Western University

London, Ontario, Canada

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Chemical and Biochemical

The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department fosters a challenging and rewarding study environment to prepare students for a successful educational or industrial career.

At the undergraduate level, the department offers three programs:

Chemical Engineering Program with five options :

  • list items General Chemical Engineering (4 years)
  • list items Biochemical and Environmental Engineering (4 years)
  • list items Chemical Engineering with Management (5 years)
  • list items Chemical Engineering with Law (6 years)
  • Green Process Engineering with three options :

  • list items Green Process Engineering (4 years)
  • list items Green Process Engineering with Management (5 years)
  • list items Green Process Engineering with Law (6 years)
  • Chemical Engineering International Collaborative Undergraduate Degree Program.

    Students pursuing a Chemical Engineering International Collaborative Undergraduate Degree Program receive a BESc. in Chemical Engineering (International collaboration) degree from Western and another Degree from their home institution in China.

    The department has several groundbreaking courses at the graduate level, apart from research-based master’s and doctoral curriculum such as the Accelerated Master’s program or programs that involve internships in industry.

    Graduate programs that are available in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering include:

  • list items Course-based Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • list items Thesis-based Master of Engineering Science (MESc)
  • list items Thesis-based Accelerated Masters Program
  • list items Thesis-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • List of Research Centers :

  • list items Chemical Reactor Engineering Centre (CREC)
  • list items The Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR)
  • list items The Particle Technology Research Centre (PTRC)
  • Areas of Research :

  • list items Biomaterials and Biochemical Engineering
  • list items Environmental and Green Engineering
  • list items Particle Technologies and Fluidization
  • list items Macromolecular and Materials Engineering
  • list items Reaction and Process Systems Engineering
  • list items Water and Energy
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    Civil and Environment

    The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Western is ranked #1 in Canada and #13 worldwide, according to Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking for Civil Engineering in 2017. Because of its excellent academic curricula, award-winning professors and state-of-the-art facilities,  the department at Western is known for its excellence nationally and internationally.

    The department offers a range of courses to choose from for undergraduates and graduates. The undergraduate program in Civil Engineering and International Development, which exposes students of Western Engineering to the complex social, ecological, political and economic issues affecting engineering, is particularly relevant to the curriculum at Western.

    The undergraduate program options available in the department are:

  • list items Structural Engineering
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items International Development with Structural
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • The department also offers graduate programs including course-based Master of Engineering (MEng); research-based Master of Engineering Science (MESc) and PhD.

    Whether your emphasis is on research and innovation, gaining technical knowledge in a particular field, or expanding your professional portfolio through graduate studies, the graduate degrees offered in CEE certainly help you achieve your educational objectives.

    Areas of Research

  • list items Environmental and Water Resources
  • list items Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental
  • list items Structural and Infrastructural
  • list items Wind Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • List of Labs

  • list items Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory
  • list items Centre for Environment and Sustainability
  • list items Facility for Intelligent Decision Support
  • list items Geotechnical Research Centre
  • list items Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)
  • list items Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes
  • list items RESTORE
  • list items WindEEE Research Institute
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    Electrical and Computer

    The faculty members of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are involved in technology research, offering opportunities for students to fully explore their abilities. The department provides undergraduate degree programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Mechatronic Systems Engineering with a variety of options. With world class institutions like Ivey Business School and the Schulich School of Medicine at Western, there is also the option of concurrent degree programs with Business, Medicine, Law and Computer Science.

    The ECE Department offers graduate programs at the masters (M.E.Sc. and M.Eng.) and doctoral (Ph.D) levels in the following research areas:

  • list items Biomedical Systems
  • list items Communications Systems and Data Networking
  • list items Applied Electrostatics And Electromagnetics
  • list items Microsystems and Digital Signal Processing
  • list items Power Systems Engineering
  • list items Robotics and Control
  • list items Software Engineering
  • MESc is a research-oriented degree, while MEng Program is a Profession-Oriented or a course-based Program. The M.Eng degree helps the student within a limited time span to extend and improve their learning. This degree also provides an opportunity for practicing engineers to update their technical knowledge to meet the demands of their profession involving technological advances. The Ph.D. program prepares the student for a career in R&D, research, or highly specialized technical advice.

    Students under this programme develop the ability to perform independent research and write publication research papers.

    ECE students have access to excellent research centers and services including:

  • list items Robarts Research Institute (RRI)
  • list items The Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) research centre
  • list items The Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI), the Department of Medical Biophysics
  • list items The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • list items Nanofabrication Facility
  • list items Western Institute for Nanomaterials Science (WINS)
  • They also have access to Power Systems Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS), a Real Time Nuclear Power Plant Simulator, and several state-of-the-art Distributed Control Systems of industrial quality made possible by special industrial and government support.

    Areas of Research 

  • list items Applied Electrostatics and Electromagnetics
  • list items Biomedical Systems
  • list items Computer-Assisted Medical Intervention (NSERC)
  • list items Communication Systems and Data Networking
  • list items Microsystems and Digital Signal Processing
  • list items Power Systems Engineering
  • list items Robotics and Control
  • list items Software Engineering
  • List of Labs

  • list items The ARM Lab
  • list items The WearME Lab
  • list items The EK3 Innovation Lab
  • list items Schweitzer Engineering Power System Protection Lab
  • list items The GE Innovations Lab
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    Mechanical and Materials

    The Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department provides students with a solid background in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and also develops among them the ability to specialize in any of the fields that the discipline has to offer. The department offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as combined and concurrent degree options. The combined degree program offers Mechanical Engineering degree with a Management, Medicine or Law degree.

