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PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

8270.58 USD
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Applied Science
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical and Computer Engineering Program is for students interested in pursuing advanced studies and research in Biomedical Technologies, Communications Systems, Computer and Software Systems, Energy Systems, or Micro and Nano Technologies. Electrical and Computer Engineers develop computing systems, from chip architecture to mobile applications, to communications protocols as well as the energy systems to allow these devices and all other electrical systems to function. The discipline has a huge impact on society because it helps to design the systems we use in everything from health to finance to safety.

In this program students can choose to contribute to research on technologies very close to or already in the market or technologies that are in the early stages of research such as quantum computing or carbon nanotubes.

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Eligibility Criteria

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.A.Sc. degree in electrical or computer engineering or a related area, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the M.A.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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Course Modules

The program includes a dissertation and 24 credits of approved courses. For those holding a master's degree or transferring from a master's program, appropriate credit will be given for courses completed.

Additional coursework may be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive examination successfully. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

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How to Apply

Curriculum Vitae
Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc. 

University transcripts
The Graduate Program requires that applicants scan and upload copies of all university transcripts and proof of degree conferral, please include the marking guide from the corresponding university.  If the transcripts are not in English, then you must provide an official English language translation.  For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts.

English Language Proficiency Test Results

Applicants with undergraduate training at a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. 

Letters of reference
The Graduate Program requires three letters of reference, at least one of which (and preferably two) should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.  PhD applicants are required to include a letter of reference from their LLM supervisor as one of their referees.

Please forward your dissertation proposal to your referees and ask that they comment on the quality of the proposal and your preparation for undertaking the proposed project.

If you are submitting an on-line application, you must supply the email addresses for each of your referees, the on-line application system will send your referees a unique email which will give them several options for submitting their letters of reference.  

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