Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry: Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program is designed for students who wish to become an expert in a specific research area and is a stepping stone to a career in academia. Students work alongside world-renowned researchers while gaining profound depth and experience in their field of study.

Applicants may enter the program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MASc degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program after completing one year; or 3) direct entry following completion of a bachelor's degree, in exceptional cases. The program can also be taken on a flexible-time basis.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry​'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • B+ (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study in the undergraduate program, and successful completion of a research master's degree with an overall average of at least B+ (or equivalent).

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program following completion of an MASc program with a minimum B+ average and exceptional all-around scientific and intellectual ability as evidenced from theoretical or experimental research, academic standing, initiative, and publication record.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete at least 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must also take CHE 1102H Research Methods and Project Execution once during their program, typically in Year 1.

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.

  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Within 9 to 12 months of starting the PhD program, students must pass a qualifying examination.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details​ in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • B+ (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study in the undergraduate program.

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program by transferring from the University of Toronto MASc program after completing one year; such students must successfully complete a bypass examination.

  • International applicants with a master's degree from outside Canada or the United States may be asked to register in the MASc program and follow the transfer route of entry.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and do not have to take a separate PhD qualifying examination.

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.
  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry​'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • B+ (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study in the undergraduate program, and successful completion of a research master's degree with an overall average of at least B+ (or equivalent).

  • In exceptional cases, applicants may enter the PhD program via direct entry after completing a bachelor's degree.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete at least 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must also take CHE 1102H Research Methods and Project Execution once during their program, typically in Year 1.

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.

  • Within 9 to 12 months of starting the PhD program, students must pass a qualifying examination.

  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry​'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • B+ (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study in the undergraduate program, and successful completion of a research master's degree with an overall average of at least B+ (or equivalent).

  • Applicants may enter the PhD following completion of an MASc program with a minimum B+ average and exceptional all-around scientific and intellectual ability as evidenced from theoretical or experimental research, academic standing, initiative, and publication record.

  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, applicants to the flexible-time PhD option must also demonstrate that they are actively engaged in professional activities related to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Students in the flexible-time PhD program will be subject to the same requirements as students in the full-time program.

  • Students must complete at least 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must also take CHE 1102H Research Methods and Project Execution once during their program, typically in Year 1.

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.

  • Within 16 months of starting the PhD program, students must pass a qualifying examination.

  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students in the PhD program have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details​ in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years