University of Alberta

Edmonton, Canada

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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:

  • list items Nanostructured Biomaterials
  • list items Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation
  • list items High-resolution MR Imaging
  • list items Diffusion MR Imaging
  • list items Cardiac MR Imaging
  • list items Limbic System MR Imaging
  • list items 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:

  • list items Biochemical Engineering
  • list items Corrosion and Wear
  • list items Fluid Dynamics
  • list items Oil Sands Energy
  • list items Reactions and Catalysts
  • list items Thermodynamics
  • list items Welding and Metallurgy
  • list items Process Control and Systems Engineering
  • list items Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication
  • list items 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:

  • list items Biomechanics
  • list items Construction
  • list items Environmental Engineering and Science
  • list items Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • list items Materials
  • list items Mining 
  • list items Petroleum
  • list items Structural 
  • list items Transportation
  • list items 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:

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

  • list items Design and Manufacturing
  • list items Engineering Management
  • list items Fluid Mechanics and Systems
  • list items Mechanics and Materials
  • list items 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.

  • list items Bachelor of Arts 
  • list items 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. 

  • list items Bachelor of Arts and
  • list items Bachelor of Science programs.
  • As minors, it is available in all the programs. 

    3. Environmental Science/ Studies

    The department’s environmental studies/sciences examine:

  • list items Environment’s natural process
  • list items Human society’s dependence on nature
  • list items Man’s impact on nature through culture and technology
  • It is available as majors in the following programs:

  • list items Bachelor of Arts Studies (Env. Science) and 
  • list items 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

  • list items Bachelor of Arts and
  • list items Bachelor of Science programs
  • It is available as minors in all the programs.