The Department of Engineering Physics offers programmes of study leading to the M.Eng. degree in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. degree in the fields of Nuclear Engineering and Microelectronics and Electro-optics. Ph.D. studies in other areas of departmental specialization can be undertaken through other academic departments in the Faculties of Science and Engineering.
M.A.Sc (Thesis) Degree
A candidate for the M.A.Sc. degree (Thesis) is required to complete a minimum of three half courses (the equivalent of two half courses must be at the 700 level) with an average of at least B and a thesis. The thesis topic is normally chosen in consultation with an on-campus supervisor. A minimum period of twelve months in residence will normally be required. It is expected that many students will choose this route towards a Ph.D. degree.
M.Eng. (Industrial Internship) Degree
A candidate for the M.Eng. degree (Industrial Internship) is required to complete a minimum of two full courses (the equivalent of one full course must be at the 700 level). The candidate must attain a grade of at least B- in each of the selected courses. An on-campus project is to be pursued under the supervision of a member of the Department. The subject area is to be chosen in consultation with the Department Chair and the supervisory faculty member.
In addition to the required courses and the on-campus project described above, the candidate for the M.Eng. degree (Industrial Internship) is required to complete EP 733. This involves spending approximately four months in an industrial laboratory carrying out an industry-oriented 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. The Department of Engineering Physics makes arrangements for the industrial project in consultation with the candidate. Subject to the approval of the Department Chair, the requirements for an on-campus project may be replaced by the addition of the equivalent of one more full course.
A master’s degree with at least a B+ standing in either engineering or physical science is usually required for admission to the Ph.D. programme. Students with a master’s degree are required to take three half courses, at least two of which must be at the 700 level. Students entering into the Ph.D. programme directly from a Baccalaureate degree, or transferring into the Ph.D. programme without being required to complete the Master’s degree are required to take a total of six half courses, of which at least four should be at the 700 level.
Students enrolling for a Ph.D. degree will be required to submit a written proposal for their research programme not later than one year after entry into the program. The proposal will be reviewed by the Supervisory Committee.
During their course of study, doctoral candidates will be required to pass a Departmental Comprehensive Examination. The purpose of this examination is to ensure that the candidate possesses sufficient knowledge and maturity of approach. The Comprehensive Examination will be in two parts. Part I will be an oral examination to test the student’s undergraduate level of knowledge and understanding of mathematics, physics, and the engineering sciences. Part II will take the form of an oral examination designed to examine the student’s understanding of, and approach to, her/his proposed dissertation research. The candidate will normally take Part I within 8 months of admission to the doctoral program, and Part II no later than 24 months following admission. Both parts of the Examination may, at the discretion of the Department, be repeated once. Reporting of examination results will be done in accordance with the Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
UNENE M.Eng. in Nuclear Engineering
The University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) is an alliance of universities, nuclear power utilities, research and regulatory agencies for the support and development of nuclear education, research and development capability in Canadian universities. UNENE offers a part-time course-based M.Eng. program in Nuclear Engineering, geared to people already working in the nuclear industry who wish to broaden their knowledge at the graduate level. Courses are given outside of working hours to accommodate people with a full-time job. The M.Eng. presents a unique, innovative learning experience. It consists of ten in-depth half courses (or 8 half courses plus a project) covering all the major disciplines in nuclear power reactor engineering. Students can enrol in the UNENE M.Eng. at any one of: McMaster University, University of Waterloo, Western University, Queen’s University or UOIT. The UNENE M.Eng. is offered on a part-time basis only and is not suitable for most international students.