School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Chemical Engineering

Collage of chemical engineering



"I enjoyed the interaction between the students and faculty and our industrial partners. It was like a built-in work experience while you’re in school. Apart from the fact that I’ve been learning a real-life system and have real data to work with, I’ve also had real world experience that I can add to my résumé.

Adegboyega Babasola, M.Sc., 2009

Program Contact

Ms Laurie Phillips
Graduate Assistant
Department of Chemical Engineering
Dupuis Hall, Room 201
19 Division Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000, ext 74830


Program Overview

The Chemical Engineering Department has links to a number of multi-disciplinary centres at Queen’s, including: the Human Mobility Research Centre, Green Centre Canada, Innovation Park, the Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER), and the Queen’s Innovation Connector.  The Department also houses the Polymers Research Group (PRG), with strengths in polymer reaction engineering, processing and rheology.



Our department is big enough to ensure breadth of research activities while fostering a cohesive learning environment. We offer opportunities to collaborate with scientists in the Human Mobility Research Centre and Computational Science and Engineering, as well as with co-supervising faculty in other departments. Several students from our department have visited international research laboratories including those in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Career paths – employment opportunities

In addition to academic and industrial research careers, our graduates find employment in the public sector, the private sector, consulting, sales, and marketing, and in industry including finance, petroleum, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Eng.: (course based Masters) 1 year

M.A.Sc.: 1.5-2 years

Ph.D.: 3-4 years

Method of Completion

Master’s: course work, seminar and thesis

Ph.D.: course work , two seminars, comprehensive exam and thesis

Fields of study and Supervisors

We suggest that you review the specific research projects currently being investigated by faculty members to identify a potential supervisor. Please note, however, that contacting a faculty member does not guarantee acceptance and you will need to submit your full application in order to be considered.

Biochemical Engineering - Biological conversion of biological feedstocks to energy, materials and useful ends (e.g., degradation of pollutants).
Researchers: Andrew Daugulis, Ron Neufeld, Juliana Ramsay, Bruce Ramsay and Pascale Champagne.

Environmental Engineering - Biological conversion of pollutants to benign products.
Researchers: Juliana Ramsay, Bruce Ramsay and Andrew Daugulis .

Macro-molecular Processes and Products - Polymer reaction engineering including biological macromolecules.
Researchers: Brian Amsden, Michael Cunningham (ORC), Jeffrey Giacomin (CRC Tier 1), Robin Hutchinson, Marianna Kontopoulou, Kim McAuley, Scott Parent, Ron Neufeld and Kim Woodhouse

Biomedical Engineering -  Tissue engineering.
Researchers: Brian Amsden, Lindsey Fitzpatrick, Lauren Flynn (Western University), Ron Neufeld, Laura Wells and Kim Woodhouse

Process Systems Engineering - Process control, optimization and applied statistics.
Researchers: Martin Guay, Tom Harris, Xiang Li, Kim McAuley and Jim McLellan.

Fuel Cells - PEM and solid oxide fuel cells and alternative feeds to fuel cells.
Researchers:  Brant Peppley, Dominik Barz and Kunal Karan

Microfluidics & Biosensors: Electrokinetics - Microfluidics & Biosensors: Electrokinetics, pathogen and biomarker detection methods, Raman spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance, on-chip cell manipulation and analysis. 
Researchers: Dominik Barz, Aris Docoslis and Carlos Escobedo

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

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

M.Eng: No funding available

M.A.Sc: $25,000 minimum

Ph.D: $25,000 minimum

 We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters), $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites

Master’s: Upper Class standing in an undergraduate program (We accept candidates from programs other than engineering.)

Ph.D.: Completion of Master’s degree unless promoted

Grades required: B+, minimum of 77% in last year of study


Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (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. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: We have a constant intake so there is no set deadline for application.  If you are international, we recommend that you have completed your application at least 4 months ahead of your admission cycle.  

NB: we accept M.Eng. applicants for September admission only.



Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

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