Research Degrees

Reasons to do research at U of T Engineering

» Be part of Canada’s premier engineering school
U of T Engineering earns the country’s top spot each year in every major international ranking and competes with the best schools in the world.
» Work with and learn from the best in your field
U of T is home to some of the finest researchers, entrepreneurs and industry experts anywhere. Our faculty earn more than 20 per cent of major awards given to Canadian engineering professors.


» Tackle the world’s most important issues
From human health to global energy and sustainable technology, our researchers are creating solutions to critical problems. At hubs like the Centre for Global Engineering and BioZone, a collaborative environment fosters remarkable innovation and boundless possibility.
» Build your network while you hone your professional and leadership skills
You’ll collaborate with peers and professors from many different backgrounds and perspectives – an important experience as you build your career in a marketplace where companies are looking to expand, recruit and compete globally.

As a student in one of our research stream programs, you’ll work one-on-one with a leading researcher in your field. U of T’s unparalleled reputation and commitment to innovation ensure you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your passion, developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.


MASc and PhD students are eligible for funding packages in the form of fellowships, research and teaching assistantships. Beginning September, 2017, minimum funding packages will increase, as follows:

  • PhD students will receive a minimum of $17,000, plus tuition and fees.
  • MASC students will receive a minimum of $15,500, plus tuition and fees. In September, 2018, this amount will increase to $16,000, plus tuition and fees.

You can increase your funding by applying for additional awards through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), and the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) program.

Master of Applied Science | MASc

In this full-time, two-year program, you’ll complete a thesis supervised by a professor. A stepping stone to a doctoral degree, the MASc is ideal if you aspire to a rewarding career in research, whether in academia or industry. Exceptional students can fast-track to the PhD program before completing their MASc.

Master of Health Science | MHSc

Offered in conjunction with IBBME, this degree brings engineering and healthcare together. Read more about this program.

Doctor of Philosophy | PhD

Working alongside world-renowned researchers, you’ll gain incredible depth and experience in your chosen field while you gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career in a leadership role. The keystone of the doctoral program is a thesis of original work, supervised by a professor.

Flex-Time PhD

If you’re employed full-time and have a master’s degree in Engineering, you can take your career to the next level with our flex-time PhD, offered by several departments. Designed for highly motivated engineers in R&D roles, this specialty degree is a three-way partnership between the student, the employer and the supervising professor. It allows knowledge gathered in industry to be applied to the PhD, and vice versa.

Additional Specialties

The Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) program and Collaborative Program in Engineering Education (EngEd) program may be of interest if you are interested in exploring academic career options.

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering offers technical writing courses for research students interested in improving their scientific language writing skills.

Apply through one of seven departments:

Aerospace Studies

Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering