellow Bike Action: A volunteer-run bike shop which provides reconditioned bikes for sale and inexpensive bike repairs., Drop Bike: a bike-share service and Rack and Roll: Buses in Kingston offer bike racks from spring through fall. Students can also choose to carpool through programs offered by VRTUCAR and Student CarShare. Those who wish to take the bus can access the Bus-it Program wherein the program provides full-time students with unlimited access to Kingston Transit bus services for a full twelve months, from September to the following summer. Those travelling by flight can choose the Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport which is closest to the university. The Kingston General Hospital is affiliated with Queen's University and can be accessed in terms of emergency. The university provides a number of on-campus recreational activities such as the Athletics and Recreation Centre, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, Power Play Centre, The Boiler Room Climbing Gym, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts which offers theatre and music performances, Grand Theatre, The Kingston Frontenacs for hockey games among many more.

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University has been named as one of the top 3 research departments in Canada and recognized internationally as a leading department in North America. Both its undergraduate and graduate programs have existed for quite some time now thus earning an authentic and canonical touch. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry, while its graduate program includes M.A.Sc., M.Eng., PhD degrees. The graduate students are made to follow a research-centric approach to learning through different forms of teaching such as coursework, thesis and project work, and research seminars. MASc is a research-based, two-year programme consisting of four courses, one seminar and a thesis. The M.Eng. program is academic-based, does not have a funding option and includes 8 courses, while the PhD program is fully research-inclined, funded for four years, includes 4 courses (with a graduate degree) or 8 courses (without a graduate degree), two seminars, a Comprehensive Exam and a thesis. The department houses research facilities such as the Human Mobility Research Centre and Undergraduate Computer Facility. The department has a total of 24 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of awards such as Canadian Forces Decoration – Distinguished Service Medal, Metals in the Human Environment – Poster Award,  Canadian Council of Professional Engineers – Manulife Award, Golden Apple Teaching Award. The department has The Chemical Engineering Analytical Facility (ChEAF) which allows students and faculty to conduct research on polymers and is equipped with all the relevant machineries. The department’s major areas of research include Biomedical Engineering, Grafene Integrated Functional Technologies (GIFT) Research Cluster, Macro-molecular Science & Technology, Process Analytics, Optimization & Control, Microfluidics, Colloids, Biosensors and Sustainable Energy Sources, Processes, Products & Environmental Remediation.

Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering follows the belief of "Building Partnerships" in terms of fostering a supportive community inclusive of faculty, students, alumni and administration. Through this philosophy, it takes pride in the initiative of  Engineering Forum which is a space of discussion and presentation held weekly to ponder over the emerging research projects and application of civil engineering. The M.Eng Program constitutes 8-term length courses. Students can take a maximum of 2-term length 400 series courses. The M.A.Sc Program constitutes four-term courses, research and a thesis. The four term courses must conform to the FEAS Graduate Council requirements, that is, four term length graduate courses or their equivalent. The department has facilities such as The Coastal Engineering Laboratory and The Geoengineering Laboratory. The faculty board comprises of 19 full-time working faculty who have been recipients of awards such as the International Geosynthetics Society Award and Gold Medal, Mirosław Romanowski Medal, R.M. Quigley Award, Sir John Kennedy Medal,  Leggett Medal, The John B. Stirling Medal of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Telford Gold Medal to name a few along with various publications and presentations. It’s major research areas include Environmental, Geotechnical, Hydrotechnical and Structural. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is recognized worldwide for its excellence in teaching and research in the said field. It is also known for housing largest graduate program in the faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In its undergraduate program, it provides degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering while it’s graduate program includes MEng which has the option of Course-Based which requires a minimum of 8 courses and Academic Project Option which includes 6 courses and an academic project, MASC which is a research-centric program and requires completion of a research thesis, a seminar course and 4 term-length graduate-level courses, the department also provides collaborative MASC Program such as Biomedical Engineering and a Masters in Applied Sustainability and PhD which requires a minimum of 4 term-length graduate courses, a two-part comprehensive examination, satisfactory research progress and a thesis. The department has The Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory. The department has a total of 32 full-time faculty members who have been recipients of awards and prizes such as the Early Research Excellence award, Research Achievement Award, Distinguished Research Award, SERC Discovery Accelerator Award, ECE undergraduate teaching award to name a few along with publications in innumerable journals and ongoing research projects. The department employs students clubs such as The ECE club, Graduate ECE Student Council and Engineering Society of Queen’s University.

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering provides an all-round learning experience by taking into consideration the basics, the facilities are given to the students to hone their theoretical learnings in a practical fashion, the flexible course options to focus on knowledge production on the part of the student and much emphasis is put on the oral and written skills which are constantly worked on through proposals, reports and presentations. It offers MEng which requires a minimum of eight courses, MASc which requires a minimum of four-term length courses and it’s the duration of completion is two years and a PhD degree in its graduate program. The department has three laboratories namely, Human Mobility Research Laboratory, Queen's Solar Calorimetry Lab and Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory. The department has a total of 31-full time working faculty who are recipients of awards and prizes such as Premier's Research Excellence Award, Gunma University of Science and Technology Foundation Award to name a few along with publications in eminent journals. The students of the department also put together a research bulletin in every academic year which showcases the research projects that were conducted during that year. The department also has research fields that actively work towards innovations and research projects such as Energy and Fluid Systems, Biomechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Energy and Fluid Systems.


The Department of Mining works towards contributing extensively to the mining industry by producing well-equipped graduates. It offers BTech program in its undergraduate program which is 12 weeks long and a certificate in mining Technologies while it’s graduate program includes MEng which requires eight-term length courses, MASc which requires a minimum of four-term length courses and PhD which requires a minimum of four-term length courses and a comprehensive exam. It has 9 laboratories namely, Mechanical and Offroad Robotics Laboratories, The instrumentation laboratory, Microwave Extraction laboratory, The Mineral Processing Laboratory,  Open Pit Mine Design lab, Ore Reserveslab, Grade Control lab, rock mechanics lab, Underground Mine Design lab and Ventilation laboratory. The department has 10 full-time working faculty who have been published in various renowned journals. 

Pure Sciences

The University constitutes a school of pure sciences which includes the Department of Physics that offers MSc and PhD degrees in its graduate program. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics divides its undergraduate program among four years while it’s graduate program M.Sc. (Pattern I – Thesis or Pattern II – Project), M.A.Sc. and PhD degrees. The Department of Chemistry also distributes it’s program in four years while it’s graduate program include M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. degree and PhD course. The Department of Biology offers BSc, Honours in Biology Major, Biotechnology SSP, Biology and Mathematics SSP and Biology and psychology SSP for its undergraduate program and a combined BScH/MSc (Biology) program for its graduate course. 

Annual fees for Indians $21,000
Annual off-campus living $6,500
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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