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 Climate Positive 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.

Students who complete the requirements of the Emphasis in Sustainable Energy will have their emphasis notated on their transcript.


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. MASc and PhD students are asked to contact emphasis@cpe.utoronto.ca.

All students are asked to register with Climate Positive Energy, by emailing emphasis@cpe.utoronto.ca at the beginning of their studies, to receive information about energy-related activities and opportunities on campus. CPE also administers a number of awards and scholarships for which students may be eligible.

Some courses may satisfy the requirements of multiple emphases. Students may double-count a maximum of one course towards the requirements of any two emphases.

Students cannot earn more than two emphases.

Core courses

APS1032H: 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

ECE1030H: Space Vector Theory and Control

ECE1055H: Dynamics of HVdc/ac Transmission Systems

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

ECE1059H: Special Topics in Energy Systems: Fundamentals of Power-Flow and Modeling in of Electric Power

ECE1085H: Power System Optimization

ECE1086H: Power Management for PV Systems

ECE1092H: Smart Grid Case Studies

ECE1094H: Mathematical Methods in Power Systems

ECE1476H: Solar Cells and LEDs

MIE516H: Combustion and Fuels *

MIE517H: Fuel Cell Systems *

MIE1128H: Materials for Clean Energy Technologies *

MIE1129H: Nuclear Engineering I *

MIE1130H: Nuclear Engineering II *

MIE1132H Heat Exchanger Design (added as of Fall 2023)

MIE1241H: Energy Management

MIE1715H: Life Cycle Engineering *

MIE1240H: Wind Power

MSE1023H: Special Topics in Materials Science II: Electrochemical Energy Storage – Materials & Systems *

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

MSE1058HS: Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems *

[*] 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.