School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Mechanical & Materials Engineering



"My Master’s research project has involved collaboration with a surgeon in Sweden, researchers at the U of Queensland, Australia and NRC in Ottawa. This may sound extraordinary, but it is in fact closer to the norm for our Department.”

Melanie Thompson, M.Sc. candidate

Program Contact

Jane C. Davies
Graduate Assistant
Mechanical & Materials Engineering
McLaughlin Hall
Queen's University Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6928


Program Overview

Mechanical and Materials Engineering department at Queen’s provides diverse opportunities in fundamental and applied research in all areas of mechanical and materials engineering. We are organized into four main areas of academic study and research. These are:

  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Energy and Fluid Systems
  • Manufacturing and Dynamic Systems
  • Materials Engineering

The Department is also part of a joint M.Eng. program in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) with the universities of Waterloo, UWO and McMaster and the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI) with the universities of McMaster, Toronto, and UWO.



Students have many opportunities for multi-disciplinary, collaborative research with faculty in other departments, other facilities and other universities and in projects throughout the community.

Cross disciplinary aspects include:

  • Fuel Cell Research Centre
  • Human Mobility Research Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
  • Computational Science & Engineering collaboration.

Travel opportunities for fieldwork across Canada and abroad are wide ranging.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Research Scientist - simulation engineer
  • Academia
  • Government - eg defense scientist
  • Industry - design engineer
  • Consulting - sustainable energy


Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Eng.: 1 year

M.A.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.Eng.: 1 year

M.A.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Fields of study and Supervisors

Read through the Research by Faculty section of our website to identify potential areas of interest and supervisors.

It is recommended to make direct contact with potential supervisors to discuss specific projects before making a formal application. (See

Research Specialty Areas:

  • Biomechanical: Knee Mechanics, Orthotic Devices, Spine Mechanics, Tissue Engineering, Orthopaedic Implants, Human Motion Analysis, Ergonomics
  • Energy and Fluid Systems: Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, Solar Energy, Heat Transfer, Fuel Cells, CFD, Gas Turbines, Alternative Energy, Applied Sustainability
  • Manufacturing and Dynamic Systems: Vehicle Dynamics, Robotics, Metal Forming, Systems Design, MEMS, Noise  and Vibration, Kinematics, Automatic Controls
  • Materials Engineering: Steel Metallurgy, Electron Scattering Techniques, Metal Forming, Ceramics, Composites, Nuclear Materials, Materials Failure, Corrosion
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Basic Funding Package (teaching assistantship and internal fellowships, bursaries).

M.A.Sc.: minimum $16,500 per year

Ph.D.: minimum $18,000 per year

M.Eng.: coursework students are not funded *

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Applicants without scholarships are unlikely to be offered a position without exceptional academic credentials. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters) or $10,000 (PhD) award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites

M.A. Sc. and M.Eng: An honours Bachelors degree in Applied Science or Engineering with a B (73-76.9% or GPA 3.0)

Ph.D.: Master’s degree in Applied Science or Engineering

Test Requirements

If required a TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. OR IELTS minimum score of 7.0

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: There is no hard deadline; however we encourage you to apply before March 1st to improve your odds of qualifying for internal awards.

Notification of Acceptance: End of March to July for September admissions.

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MASc (202 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - M.Eng (198 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (203 KB)

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website


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