Emphasis in Sustainable Energy


Issues of energy production and consumption, and the associated environmental impacts, top many lists of global challenges for the 21st century. Engineering leadership is key to the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies to address these challenges.

The Emphasis in Sustainable Energy is sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Energy, and was developed to expose engineering graduate students to a variety of energy issues and technologies. MEng, MASc and PhD students who complete the Emphasis as part of their programs will develop a better understanding of the limitations, challenges, and opportunities that face contemporary energy systems, touching on both established and emerging technologies and their points of intersection.

The Emphasis in Sustainable Energy is available to MEng, MASc and PhD students in any of six departments in the Faculty (Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Computer, Mechanical & Industrial, and Materials Science). The Emphasis offers MEng students the opportunity to specialize in sustainable energy, by defining a curricular path that can be completed within the requirements of the MEng program. For MASc and PhD students, the Emphasis will broaden their perspective on sustainable energy beyond that of their thesis topic.


MEng students can earn an Emphasis in Sustainable Energy by completing four courses from either of the following lists, including at least one core course.

MASc and PhD students can earn an Emphasis in Sustainable Energy by completing at least three courses from either of the following lists, and must complete a thesis towards their degree on a topic related to sustainable energy. Topics must be approved by the steering committee of the Institute of Sustainable Energy. MASc and PhD students are asked to contact Kristian Galberg (kristian@mie.utoronto.ca).

All students are encouraged to register with the Institute for Sustainable Energy at the beginning of their studies, to receive information about energy-related activities and opportunities on campus. ISE also administers a number of awards and scholarships for which students may be eligible.

Students who complete the requirements of the Emphasis will be provided a certificate of completion at the end of their studies. The certificate may be claimed by contacting Kristian Galberg (kristian@mie.utoronto.ca).

Some courses may satisfy the requirements of multiple certificates (also called “emphases”). Students may double-count a maximum of one course towards the requirements of any two certificates.

Core courses

APS1132H: Introduction to Energy Project Management*

MIE515H: Alternative Energy Systems *

MIE1120H: Current Energy Infrastructure and Resources *

Elective courses

AER507H: Introduction to Fusion Energy *

AER1304H: Fundamentals of Combustion *

AER1315H: Sustainable Aviation

AER1415H: Optimization Concepts and Applications

CHE568H: Nuclear Engineering *

CHE1053H: Electrochemistry *

CHE1118H: Industrial Catalysis

CHE1123H: Liquid Biofuels *

CHE1142H: Applied Chemical Thermodynamics *

CHE1143H: Transport Phenomena *

CIV575H: Studies in Building Science

CIV576H: Sustainable Buildings *

CIV577H: Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities *

CIV1303H: Water Resources Systems Modelling *

CIV1307H: Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability of Engineering Activities *

ECE533H: Power Electronics

ECE1055H: Dynamics of HVdc/ac Transmission Systems

ECE1057H: Static Power Converters I – Principles of Operation and Applications

ECE1085H: Power System Optimization

ECE1086H: Power Management for PV Systems

ECE1094H: Mathematical Methods in Power Systems

MIE516H: Combustion and Fuels *

MIE517H: Fuel Cell Systems *

MIE1128H: Materials for Clean Energy Technologies *

MIE1129H: Nuclear Engineering I *

MIE1130H: Nuclear Engineering II *

MIE1715H: Life Cycle Engineering *

MSE558H: Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems *

MSE1022H: Special Topics in Materials Science I: Electrochemical Energy Storage – Materials & Systems *

MSE1028H: Advanced Materials Science: Thin-Film Materials & Processing

[*] indicates a course that is likely accessible to students of different engineering backgrounds. Courses without the [*] may be open to students from outside the department offering the course, but are more discipline-specific.