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Masters and PhD programs

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The MEng in chemical engineering is a one year practically oriented program intended for those plan to make their careers in industry. This degree is attractive to those in industry or government who are interested in studying part-time.

The degree may be completed in two formats:

Course based: Where the requirement is successful completion of an approved 30 credit-hour program. A minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework must be taken from the ChE graduate-level course list.

Project based: Where the requirements is successful completion of 24 credit hours of which a minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken from the ChE graduate-level course list; and, completion of an industrial project, written report and oral presentation. The project must be supervised by a UNB faculty member and is generally completed over the summer period in collaboration with local industry and possibly on a co-operative work-study basis.

At the discretion of the GAU certain senior level undergraduate courses may be included in the MEng program but, in general, no more than 8 credit hours will be allowed for undergraduate courses. Such undergraduate courses, however, count only half their credit hour value towards the MEng program.

Students interested in transferring undergraduate courses to count towards their MEng requirement must request so in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies. The MEng degree is not terminal and students who successfully complete the MEng are eligible for admission to the PhD program, on a competitive basis.


The MScE is a research oriented master's degree that normally requires two years to complete. Chemical engineering is known for its exceptional and supportive faculty who provide a mentorship approach to supervision.

The course program must include the following courses:

  • ChE 6997 Thesis (Students must register for this every term until they graduate - 0 units)
  • ChE 6800 Seminar Course 1 unit
  • ChE 6511 Research Proposal Course - 3 units

The remaining course selection must be approved by the candidate’s supervisor and may include courses outside of chemical engineering.


The PhD program is typically entered following completion of a research master's program. You are required to present a research proposal and successfully complete the research proposal course. Candidates must also pass a comprehensive examination covering the major areas of chemical engineering within the first year of study.

Normally, candidates for the PhD should hold a Master's degree in chemical engineering or in an appropriate related discipline.

PhD candidates are required to take three courses (9ch) at the 5000 or 6000 level in addition to ChE6511 and ChE 6800. The courses must be approved by the students’ supervisor and may include courses outside of Chemical Engineering.

A student who holds a recognized bachelor's degree is generally admitted, initially, to the MScE program. Such a student may transfer directly to the PhD program (without writing the MScE thesis) after successful completion of the MScE course program, the comprehensive examination, and presenting and defending a detailed research proposal for the thesis project.

For the comprehensive examination, candidates are required to choose three areas from the following list: heat transfer, mass transfer, reaction engineering, thermodynamics, process dynamics/control, unit operations. Written examinations are set in the same day. Candidates may also be asked to defend their papers orally.

In addition to the university oral, each PhD candidate is required to pass a departmental oral examination. Candidates are examined primarily on areas related to their research but must be prepared also to answer questions of a general nature.