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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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.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
02 October 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 February 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 February 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 February 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 February 2019

January 2020 Intake

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

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

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$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
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. 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

 20172016201520142013
Applications2439393728
Offers1216141210
New registrations6141084
Total enrolment6361606777

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: 9 March 2018]. 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

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 10:00am - 311, Brimacombe Building (AMPEL), 2355 East Mall

Sebastian Medrano
Study of Concurrent Recovery and Precipitation on the Mechanical Behaviour of Al-Mg Alloys with Small Additions of Cu

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. 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)
  • Dr. Tengteng Tang
    "Why are some seniors more susceptible to hip fractures than others? To address this question, Dr. Tang studied patients who had sustained a hip fracture. By combining laboratory and clinical studies from the materials perspective, she improved our understanding of how the hip fractures in a clinical setting." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Chenglu Liu
    "Dr. Liu conducted a study to investigate how alloy additions affect a structure during homogenization heat treatment and to examine the high temperature strength of the AA6082 alloys. The work could assist the auto industry to replace steel components with aluminum in cars to decrease vehicle weight and reduce their environmental impact." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Fariba Sheykhjaberi
    "Dr. Sheykhjaberi studied the semi-solid behaviours of two commercial alloys to understand hot tearing - or cracks that start during solidification of a material. She demonstrated that the strength of the material is fraction solid and cooling rate dependent. Results of this project could be used to improve the casting process of automotive parts." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Pan Fan
    "An ongoing challenge in the automotive industry is controlling microporosity related defects. Dr. Fan's doctoral studies focused on porosity prediction in wheel casting and developed a method to predict hydrogen macrosegregation during solidification of the casting. This work can help increase overall quality and lower production costs." (May 2018)
 

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
02 October 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 February 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 February 2019

January 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 August 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 August 2019

May 2020 Intake

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

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