The Department has opened applications to its course based Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program. The Master of Engineering is a course-based program designed for engineers wishing to upgrade their training. During this 12-16 month program, students take a prescribed set of courses.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Engineering
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Program Components: Coursework
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science

Course Requirements

The MEng is not a research degree and is intended primarily for candidates who have work experience in addition to a bachelor's degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. The degree requires 30 credits of advanced coursework, which are divided as follows:

  • 12 credits of CHBE 500 level fundamental courses.
  • Additional 6 credits of CHBE 500 level courses OR MEng report.
  • The remaining 12 credits may be chosen from CHBE or non-CHBE (Engineering & Science) courses. For the non-CHBE courses, 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level will be permitted.
  • CHBE courses include IWME, GBPR and CEEN courses.

Full candidates, with Bachelor’s degrees from other engineering or science programs, and provisional candidates may be asked to take additional courses. See section for MASc students with Bachelor’s degrees from other engineering or science programs.

Engineering Report - Faculty Advisor

MEng candidates are expected to review the areas of research of individual professors in the department. The candidate should approach potential project supervisors for consultation about the MEng project. Once a mutual agreement has been reached between the candidate and the potential supervisor, a memo from the potential supervisor is to be sent to the MEng Advisor for approval and to the Graduate Office for record keeping. The supervisor will assist the candidate in the selection of a suitable topic and/or courses will provide guidance on the project work and report writing.

Engineering Report and Examination

The report is an essay of at least 3000 words on a technical topic selected by the Candidate in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. Engineering Reports are typically based on reasonably comprehensive literature searches, engineering design calculations/computations, short experimental/ theoretical projects arising out of MASc or Ph.D. theses, and so on.

For examining the Engineering Report, the Candidate’s Report Supervisor shall arrange for a faculty member from within the Department to be another examiner. It is the Candidate's responsibility to ensure that both members of the examining committee receive a copy of the Report at least 7 calendar days prior to the date of the examination.

The examination will normally be chaired by the Candidate's advisor. It will begin with a brief oral presentation of about 15 - 20 minutes summarizing the highlights of the Report. After the presentation, the Candidate should be prepared to answer questions on any subject related directly or indirectly to the contents of the Report. Based on their assessment of the written Report and the Candidate's comprehension of the subject matter, the examination committee will decide on one of the following outcomes:

  1. The Candidate passes the examination subject to minor revisions of the Report which should be reviewed by the Faculty Advisor.
  2. The Candidate passes the examination subject to major revisions of the Report. These require the approval of the Candidate's Report Supervisor and the other examiner.
  3. The examination is adjourned with the requirement that the Candidate be re-examined on the same material at a later date. The conditions for re-examination may include significant revisions of the Report and/or better preparation by the Candidate.
  4. The Candidate fails the examination and, consequently, the MEng program.

Upon successful completion of the Engineering Report Examination, the Candidate must submit a copy of the revised report to the Graduate Office. The Candidate's MEng Report Supervisor should immediately inform the Graduate Office that this requirement of the MEng program has been successfully completed. Assuming that the student has met all of the other requirements of the program, the Dean will, on the approval of the Faculty of Applied Science, recommend to the UBC Senate that the Candidate be awarded the degree of MEng in Chemical Engineering. Submission deadlines for the May and November Convocations are listed in the Academic Year section of the Calendar. Note that, before leaving the University, all successful or unsuccessful MEng students must obtain a clearance form and have it signed by appropriate members of the Department faculty or staff.

Cooperative Education

Co-op options available. Approximately 4-8 month terms (Credits not applicable to master's requirements).


English Language Requirements

An applicant whose degree was conferred at a university outside Canada, unless given an exemption (e.g. United States, United Kingdom, Australia and other identified countries), must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of the application. An official confirmation of the test scores is required for the application.

Accepted tests are TOEFL, IELTS and MELAB, check each area website for required minimums. For TOEFL, use the University of British Columbia's institution code 0965; and the appropriate department codes: for example, Chemical & Biological 64.

Conditional Language Admission

Applicants to the MEng specializations must meet the minimum required by the area. Conditional admission for language proficiency is not offered.

Eligibility for financial assistance

Students at the Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program may apply for Teaching Assistantships.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 11, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
12 - 16 
5,953 CAD
$5,953.17 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $19,468.14 Tuition per year for International students
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