Materials Science and Engineering

MSE Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Aff​iliation

Applied Science and Engineering

Degree Programs

Materials Science and Engineering

​​​MASc
Emphasis:
Sustainable Energy
​MEng
Emphases:
Advanced Manufacturing​
Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design​​
Engineering and Globalization
Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE)
Forensic Engineering
Sustainable Energy​​
​​PhD
Emphasis:
Sustainable Energy​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Biomedical Engineering
    • Materials Science and Engineering, MASc, PhD
  2. Environmental Engineering (admissions have closed)
    • Materials Science and Engineering, MASc, MEng, PhD
  3. Optics
    • Materials Science and Engineering, MASc

Overview

Climate change, energy availability, and resource depletion are today’s global challenges. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is at the forefront of addressing these issues. MSE's research, education, and applications expertise in advanced materials engineering enables the development of new and sustainable technologies, creating innovative solutions for the global environment. As a world leader in materials applications and processing, the department's commitment to excellence fosters innovative thinking in its students, leading to the development of brilliant minds and ideas that make a global impact.

MSE research and studies address the general problem of understanding structure-property-processing-performance relationships in materials. Materials science subjects focus on the structure, properties, and application of advanced materials in areas such as: Advanced Manufacturing & Coating Techniques; Adaptive Materials; Biomaterials & Biotechnology; Computational Materials Engineering; Electronic Materials & Systems; Materials Fracture & Failure; Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology; Optoelectronics; Photovoltaics; Process Metallurgy; Surface Engineering; and Sustainable Mineral & Materials Processing.

Leading-edge research facilities house 11 electron microscopy and surface characterization instruments in the Ontario Centre for the Characterization of Advanced Materials (OCCAM) and five new analytical instruments in the Walter Curlook Materials Characterization & Processing Laboratory, where graduate students learn from world-renowned researchers.  

Contact and Address

Web: www.mse.utoronto.ca
Email: materials.engineering@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3012
Fax: (416) 978-4155

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Toronto
Wallberg Building
Room 140, 184 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E4
Canada

MSE Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Azimi, Gisele - BASc, MASc, PhD
Barati Sedeh, Mansoor - BSc, MASc, PhD
Bobicki, Erin - BASc, PhD
Chattopadhyay, Kinnor - BEng, MEng, PhD
Coyle, Thomas - BS, BA, ScD (Associate Chair, Graduate Studies)
Erb, Uwe - MSc, PhD
Grynpas, Marc - MSc, PhD
Hatton, Benjamin - BASc, MASc, PhD
Hibbard, Glenn - BASc, PhD
Kherani, Nazir - BASc, MASc, PhD
Lee, Chi-Guhn - DPhil
Lian, Keryn - BE, MASc, MSc, PhD
Lu, Zheng-Hong - BSc, MSc, PhD
Matsuura, Naomi - ME, PhD
Naguib, Hani - BSc, ME, PhD, PEng
Nogami, Jun - BASc, MASc, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Perovic, Doug - BASc, MASc, PhD
Ruda, Harry - BSc, PhD
Singh, Chandra Veer - BASc, MTech, PhD
Thorpe, Steven - BASc, MASc, PhD
Wang, Zhirui - BEng, BEng, MASc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Argyropoulos, Stavros - MEng, PhD
Mclean, Alexander - BSc, PhD
North, Thomas - BSc, MSc, PhD
Pilliar, Robert - BASc, PhD
Sommerville, Iain - BSc, PhD, ARCS

Associate Members

Sone, Eli - BSc, MS, PhD

MSE: Materials Science and Engineering MASc

​Master of Applied Science​

Program Description

The MASc program provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced study and research with the guidance of experts in their respective fields. Studying in a chosen area of specialty and developing skills through hands-on experience in the MSE world-class labs provides students with the ability to either pursue PhD studies or to move out into industry with enriched skills and knowledge. This full-time program demands commitment and passion for research in materials engineering. For those interested in continuing to PhD-level research, successful completion of the MASc is the normal route.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Students are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Materials Science and Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • For students whose primary language is not English, the department requires a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 580 and 4 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 93/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. The program of study normally includes 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (four half courses), including:

    • MSE 1000H0, the mandatory weekly Graduate Research Seminar MASc (0.5 FCE) 

    • three half courses (1.5 FCEs), one of which must be chosen from the list of MSE graduate course offerings. 

  • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research, a non-credit graduate ethics seminar.

  • The required thesis is based upon research work carried out in the department. The thesis must be presented at an oral examination.

