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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering at University of Victoria is known for its innovative research and excellent academic programs.

In mechanical engineering, you’ll work on cutting edge technology and systems. As a mechanical engineer, you'll use your problem-solving and teamwork skills to work on real-world problems. You will see the results of your efforts and have a chance to make an impact on society. 

Degree programs offered

Our MEng program will prepare you for advanced professional work in industrial settings. This program will strengthen and extend your engineering knowledge. You'll carry these skills with you into a career in mechanical engineering. This is a project-based program that includes coursework and a graduate seminar.

Our MASc program is a unique opportunity for advanced research and design in a field of mechanical engineering. You’ll customize your research and course load to match your area of study. This degree’s primary component is a written thesis, supplemented by coursework. Your thesis will report the results of your independent pursuits into mechanical engineering.

In our PhD program, you’ll advance the field of mechanical engineering through your research. Your independent, original study will combine with coursework to enrich your research. Your dissertation will showcase your work. All our PhD graduates have positions either in academic institutions, research laboratories or industry.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MEng, MASc 2 years Yes No
PhD 3 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Advanced materials
  • Aeronautics and aerospace
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Computational and continuum mechanics
  • Computational design and computer aided engineering
  • Alternate energy technologies and systems
  • Industrial sensing and optics
  • Mechatronics and controls
  • Micro-electromechanical systems
  • Ocean engineering and ocean energy
  • Robotics and mechanisms

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Mechanical Engineering. We always recommend communication with potential supervisors before application. An applicant who meets the minimum requirements must still find a supervisor willing to sponsor them before they can be formally admitted.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time. You can choose to enter the program in September, January or May.

Based on typical processing times for documents and visa, we encourage these dates:

  • January entry point: October 1 (of the previous year)
  • May entry point: February 1
  • September entry point: June 1

International students should get their paperwork in order as soon as possible. Processing times are often lengthy and can delay your program entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-8921.

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