Graduate Courses


Please refer to the graduate calendar for course requirements. In the event of a discrepancy between the calendar and this webpage, the calendar takes precedence. The technical courses listed below are offered for  graduate credit.Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are half courses.  Not all of the courses, however, will be offered each year. Click on a course’s name to view its course outline (in case of a discrepancy, the official course outline will be distributed in class at the beginning of term).

600-Level Courses


Title & Outline


*6D03 Nuclear Reactor Analysis Introduction to nuclear energy; nuclear physics and chain reactions; reactor statics and kinetics; multigroup analysis, core thermalhydraulics; reactor design.
*6G03 Optical Instrumentation The course provides a fundamental knowledge of optical instrumentation design. The students will gain in-depth background to design and operating principles of general and advanced optical instruments, as well as how these design principles relate to industrial, commercial, consumer, and medical applications of photonics.
*6I03 Introduction to Biophotonics This is a survey course on basic principles of light interaction with biological systems and specific biomedical applications of photonics.
*6MD3 Advanced Materials and Next-Generation Devices The lectures will focus on Photon emission and absorption, Inorganic LED materials and devices,introduction to Organic electronics, Orbitals to bands,Charge carriers, Electronic/optical processes, Interfaces and contacts, Organic light emitting diodes, Excitonic solar cells.
*6NE3 Advanced Nuclear Engineering Fission energy generation, distribution and conversion, Single phase and two-phase heat transfer and transport in a nuclear reactor, Thermal margins and safety limits, Power system thermodynamic cycles including the Rankine and Brayton cycle.
*6P03 Nuclear Power Plant Systems and Operations Systems and overall unit operations relevant to nuclear power plants; includes all major reactor and process systems; nuclear power plant simulater; self-study using interactive CD ROM.
*6S03 Introduction to Lasers and Electro-Optics Electro-magnetic radiation, optical modulation and detection; non-linear optics; coherence; optical resonators; laser gain media; laser systems; mode-locking.
*6X03 Introduction to Photovoltaics A review of photovoltaic devices including solar cell operation, characterization, manufacturing, economics, and current and next generation technologies.
*6Z03 Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Detailed description of fabrication technologies used in the semiconductor industry; computer modelling of device fabrication; analysis of device performance. Two classroom-based lectures, one computer cluster-based lecture; second term
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700-Level Courses

The following 700-level courses are offered for graduate credit only. These courses will be offered annually or biannually, depending on student enrollment and instructor availability.



Title & Outline


*710 Nuclear Reactor Dynamics and Control (not offered in 2016/17) This course will present advanced material on reactor kinetics and reactor control that blends nuclear engineering and classical control engineering methods. The objective of the course is to provide graduate students and practicing engineers with the knowledge and techniques that allow them to analyse and solve real-world problems in the area.
*713 Nuclear Safety Analysis and Reactor Accidents This course will provide the student with the detailed knowledge necessary to understand and perform nuclear safety analysis with specific application to CANDU and LWR reactors.
*726 Optoelectronic Device Physics  (not offered in 2016/17) Optoelectronic devices and the physics that governs their operation: the electro-optic, acousto-optic, and photoelastic effects; optics in semiconductors: free carrier effects, heterojunctions, quantum wells, electroabsorption; guided wave optics; optical modulators; photonic switching and optical interconnects; Fourier optics.
*729 Thin Film Growth and Deposition (not offered in 2016/17) A general introduction to thin film deposition techniques including vacuum science and technology, physical vapor deposition (evaporation, electron beam deposition, sputtering), chemical vapour deposition, and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) of thin semiconducting or dielectric films for electronic and optoelectronic applications.
*730 Thin Film Characterization A general introduction of the most commonly used techniques to determine optical, electrical, structural, and compositional characteristics of thin films.
*733 Industrial Project in Engineering Physics
A substantial project requiring the student to spend approximately four months in an industrial laboratory carrying out an approved project under the supervision of a suitably qualified staff scientist. The candidate is usually required to undertake some on-campus study in preparation
for the industrial project. This course is available only to students in the M.Eng. (Industrial Internship) degree program in the department of Engineering Physics.
*752 Advanced MEMS Fabrication and Microfluidics Introduction, Microfabrication and micromachining, Surface and bulk micromachining, non-conventional machining, Microfluidics, Microchannels, Microvalves, Micromixers, Micropumps, Droplet actuation, Integrated Systems.
*782 Solid-State Electronics Crystallography: binding and structure; free and nearly free electrons, energy bands; electronic aspects of semiconductors: doping, carrier statistics; point defects: energy levels, atomic configuration, thermodynamics; experimental aspects of defect spectroscopy.
*784 Nuclear Fuel Management (not offered in 2016-17) This is a course on in-core fuel management in nuclear reactors. It covers all aspects of the use of nuclear fuel in CANDU reactors, with comparison to fuel management in light-water reactors. The course includes full-core calculations in simplified but realistic CANDU models.
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Reading Courses

The following  courses are offered as “reading” courses. These courses are generally self-taught courses under the guidance of an instructor, and are not available every year. Students should consult with their supervisor and course instructor before enrolling in these courses.

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A selection of Nuclear Engineering related courses offered by other departments is given below.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Course
  • *782 / Dynamic Analysis of Power Systems
Materials Science and Engineering Course
  • *6D03 / Corrosion
Mechanical Engineering Courses
  • *706 / Advanced Heat Transfer I
  • *707 / Advanced Heat Transfer II
  • *708 / Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer
  • *723 / Flow Induced Vibrations
Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences Courses
  • *6R03 / Radiation and Radioisotope Methodology
  • *771 / Isotopes In-Vivo
  • *772 / Medical Health Physics
  • *775 / Advanced Radiation Physics
  • *776 / Introduction to Operational Health Physics

Photonics and nano technology related courses offered by other departments include the following:

Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses
  • *740 / Semiconductor Theory and Device Modeling
  • *741 / Analog Integrated Circuits
  • *750 / Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics
  • *754 / Modeling and Simulation of Photonic Devices and Circuits I
  • *755 / Modeling and Simulation of Photonic Devices and Circuits II
Physics and Astronomy Courses
  • *729 / Condensed Matter Physics I
  • *730 / Condensed Matter Physics II
  • *731 / Condensed Matter Theory
  • +*734 / Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
  • *739 / Advanced Quantum Mechanics I
  • *740 / Advanced Quantum Mechanics II
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