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Graduate Studies Calendar 2020-2021 Program Descriptions Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum ENCH
Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum - ENCH
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Location: Schulich School of Engineering, Room B212
Program number: 403.220.4802
Fax number: 403.284.4852
Email address: chemandpetenggrad@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: schulich.ucalgary.ca/chemical-petroleum

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc), thesis-based
Master of Engineering (MEng), thesis-based and course-based

For registration status of thesis-based graduate students, see “Engineering Programs”.

Specializations:

The following specializations are offered only to course-based MEng degrees:

*The Department is currently not accepting applications for these specializations.

2. Admission Requirements

See Engineering Programs.

4. Advanced Credit

See "Engineering Programs".

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of Engineering Programs, the Department requires:

Thesis-Based Programs

a) All Master of Science and doctoral students are required to complete Engineering 601 and 603 in the first year of their degree program.

b) Students must either present one research seminar at the annual Graduate Student Conference in the Winter Term or give an oral presentation at a science/engineering conference.

c) Students must also complete core course requirements for their specialization as described below.

Core courses:

Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Biomedical Engineering specializations

All Master of Science students must complete at least two of the core courses of their specialization. All doctoral students must have completed at least four of the core courses of their specialization before proceeding to the candidacy examination. Doctoral students in the Chemical Engineering specialization can substitute one core course for a core course in the Petroleum Engineering specialization. Doctoral students in the Petroleum Engineering specialization can substitute one core course for a core course in the Chemical Engineering specialization.

Environmental Engineering and Energy and Environment specializations

All Master of Science students must complete at least one of the core courses in their specialization. All doctoral students must have completed at least two of the core courses in their specialization before proceeding to the candidacy examination. Requirements for these specializations are listed under the corresponding sections.

Energy and Environmental Systems specialization

All Master of Science students must complete at least one of the core chemical engineering courses. All doctoral students must have completed at least two of the core chemical engineering courses before proceeding to the candidacy examination.

Master of Engineering (Course-Based)

All specializations except for Petroleum Engineering

At least 18 units at the graduate level must be from the declared area of specialization.

Petroleum Engineering specialization

Students must complete 30 units of coursework as follows:

a) 12 units of Core Engineering Courses:

  1. Engineering 681
  2. Engineering 682
  3. Engineering 683 
  4. Engineering 684 

b) 18 units of Petroleum Engineering Specialization Courses from the list below.
At least one of Petroleum Engineering 625 or 627 must be included in the 18 units. Any variations in required courses will be with the approval of the Department.

ENPE courses attempted but failed (with a grade of "D+" or higher) may each be challenged once through an examination. Courses with a grade of "D" and "F" must be successfully repeated with a grade of at least a "B-" for each course. If a student passes a challenge examination, a "B-" grade will be recorded on the student's transcript. If a student fails the challenge examination, the original grade will stand, and the student will be required to repeat the course. Enrolling in a course but withdrawing before completion is not an attempt that qualifies for a challenge. Challenge examinations are available only for the ENPE courses, and there is a limit of two challenge examinations for a student's program.

Any course deficiency must be cleared at the next available opportunity. In the case that a student is unable to register for a course or withdraws from a course for valid reasons, the student may be able to substitute a similar course from the courses approved for the graduate thesis-based program with the approval of the Department.

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Not applicable.

7. Time Limit

Master of Engineering (course-based) students in the Petroleum Engineering Specialization are normally expected to enroll in full-time studies and to complete the Master of Engineering (course-based) with a specialization in Petroleum Engineering in 8, 10 or 12 months, based on a schedule appropriate to their background and needs as assessed by the Department. 

For other degrees, see "Engineering Programs".

8. Supervisory Assignments

All students are required to have a supervisor before the second annual registration. For students in the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs, a supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.

9. Required Examinations

All final thesis oral examinations involve a public seminar/presentation before the oral examination. See Engineering Programs for more information about the examination.

For candidacy requirements, see the website of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering program.

10. Research Proposal Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy
See the website of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering program for more information.

11. Financial Assistance

See Engineering Programs.

12. Other Information

See Engineering Programs.