    The graduate degrees include

  • list items Accelerated Masters of Engineering Science (Accel. MESc)
  • list items Masters of Engineering Science (MESc)
  • list items Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • The Research MESc and PhD program are full-time thesis-based research degrees, which are approximately for two years and four years respectively. The department also offers a Graduate Professional Program, i.e., Professional MEng program which is a course-based degree that may be a combination of course work and project, or complete course-work.  This degree can be earned on either full or part-time basis and is usually a full-time one-year degree.

    It also provides the Engineering in Medicine MEng program, which incorporates knowledge from:

  • list items The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)
  • list items Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • list items Mechanical and Material Engineering (MME) departments.
  • This program offers an opportunity to trained engineering graduates to understand the role of modern medicine engineers better.

    Areas of Research :

  • list items Biomechanics
  • list items Design and Manufacturing
  • list items Automation Technologies and Systems
  • list items Materials & Solid Mechanics
  • list items Thermofluids
  • list items Micro and NanoSystems
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    Computer Science

    The University of Western Ontario's Department of Computer Science, founded in 1964, is recognized internationally for excellence in research and teaching. Several graduate and undergraduate degrees are available in the department. The department also offers several concurrent degree programs in addition to the traditional Honors Specialization, Majors and Minors in Computer Science, which one can be completed in a shorter duration.

    Currently, the concurrent degrees that are offered are:

  • list items HBA from Ivey combined with a Computer Science Degree
  • list items JD from Western Law school combined with a Computer Science Degree
  • list items BESc from Western Engineering combined with a Computer Science Degree
  • list items Bachelor of Music from the Don Wright Faculty of Music with a Computer Science Degree
  • list items Nursing Degree from Western with a Computer Science Degree
  • Computer Science Honors Specialization with a Minor in Game Design is another very popular program. Coming to graduate degrees, there are several options that can be chosen by a student resulting in an MSc which are Thesis, project and course-work.

    The Department has also opened up the possibility of shared supervision between a computer science faculty member and another discipline for both the MSc and PhD degrees.

    The Vector Institute Accredited Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Artificial Intelligence (CSAI) is offered by the Department of Computer Science in collaboration with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CSAI).  This program seeks to improve a graduate student's education by adding a module to their study program that will provide Artificial Intelligence (AI) learning with a strong focus on the methodologies of artificial intelligence and applications in the core research areas. 

    Areas of Research

  • list items AI & Games
  • list items Bioinformatics
  • list items Computer Algebra
  • list items Distributed Systems
  • list items HCI & Software Engineering
  • list items Theoretical Computer Science
  • list items Vision and Image Processing
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    Pure Sciences

    1. The Biology Department is a vibrant, multicultural educational organization committed to research and teaching excellence. It provides a core curriculum for all the "biological sciences" and exceptional biology and sub-disciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs. Like the discipline, the department is diverse, providing opportunities to study living systems right from the level of genes and proteins to entire ecosystems for both undergraduate and graduate students.

    2. In Applied Mathematics, scientific computing and theoretical physics, Western offers honors, major and minor undergraduate programs. The Applied Mathematics Department also provides MSc and PhD degrees. Upon graduation, students work in a number of academic institutions, government agencies, and private firms.

    3. Western Chemistry Department is committed to identifying, disseminating and applying chemical knowledge through research, teaching, and public service. The department offers several honors, majors and minors in Chemistry at the undergraduate level.

    They include:

  • list items Honors Specialization in Chemistry
  • list items Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Chemistry
  • list items Honors Specialization in Chemical Biology
  • list items Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Chemistry
  • list items Major in Chemistry
  • list items Specialization in Chemistry
  • list items Minor in Chemistry
  • The Department of Chemistry offers programs of study that lead to Master of Science (M.Sc) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees at the graduate level. All programs are research-based.

    4. The Mathematics Department offers undergraduate and graduate training in mathematics. It provides programs that lead to M.Sc.(1 year) degrees. And then there's Ph.D too. The Mathematics Department has set up research groups in various fields of contemporary mathematics, including algebra, geometry, topology, analysis and no commutative geometry. 

    5. The Physics and Astronomy Department offers a degree in Concurrent Engineering / Physics which is a fully accredited engineering program under Western's Faculty of Engineering. The concurrent Engineering / Physics curriculum blends a normal degree in engineering with a major module in physics provided by the Physics and Astronomy Department. Degrees offered are  Concurrent Bachelor of Engineering Science (BESc) + Major in Physics.

    Department students can link their degree with one of the following programs for collaboration:

  • list items Environment & Sustainability
  • list items Planetary Science; Scientific Computing
  • list items Theoretical Physics (PhD only)
  • Students enrolled in a joint program are awarded a degree representing their training (i.e. PhD in Astronomy with Scientific Computing). The department also offers MSc Physics, MSc Astronomy and PhD graduate degrees. The master's degrees have both thesis and non-thesis options, whereas the PhD is a degree based on a dissertation.