Graduate degree programs

Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) or Master of Science (M.Sc.)

We have two research-based Masters programs which admit students to study with us. These combine state-of-the-art research within one of our Research Teams and taking courses at UBC. To complete these degrees, you must complete 18 credits of coursework, at least 12 of which must be at the graduate level, and a research thesis. These degrees should normally take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Admission to these programs typically requires you to identify a suitable supervisor for your thesis-based research project, together with the eligibility requirements (see below for more details).

Students are typically encouraged to apply for the Masters of Applied Science (MASc), which is especially appropriate for students with a BASc in Engineering, or equivalent. The Masters of Science (MSc) is especially appropriate for students with a BSc in Science, or equivalent. Please see the eligibility requirements below.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Students can also train with use and undertake study as part of our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. This is a thesis-based research program where you will be working directly with one (or more) of our research teams. The PhD is a longer program, normally take 36 to 48 months to complete, and we typically admit students who have already completed their Masters degree (or are in the process of completing it prior to starting the PhD). The PhD journey includes milestones and assessments which are there to support your training, and these includes a comprehensive exam and proposal defense. If appropriate, students may elect to audit courses or be asked to take courses for credit based upon their prior background and the nature of the intended research project. A student’s selection of courses will be made in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee.

Admission to this program typically requires you to identify a suitable supervisor for your thesis-based research project, together with the eligibility requirements (see below for more details).

Master of Engineering Leadership in Advanced Materials Manufacturing

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) is a professional program focused on Advanced Materials Manufacturing (AMM) for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in APPLIED SCIENCE and/or ENGINEERING as well as industrial experience in the manufacturing sector. The AMM MEL requires students take 18 credits of advanced course work related to materials manufacturing and 12 credits of course work related to professional leadership development over 12 months. The MEL Program runs from January-December exclusively. You must apply directly to the Master of Engineering Leadership Advanced Materials Manufacturing.

Advanced Materials Manufacturing


The department offers opportunities for study in the fields of biomaterials; additive manufacturing, casting and solidification of metals; ceramic processes and properties; corrosion and electrochemistry; composite material processing and properties; hydrometallurgy and electrorefining; materials characterization; physical metallurgy; and thermomechanical processing and environmental processing.

Please consult the Faculty Directory to search for Research Professors and their specific research interests.

Applications and additional information

Students are encouraged to apply online for admission as a graduate student in Materials Engineering. Applicants must have a valid Visa or MasterCard credit card in order to apply online. For general information on the graduate program at UBC, please review the Graduate Studies website. For more information on our program please contact the Graduate Office Team. For funding opportunities, please visit Awards and funding.