A Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering extends all of the advantages of a Master’s degree and opens doors to research and development opportunities in industry, government and academia. Ph.D. candidates develop independence, creativity and flexibility; and expand their skills in analysis, critical thinking, creative problem solving, data management, experimental methods and/or analytical models, resourcefulness, responsibility and perseverance. They also develop skills in critical analysis of others’ work, and the ability to present their work to a variety of audiences. All Ph.D. students are supervised by a faculty member from the department. The research areas of the faculty members include: biomechanics; manufacturing; mechanics and design; and thermofluids.
Areas of Research
- Biomechanics: mechanics of biological tissues and muscles; mechanics of the circulatory and respiratory system; experimental and numerical modeling techniques; and movement and skeletal biomechanics.
- Manufacturing: additive manufacturing; casting; computer aided manufacturing; electrical discharge machining; formability; grinding; machining of advanced materials; machining processes and systems; manufacturing automation; manufacturing processes and systems; metal forming; metallic and non-metallic coatings for advanced steels; process modelling and simulation; robotics; and steel research.
- Mechanics and Design: automotive applications; computer aided design; control systems; dynamics and vibrations; finite element analysis; flow induced vibrations and noise; hybrid vehicles including engine testing and fault detection; materials and microstructural engineering; mechatronics; metrology; microelectromechanical devices; product design; robotics; and theoretical mechanics.
- Thermo-fluid Sciences: aeroacoustics; combustion; computational fluid dynamics; flow control; fluid mechanics and turbulence; heat transfer; micro-fluidics and micro-fabrication; modeling in thermo-fluid systems; multi-phase flow; reactor thermal-hydraulics; and thermal processing of materials.
- 4 years
- Required Credential:
- The following are the minimum academic requirements for entry into graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or in a related discipline. Applicants from foreign institutions, must have a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related discipline. Admission is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants are accepted only if a faculty member is willing to supervise them.
- Program Type:
- Program Options:
- Full-Time, Part-Time
- Typical Entry:
- Typical Deadline:
- September Entry – February 28th
January Entry - By Supervisor Request Only
May Entry – By Supervisor Request Only