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

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

MSE: Materials Science and Engineering MEng

Master of Engineering​

Program Description

The MEng program has been developed for recent graduates who wish to pursue graduate-level studies but may not be interested in continuing to the PhD program. This program is also intended for working engineers who wish to augment their current knowledge and add to their credentials. The multidisciplinary nature of materials engineering and the coursework-only and coursework-plus-project options enable students to build personalized programs which best suit their individual interests and needs. The MSE MEng is recognized and respected by employers globally and can enhance and enrich the career opportunities of graduates.

The MEng program can be taken on a full-time, extended full-time, or part-time basis.

 

Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • For students whose primary language is not English, the department requires a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 580 and 4 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 93/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • For students with adequate undergraduate preparation, the normal program will include 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (10 half courses). A project may be substituted for 1.5 FCEs (3 half courses). Students enrolled in this option work in consultation with a professor who acts as advisor for the project undertaken. An oral presentation of the project may be required.

  • Students normally complete the requirements in three sessions (one year).

  • Full-time MEng students may transfer to the research-stream MASc program if they meet all of the following criteria:

    • ​​The request to transfer must be submitted at the beginning of the second session of enrolment. For example, students enrolled in September must successfully complete 1.5 FCEs (three half courses), technical courses of which at least one must be from MSE, with a B+ or 78% average. The technical courses taken during the MEng program will be credited toward the MASc program.​ 

    • Have a supervisor who is willing to provide funding for an MASc research project starting in the second session of enrolment.

  • Students have the ​option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE)​; or Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Materials Science and Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);

Time Limit

3 years

 

Extended Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • For students whose primary language is not English, the department requires a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 580 and 4 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 93/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • For students with adequate undergraduate preparation, the normal program will include 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (10 half courses). A project may be substituted for 1.5 FCEs (3 half courses). Students enrolled in this option work in consultation with a professor who acts as advisor for the project undertaken. An oral presentation of the project may be required.

  • Students are expected to complete the requirements in six sessions (two years). They are limited to six half courses per year and three half courses per session.
  • Full-time MEng students may transfer to the research-stream MASc program if they meet all of the following criteria:

    • ​​The request to transfer must be submitted at the beginning of the second session of enrolment. For example, students enrolled in September must successfully complete 1.5 FCEs (three half courses), technical courses of which at least one must be from MSE, with a B+ or 78% average. The technical courses taken during the MEng program will be credited toward the MASc program.​ 

    • Have a supervisor who is willing to provide funding for an MASc research project starting in the second session of enrolment.

  • Students have the ​option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE)​; or Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Materials Science and Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

 

Part-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • For students whose primary language is not English, the department requires a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 580 and 4 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 93/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • For students with adequate undergraduate preparation, the normal program will include 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (10 half courses). A project may be substituted for 1.5 FCEs (3 half courses). Students enrolled in this option work in consultation with a professor who acts as advisor for the project undertaken. An oral presentation of the project may be required.

  • Students are limited to four half courses per year and two half courses per session.

  • Students normally complete the requirements in nine sessions (three years).

  • Students have the ​option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE)​; or Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Materials Science and Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

9 sessions

Time Limit

6 years

MSE: Materials Science and Engineering PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

Pursuing a PhD degree, the most advanced research degree in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, can be a stepping stone to an academic career or to an industrial career which would benefit from in-depth applied research and research skills. Under the guidance of an accomplished supervisor, PhD students engage in original research that contributes to a variety of fields of study. Four years of PhD study allowing students to collaborate with local and international colleagues culminates in a written thesis which is presented orally and evaluated by experts. This is a degree program for outstanding students.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following successful completion of an MASc degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program to continue work that was begun at that level.

 

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 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Students are normally expected to have completed a master's-level program before entering the PhD program.

  • Very strong MASc students may apply to transfer to the PhD program after completing one year of the MASc program. Regulations governing such transfers are available in the MSE Graduate Studies office. A student who is permitted such a transfer must complete the PhD Graduate Research Seminar, plus one more graduate-level c​ourse (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]), in addition to the four courses (2.0 FCEs) already completed in the MASc program.

  • For students whose primary language is not English, the department requires a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 580 and 4 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 93/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • The primary subject in a program will be extractive and process metallurgy, physical metallurgy, or materials science.

  • Coursework. The program of study normally includes 2.0 FCEs (four half courses), including the weekly PhD Graduate Research Seminar, and a thesis.

  • Normally, the coursework selected includes:

    • The PhD Graduate Research Seminar (0.5 FCE), which is a half-year course ;

    • Three half courses (1.5 FCEs), at least one of which must be chosen from the list of MSE graduate course offerings.

    • The departmental seminar comprises a minimum of two seminars presented to the academic staff and students of MSE.

  • A general Qualifying Examination must be scheduled and taken within 12 months of initial registration. In case of failure, one further attempt within three months is allowed, no later than within 15 months of initial registration. No further attempts are permitted.

