University of alberta
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The University of Alberta, founded in the year 1908, is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The founders of the university are Alexander Cameron Rutherford, is first premier, and Henry Marshall Tory, its first president. The university falls in the top 5 Canadian universities and top 100 universities all over the world. 


Some of the infrastructural and research facilities provided by the university include:

  • NanoFAB
  • The Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility.
  • The Peter S. Allen Magnetic Resonance Research Centre.

In 2016, the university received $82.5 million to fund its infrastructure from the federal and provincial governments. The funding was given with the aim to improve the quality and scale of its 10 innovation and research facilities. The university also boasts of a library with a staggering collection of articles, ejournals, and articles. 


The university also offers comfortable on-campus residence options for students. Lister residence allows students to access facilities like dining halls, recreation with flatmates,  and tutors. The Peter Lougheed Hall is located on the edge of Edmonton's river valley and is a first-year residence. It also has programs to encourage academic achievements and social connections. .

The Saint Jean residents nurture their French community located on Campus Saint-Jean. The RSJ residents are new undergraduates who want a positive immersion experience.

Financial Aid

Some sources of financial aid provided by the university to the students are:

  • Undergraduate scholarships
  • Entrance scholarships
  • Bursaries
  • Emergency funding
  • student loans. 
  • Money talks: financial literacy


The university harbours campuses in Edmonton, the Augustana Campus in Camrose and a staff centre in downtown Calgary. The original north campus of the university consists of 150 buildings which cover 50 city blocks on the south rim of the North Saskatchewan River valley, directly across from downtown Edmonton.

The university has five distributed campuses including, apart from the North Campus, two auxiliary satellites: Campus Saint-Jean in southeast Edmonton, and Augustana Campus in Camrose. The Hudson's Bay department store in downtown Edmonton, renamed Enterprise Square, acts as a campus for adult students from the Faculty of Extension. The Edmonton International Airport is approximately 25km away from the University of Alberta North Campus. Light Rail Transit Trains arrive every 15 minutes during the day and every 5-10 minutes at peak hours. Most bus routes run every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the time of day and season.


Biomedical Engineering

It is a shared department between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. The graduate degree programs offered by the departments in biomedical engineering are MSc and PhD. Under undergraduate program, biomedical engineering is being offered as an option in the co-op program in Mechanical Engineering. The MSc degree in Biomedical engineering  requires the completion of three graduate courses and a research thesis which must be defended publically in a seminar. Completing the degree takes 2-3 years.

The research areas of the department include:

  • Nanostructured Biomaterials
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation
  • High-resolution MR Imaging
  • Diffusion MR Imaging
  • Cardiac MR Imaging
  • Limbic System MR Imaging
  • Brain MR Spectroscopy

The department has eight core professors and 40 adjunct professors to guide graduate students. The Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre is located in the university hospital and has three MRI systems for human imaging.

Chemical and Materials Engineering

 The undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering offers the following specialized study streams - Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Option, Computer Process Control Option, Oil Sands Stream. The undergraduate program in Materials Engineering is offered in the following specialized study streams: Biomedical Option and Materials Engineering.

The graduate programs offered by the department are MSc in Chemical Engineering, MSc in Biomedical Engineering, MSc in Process Engineering, PhD in  Chemical Engineering, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and PhD in Process Engineering. Completion of the MSc degrees constitute coursework, seminars, thesis and ethics course. These must be completed in a span of four years. Typically, the duration of the program is 2-2.5 years.
Some of the research areas of the department are:

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Corrosion and Wear
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Oil Sands Energy
  • Reactions and Catalysts
  • Thermodynamics
  • Welding and Metallurgy
  • Process Control and Systems Engineering
  • Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication
  • Mathematical and Molecular Modelling

There are around 50 faculty members in the department teaching about 300 graduate students.

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Petroleum and Mining Engineering 

The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provides graduate and undergraduate programs. BSc in Civil Engineering, BSc in Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering Option, BSc in Mining Engineering, and BSc in Petroleum Engineering are the undergraduate programs offered by the department. The graduate programs offered are Master of Science (MSc thesis-based), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Engineering (MEng course-based).

The MSc program is a full-time research based program which necessitates at least 18 (six single-term courses or equivalent) and ENGG 600 plus a thesis. In some areas, six (two single-term courses or equivalent) more than the minimum is required.This program is expected to be completed within a duration of 15 to 18 months. The maximum time allowed for course completion is 4 years. 

The Master of Engineering is a course-based program that necessitates a minimum of 24 (eight single-term graduate courses or equivalent), of which 15 (five single-term courses or equivalent) should be in the candidate's major field of focus, and a project. In some areas of specialization, an additional 6 (two single-term courses or equivalent) more than the minimum are required. Students have four years to complete the program. 

The PhD program is a research-based degree program. A supervisor assigns courses in the doctoral program. A minimum of three years  and a maximum of six years are required to complete program.

The research areas include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Construction
  • Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Materials
  • Mining 
  • Petroleum
  • Structural 
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources

The faculty includes 7 NSERC Industrial Research Chairs, the Canada Research Chair in Natural Resources Uncertainty Management, and Endowed Chairs in nanofiber research, steel structures, and masonry systems. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers undergraduate programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Engineering Physics. Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Engineering (MEng), and a joint Master of Business/Master of Engineering (MBA/MEng) are graduate programs offered by the university. Typically, the master’s programs take two years to complete. 

The research areas are:

  • Communications
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Control Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Photonics and Plasmas
  • Microsystems and Nanodevices
  • Solid State Electronics
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Electromagnetics and Microwaves
  • Integrated Circuits and Systems

The department has close ties with the $52M Nanotechnology Research Centre and the NRC-UAlberta Nanotechnology Initiative.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers traditional mechanical engineering program, cooperative education program, minors, biomedical co-option, elective streams under its undergraduate program. There are MSc, MEng and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering as graduate programs. It also provides MSc and PhD degrees in Engineering Management.

The research areas are:

  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Management
  • Fluid Mechanics and Systems
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Mechanical Systems and Control

The department consists of two Endowed Research Chairs, three NSERC Industrial Research Chairs, two CSME Fellows, an ASME Fellow, 
two Engineering Institute of Canada Fellows, an American Association for Aerosol Research Fellow.

Computing Science

The Department of Computing Science offers BSc, MSc and PhD degrees. M.Sc. students have to write a thesis on their chosen area of research. The course-based M.Sc. program requires students to complete 30 credits in graduate courses, including a 6-credit capstone course. Applicants of the Msc thesis program will have to select a research area and select and name 3 professors as potential supervisors. 

Pure Sciences 

1. Biology

It is offered as a major in the following programs.

  • Bachelor of Arts 
  • Bachelor of Science programs

Minors in biology are offered in all the programs. 

2. Chemistry

Chemistry as a major is available in the following programs. 

  • Bachelor of Arts and
  • Bachelor of Science programs.

As minors, it is available in all the programs. 

3. Environmental Science/ Studies

The department’s environmental studies/sciences examine:

  • Environment’s natural process
  • Human society’s dependence on nature
  • Man’s impact on nature through culture and technology

It is available as majors in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts Studies (Env. Science) and 
  • Bachelor of Science (Env. Science) programs

It is available as minors in all the programs.

4. Mathematics and Physics

The university offers a combined degree in Mathematics and Physics. These subjects are available as majors in the following programs

  • Bachelor of Arts and
  • Bachelor of Science programs

It is available as minors in all the programs. 

Annual fees for Indians $9,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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