Ph.D. On Campus

Chemical Engineering

University of Waterloo

48 months
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The University of Waterloo offers a phd in Chemical Engineering.


We believe that a chemical engineering degree from the University of Waterloo provides an excellent starting point to launch a variety of rewarding careers. Chemical engineers are at the forefront of technology and their role in modern society is becoming increasingly important. We design, implement and supervise industrial processes where matter undergoes change.

This could be in the pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, food or plastics industries for example - anywhere a transformation of matter occurs. Chemical Engineering graduates of University of Waterloo also play a major role in the emerging field of nanotechnology, with applications in the development of new materials and devices.

Key facts:

They develop new processes to prevent pollutants from being released into our environment or to remove them after they are already there. They decrease our energy use by increasing the efficiency in fossil fuel refining plants, or by experimenting with new forms of energy generation and storage.

Increasingly chemical engineers are becoming involved in the control, manipulation and production of biological systems as well; which have many important applications in the area of health care and food production.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario, University of Waterloo (UW) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Waterloo (UW) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UW also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

Programme Structure

Graduate research fields
  • Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Interfacial Phenomena
  • Colloids and Porous Media
  • Green Reaction Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Process Systems Engineering
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Separation Processes

Courses include: 

  • Theory and Application of Transport Phenomena
  •  Interfacial Phenomena
  •  Applied Engineering Mathematics
  • Statistics in Engineering
  • Chemical Reactor Analysis
  •  Principles of Polymer Science
  •  Principles of Biochemical Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Résumé
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • Number of references:  3
  • Type of references:  at least 2 academic

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Waterloo

810 - 1447 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


At the University of Waterloo, we believe that excellence in graduate studies is supported through the availability of funding to our graduate students so they can devote their time and energy to the successful completion of their studies and research.

The University aims to establish funding resources to provide financial support to attract outstanding domestic and international graduate students, knowing that the availability of funding will help to alleviate the financial commitment.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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