Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
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.
Research Centres are: Advanced Materials Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL), Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering, Clean Energy Research Centre, Electron Microscope Laboratory, MagNet - Magnesium Network.
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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.
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 EducationUniversity of British Columbia (3)
McMaster University (2)
University of Manchester
University of Tehran
Southwest Jiaotong University
Northeastern University (Shenjang, China)
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Calgary
Sample Employers Outside Higher EducationNovelis Inc. (3)
Niroo Research Institute
Natural Resources Canada
Dana Canada Corporation
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationResearch Scientist (3)
Research Engineer (2)
Orthopaedic Engineer / Cleanroom Engineer
Principal Technology Development Engineer
CFD / FEA Specialist
PhD Career Outcome SurveyYou may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
DisclaimerThis 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
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|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)||$923.38 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
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.
Completion Rates & Times
Upcoming Doctoral Exams
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 4:00pm - Room 308A, Frank Forward Building, 6350 Stores Road
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 12:30pm - Room 200
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 - 12:30pm - Room 203
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 ProcessesMaterials 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. Kamyar Gordnian
"Dr. Gordnian developed mathematical models to simulate the behaviour of polymer composite materials during manufacturing. The proposed methodology is a promising tool for industries, such as aerospace, to better understand the effects of process parameters, and minimize the production risks and costs." (November 2017)
- Dr. Li-Ting Lin
"Dr. Lin conducted research on carbon nanofibre made from a low cost and bio-renewable lignin material. He applied different methods to improve the mechanical properties and developed electrodes for energy storage devices. His research provides guidance to tailor the performance of lignin carbon nanofibre for structural and functional applications." (November 2017)
- Dr. Benjamin Rutter Lawrence
"Dr. Lawrence developed a method for creating amorphous iron-carbon films for use in the strengthening of steel sheet and investigated the crystallization of these films. His work provides new insights into the crystallization of amorphous iron-carbon, specifically how this process is affected by carbon content and annealing temperature." (November 2017)
- Dr. Abhijit Arun Pandhari
"Dr. Pandhari developed a model to predict the formation of cracks in refractory materials, used as lining in metallurgical reactors. He also developed a novel experimental technique to test refractories on a laboratory scale. This technique could be used to avoid frequent shut-downs of the reactors, thus increasing the efficiency of manufacturing." (November 2017)
- Dr. James David Kay
"Dr. Kay's work has established a scientific understanding of how gasses flow during the production of composite materials. This understanding will help engineers to create processes that can produce high quality composite parts at reduced costs compared to current methods." (November 2017)