  • The Qualifying Examination consists of:

    • ​​​A report (25 to 30 pages) of research to date, in the form of a dossier.

    • A presentation (20 to 25 minutes) summarizing research, with particular emphasis on providing a critical assessment of the literature in the field, a central hypothesis of thesis, proposed methodology, and recent experimental progress.

    • An oral examination, immediately following the presentation, by the Qualifying Examination committee who will ask the candidate questions pertaining to either the presented material, or related questions in materials science. The student is expected to have a working-level knowledge of the fundamentals of materials science as it pertains to the proposed area of research, and on a broader basis, at the level of a second-year undergraduate student in Materials Science.

    • All required coursework, Graduate Seminar excepted, must be completed in order to take this examination.

  • Note: students wishing to bypass (transfer) to PhD, no later than 12 months after initial registration in MASc, must also fulfil these Qualifying Examination requirements.

  • The required thesis is based upon research work carried out in the department in the areas of extractive and process metallurgy, physical metallurgy, or materials science.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details below.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's

MSE: Materials Science and Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases

Emphasis: Advanced Manufacturing​​ (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete:

  • ​Four half courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]), including at least one core course.

  • Elective courses may include other core courses, and courses from either of two streams: Man​ufacturing Engineeri​ng and Manufacturing Management.

Core Courses

​AER 501H, AER 1403H, APS 1028H, CHE 1123H, MIE 519H, MIE 1740H.

Elective Courses—Manufacturing ​Engineering

AER 521H, AER 1415H,
CHE 575H, CHE 1134H,
MIE 506H, MIE 540H, MIE 1706H, MIE 1713H, MIE 1718H, MIE 1743H,
​MSE 1013H, MSE 1015H, MSE 1028H, MSE 1029H, MSE 1031H, MSE 1058H, MSE 1061H,
ROB 501H.​

Elective Courses—Manufacturing Management

APS 1005H, APS 1011H, APS 1012H, APS 1013H, APS 1014H, APS 1017H, APS 1020H, APS 1023H, APS 1026H, APS 1040H, APS 1088H, APS 1420H, APS 1501H,
CHE 561H, CHE 1434H,
MIE 523H, MIE 1505H, MIE 1514H, MIE 1715H, MIE 1721H, MIE 1723H, MIE 1727H.​​

Emphasis: Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design (MEng only)​​

MEng students must successfully complete two core courses (1.0 full-course equivalent [FCE​]) and two specialization courses (1.0 FCE).

  • Two core courses (1.0 FCE):

    1. CHE 1150H Industrial Water Technology

    2. ​​​at least one of the following (any of the other three can count as a specialized course):

      • CIV 541H Environmental Biotechnology

      • CIV 1308H Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes

      • CIV 1311H Advanced and Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment and

      • CIV 1319H Chemistry and Analysis of Water and Wastes.

  • Two specialized courses selected f​rom th​e following (1.0 FCE):

    • CHE 565H Aqueous Process Engineering

    • CHE 1213H Corrosion

    • CHE 1430H Hydrometallurgy Theory and Practice

    • CIV 549H Groundwater Flow and Contamination

    • CIV 550H Water Resources Engineering

    • CIV 1303H Water Resources Systems Modeling

    • JNC 2503H Environmental Pathways

    • MIE 1807H Principles of Measurements

    • STA 1004H Introduction to Experimental Design

    • or one of the remaining courses from item 2.

​Upon successful completion of the emphasis requirements and the successful completion of the MEng degree requirements, t​he student will receive a Letter of Completion.​

 

Emphasis: Engineering and Globalizat​ion (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete four half courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) from the following lists, with at least two half courses (or one full course) taken from Group A.

Group A

APS 510H, APS 530H, APS 1420H, GLA 1000H, JCR 1000Y (full-year course)

Group B

APS 1015H, APS 1020H, APS 1024H, CHL 5700H, JMG 2020H

Note: Students who choose to pursue an MEng project in their home department that aligns with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN)'s disciplinary focus, as deemed by the CGEN Director, may count the project as one required Group B course.

 

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in​ Engineering (ELITE)​​ (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete any four of the following courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]):

Leadership

APS 1010H, APS 1011H, APS 1026H, APS 1027H, APS 1029H, APS 1030H, APS 1501H

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

APS 1012H, APS 1013H, APS 1015H, APS 1023H, APS 1033H, APS 1035H, APS 1036H, APS 1088H

Finance and Management

APS 502H, APS 1001H, APS 1004H, APS 1005H, APS 1009H, APS 10​16H, APS 1017H, APS 1020H, APS 1022H, APS 102​8H, APS 1032​H, APS 1038H, APS 1039H, APS 1040H

Engineering and Society

APS 510H, APS 1018H, APS 1024H, APS 1025H, APS 1031H, APS 1034H, APS 1420H​, JMG 2020H​​​

 

Emphasis: Forensic Engineering (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete four courses (one core course and three elective courses).  

