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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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PhD in Nuclear Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nuclear Engineering program comprises the following two fields:

  • Nuclear Power and Energy Applications
  • Radiological and Health Physics

The main objective of the PhD program is to prepare graduates for a career that includes research and/or teaching in academia or industry; leadership positions that require problem solving skills with highly specialized knowledge, often in interdisciplinary fields; and the management of finances, projects and people. Graduates of the program are expected to be able to conduct independent research. Graduates of the program will be able to work in research labs in both industry and government or as academics in universities.

  • Admissions

    Admission requirements

    • Completion of a Master of Applied Science (MASc) level degree in engineering from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
    • A minimum B+ average (GPA: 3.3 on a 4.3 scale or 77 to 79 per cent).
    Required supporting documents:

    See the checklist of required documents for a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your application.

    Important note: The Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science does not accept potential supervisors as referees for graduate studies applications. Please visit the letters of recommendation page for further details.

    Additional requirements:

    Prior to being accepted into the program, PhD applicants must be accepted by a professor who specializes in the applicant’s desired area of research and is willing to act as a supervisor.

    Required test scores for English language proficiency:

    See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.

    Application deadlines

    Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.

    How to apply

    Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.

    Many of our graduate programs are extremely competitive; the number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available for each intake. Satisfaction of minimum entry requirements does not ensure admission.

  • Research
    Sample research areas:
    • Energy and material flows for sustainable cities
    • Energy systems analysis
    • Health physics, threat detection and security
    • Instrumentation and control, safety systems
    • Microgrids and energy management
    • Nuclear and energy data analytics, modeling and simulations
    • Nuclear fuel cycle, materials, waste and plant chemistry
    • Nuclear power systems
    • Nuclear reactor instrumentation, control and simulation
    • Nuclear reactor materials and corrosion
    • Nuclear reactor physics
    • Nuclear reactor safety
    • Nuclear reactor systems
    • Nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and heat transfer
    • PRA/PSA, risk management, nuclear security
    • Radiation protection and measurement
    • Radioactive waste management

    Learn more about the research areas within this program and find research experts by visiting the faculty’s website and the university's Expert Centre.

  • Curriculum

    You will obtain their degree through a combination of:

    • advanced course work;
    • independent research;
    • mandatory workshops;
    • a research dissertation;
    • research publication; and
    • research seminars. 

    For program requirements, including required number of credits for completion, program maps and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.

  • Funding
    Internal awards and funding

    Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.

    Types of funding that do not require an application:

    • Entrance scholarships
    • Minimum funding packages
    • Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships

    For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.

    Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.

    External awards and funding

    Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.

  • Fees

    Tuition fees for graduate programs are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

    For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.