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    • Price Faculty of Engineering
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • PhD in Mechanical Engineering

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    Expected duration

    • 4+ years

Program details

Expected duration: 4 years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The PhD in Mechanical Engineering consists of coursework and a substantial research component. A minimum of 12 credit hours at the 7000- level or higher is required, and students must present, submit and defend a comprehensive thesis that constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the field of study.

Research areas

Fluid Mechanics

Active research in this area is performed in turbulence, computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flow with droplets and engineering calculations of fluid flow. Droplets vaporization and burning under turbulent atmospheric as well as high-pressure and temperature flow conditions, premixed and non-premixed swirling and non-swirling turbulent flames, liquid jet break-up and automizaton turbulent measurement and modelling, underwater kinetic turbines.

Thermal Sciences

Concerned with the application of heat and work to engineering problems. Active research is performed in two phase flow, pool boiling simulation, enhanced heat transfer, solid-liquid phase change, entropy analysis/optimization, combined heat transfer and heat transfer in porous media, acoustic wave propagation and supercritical flow stability, ocean hydrothermal energy and minerals research, super-critical properties of ocean hydrothermal fluids, runout table cooling in the steel processing industries.

Material Science and Engineering

Concerned with the behaviour of engineering materials. Active research is focused on deformation studies, joining of aerospace materials, acoustic emission, solidification and diffusion in microgravity, phase transformation in solids, wear and wear protection, processing of polymer composites, durability and interfaces in polymer composites.

Applied Mechanics and Design

Concerned with the analysis and conception of machine and structural components. Active research is performed in biomechanics, solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, fatigue analysis, experimental stress analysis, vibrations and acoustics, kinematics and dynamics of linkage and mechanisms and computer aided design.

Manufacturing and Production

Concerned with analysis, design and operation of automated and feedback control systems. Active research is conducted in robotics, sensor technology, system integration, automatic controls, information systems, human-machine control systems, fluid power systems, teleoperation, virtual design and manufacturing, web-based manufacturing systems. Planning, design and operation of production using queuing theory, networks, scheduling, facilities planning and inventory planning models are also other areas of research.

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the PhD in Mechanical Engineering program, you must normally have completed a master's-level degree in Engineering.

Master’s students making exceptional progress while enrolled in their program may be transferred to the PhD program upon the consent of the department head based on recommendations from the student’s advisor and an appointed selection committee who investigate the student’s qualifications and suitability for PhD study.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The mechanical engineering PhD program accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer admission. Applications are submitted online and must include the following before they will be reviewed by the admissions committee:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Uploaded copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

To find an advisor, explore the department of mechanical engineering's faculty and staff page and contact a faculty member whose research interests align with your own. Please note that your proposed advisor must hold a PhD or equivalent and be a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (typically includes academic staff holding a rank of assistant professor or above).

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2021 May 1, 2021 Apply for Fall 2021 (Canada/US)
Winter 2022 September 1, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (Canada/US)
Summer 2022 January 15, 2022 Apply for Summer 2022 (Canada/US)
Fall 2022 May 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (Canada/US)

International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Winter 2022 June 1, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (International)
Summer 2022 October 1, 2021 Apply for Summer 2022 (International)
Fall 2022 February 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Price Faculty of Engineering
Room E2-290 Engineering & Information Technology Complex
15 Gillson St.
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6
Phone: 204-474-9809
Fax: 204-275-3773