Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)

Overview

The department has a strong research record, and is particularly proud of its mix of fundamental research coupled with industrial relevance and interaction. The department offers opportunities for study in the fields of casting and solidification of metals, ceramic processes and properties, corrosion, composite material processing and properties, hydrometallurgy and electrorefining, physical metallurgy, pyrometallurgy, remelting processes, thermomechanical processing and environmental processing.

What makes the program unique?

The Department of Materials Engineering at UBC (MTRL) is one of the top-rated materials programs in North America with activities spanning our internationally-leading program in hydrometallurgy to our leading edge research and teaching in sustainability, nanomaterials, biomaterials and composites.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Engineering
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Materials Engineering
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Applied Science

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Date: Thursday, 05 September 2019
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
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Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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Research Information

Research Facilities

Research Centres are: Advanced Materials Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL), Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering, Clean Energy Research Centre, Electron Microscope Laboratory, MagNet - Magnesium Network.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
02 August 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 October 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 October 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
02 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 February 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 February 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 February 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 February 2020

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 August 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 August 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 August 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 August 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 August 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 August 2020

May 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
02 August 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 October 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 October 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2020

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

52 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 7 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 44 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (3)
McMaster University (2)
University of Manchester
University of Tehran
Mewar University
Southwest Jiaotong University
Northeastern University (Shenjang, China)
Queen's University
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Calgary
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Novelis Inc. (3)
Aperam
Influitive
BioInspire Technologies
Stream-Flo Industries
Niroo Research Institute
Natural Resources Canada
ArcelorMittal
AREAVA
Dana Canada Corporation
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Research Scientist (3)
Research Engineer (2)
Hydrometallurgical Engineer
Research Professional
Improvement Facilitator
Orthopaedic Engineer / Cleanroom Engineer
Principal Technology Development Engineer
Faculty Member
CFD / FEA Specialist
Project Manager
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
This program underwent a name or structural change in the study time frame, and all alumni from the previous program were included in these summaries. These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications4224393937
Offers1413161412
New registrations12614108
Total enrolment6263616067

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 94.12% based on 17 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 35 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 3.33 years and the maximum time is 7.66 years with an average of 5.15 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 23 September 2018].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 9:00am - Room 200

Arthur Marie Jean-Francoi Despres
On the Origin of Hot Rolling Textures of Ferritic Stainless Steels

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Asselin, Edouard (Hydrometallurgy (including leaching, electrometallurgy and residue characterization), Electrochemistry (including high temperature electrochemistry and sensors))
  • Cockcroft, Steven (Clean Energy Research, Physical phenomena in non-ferrous casting, hot tearing, Optimization of industrial casting processes, Mathematical modeling)
  • Dixon, David (Fixed-bed leaching)
  • Dreisinger, David (Hydrometallurgy industry, iron, copper)
  • Fernlund, Goran (Polymer matrix composites, Biomaterials, Adhesive bonding)
  • Ko, Frank (Textile Structural Composites)
  • Liu, Wenying (Use of sea water in heap leaching; Release of selenium and associated toxic elements from mine waste materials; Heap leach modelling )
  • Maijer, Daan (Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow, Stress, Microstructure Materials processing models employed for process control)
  • Militzer, Matthias (Multi-scale modelling of microstructure evolution, Physical metallurgy of advanced high strength steels)
  • Poole, Warren (Advanced aluminum alloys, High strengths, high formable steels, Metal matrix composites, Microstructure/property models)
  • Poursartip, Anoush (Polymer matrix composite materials)
  • Sinclair, Chadwick (Modelization and Simulation, Theoretical Approach, Metals and Alloys, Material Design, Mechanical and Physical Processes, Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Materials Science, Manufacturing, Alloy Design, Solid State Physics, Mechanics)
  • Tafaghodi, Leili (Sustainable high temperature materials processing; Synthesis and refining of high quality metals and alloys; Thermodynamics; Mineral processing)
  • Troczynski, Tom (ceramics, coatings, biomaterials, refractories, fracture, Medical applications, Processing, microstructure and properties of ceramics)
  • Wang, Rizhi (Biomaterials, biomechanics Also, the structure and formation processes of biologically formed materials (eg seashells, silk, teeth) and applies the mechanisms to the design and processing of novel materials)
  • Xia, Guangrui (Group IV semiconductors in microelectronics; Si compatible lasers; 2D semiconductors; 3D integration of Ics; Raman spectroscopy )

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Janna Noemi Fabris
    "Dr. Fabris developed a simulation-based framework to encourage the systematic integration and aggregation of the composites manufacturing science base. Known as Knowledge in Practice, this framework formalizes knowledge use to enable the composites industry to adopt science-based practices to minimize production risk, cost, and development time." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Sebastian Medrano
    "Using experimental and modeling methods, Dr. Medrano studied aluminum alloys for automotive applications. His work linked the strength of the alloy to the formation of nanoclusters during processing, and their relationship with the material's defects. This study supports the use of these alloys to produce vehicles with less environmental impact." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Andrew Lawrence Stewart
    "Dr. Stewart studied the origin and growth of fibre misalignments during carbon fibre composite manufacturing. He developed automated strategies which regressed data sets several orders of magnitude larger than those found in the literature. Using these datasets, he created new models which should lead to less expensive and lighter planes and cars." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Sophia Shuk Kwan Chan
    "Fuel cells are promising devices to sustain our increasing need for clean energy. Dr. Chan developed a novel catalyst component using nanofibrous materials to study the impact of material and structural properties on fuel cell performance. The findings from her research can reduce costs and increase efficiencies in future fuel cell designs." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Farzaneh Farhang Mehr
    "To reduce fuel consumption, the automotive industry is aiming to increase the use of small, powerful engines. Dr. Farhang-Mehr addressed this need by designing and testing a novel water-cooled chill to be used in the production of engine blocks. Both the experimental and mathematical model results show that the adoption of this technology has the potential to improve the in-service life of the engine block." (May 2018)
 

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May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
02 August 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 October 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 October 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
02 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 February 2020
International Applicant Deadline
01 February 2020

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 August 2020
International Applicant Deadline
01 August 2020

May 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
02 August 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 October 2020
International Applicant Deadline
01 October 2020
 

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