Core Course

MSE 1031H

Elective Courses

APS 540H, APS 1034H, APS 1039H, APS 1040H,
BME 1800H, BME 1801H, BME 1480H,
CHE 561H, CHE 568H, CHE 1213H, CHE 1431H, CHE 1432H, CHE 1434H,
CIV 510H, CIV 518H, CIV 1163H, CIV 1171H, CIV 1174H, CIV 1190H, CIV 1201H, CIV 1279H, CIV 1282H, CIV 1422H, CIV 1429H,
JMB 1050H, 
JNC 2503H, 
MSE 1015H, MSE 1016H, MSE 1022H, MSE 1032H,
MIE 566H, MIE 1224H, MIE 1301H, MIE 1303H, MIE 1411H, MIE 1414H, MIE 1616H, MIE 1713H, MIE 1714H, MIE 1721H, MIE 1723H, MIE 1727H, MIE 1804H. 

Emphasis: Sustainable Energy​ (MASc, MEng, PhD)

Doctoral-stream (MASc/PhD) students must successfully complete:

  • At least three half courses (1.5 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) from the course lists below.

  • A thesis in an area of relevance to sustainable energy with approval of the Institute of Sustainable Energy steering committee.

​MEng​ students must successfully complete:

  • ​​​​​​​Four courses (2.0 FCEs) from the following lists below, of which at least one (0.5 FCE) must be a core course.

Core Courses

APS 1032H,
MIE 515H, MIE 1120H.

​Elective Courses

AER 507H, AER 1304H, AER 1315H, AER 1415H,
CHE 568H, CHE 1053H, CHE 1118H, CHE 1123H, CHE 1142H, CHE 1143H,
CIV 575H, CIV 576H, CIV 577H, CIV 1303H, CIV 1307H,
ECE 533H, ECE 1030H, ECE 1055H, ECE 1057H, ECE 1085H, ECE 1086H, ECE 1092H, ECE 1094H,
MIE 516H, MIE 517H, MIE 1128H, MIE 1129H, MIE 1130H, MIE 1240H, MIE 1715H,
MSE 1022H, MSE 1023H, MSE 1028H, MSE 1058H​.

MSE: Materials Science and Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Courses

A schedule is available on the MSE website at the beginning of the Fall session, listing the time and room location for each course offered in MSE in both the Fall and Winter sessions.

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department for a listing of courses being offered this year.

All students wishing to undertake graduate research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering must successfully complete a two-day intensive occupational health and safety training program which will normally take place during the week immediately preceding the commencement of graduate courses. More details concerning this course will be provided by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies once admission to a graduate program has been confirmed.

After the initial safety training, all students are required to pass refresher safety training annually.

Materials Science

MSE 1000H0
​Graduate Research Seminar MASc
MSE 1004H Extractive Metallurgy
​MSE 1013H
​Growth and Characterization of Semiconductors
​MSE 1015H
Mechanical Properties of Solids I​
​MSE 1016H
​Mechanical Properties of Solids II
​MSE 1022H
​Special Topics in Materials Science I
​MSE 1023H
Special Topics in Materials Science II​
​MSE 1024H
Interface and Nanophase Engineering​​
​MSE 1025H
​Non-Crystalline Solids
​MSE 1026H
​Analytical Electron Microscopy
​MSE 1028H
​Advanced Materials Science
​MSE 1029H
​Electrochemical Synthesis of Nanomaterials
​MSE 1031H
​Forensic Engineering
​MSE 1033H
​Advanced Rate Phenomena in Materials Processing
​MSE 1034H
​Directed Readings in Materials Science and Engineering I
MSE 1035H Optical and Photonic Materials
​​MSE 1036H
​Application of Electrochemical Techniques in Materials Science
​MSE 1037H
​Process Metallurgy of Iron and Steel
MSE 1038H Computational Materials Design
MSE 1044H Directed Readings in Materials Science and Engineering II
​MSE 1051H
​Advanced Physical Properties of Structural Nanomaterials​
​MSE 1058H​
Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems
​MSE 1061H
​Engineered Ceramics
MSE 1062H Materials Physics
​MSE 2000H0
​Graduate Research Seminar PhD
MSE 3000Y MEng Project
APS 1012H Management of Innovation and Change in Engineering
​JMB 1050H
​Biological and Bio-inspired Materials
​JMZ 1704H
​Polymer Process Engineering
​JTC 1020H
​Ceramics
​JTC 1135H
​Applied Surface Chemistry

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.