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Automotive Engineering, MEng

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General information

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Automotive Engineering provides students with a detailed understanding of advanced technologies and processes related to automotive systems. This program allows students to study all of the main areas associated with automotive systems. These areas include scientific principles, analysis techniques and design methodologies. The program is also designed to provide students with the broad and advanced education necessary for productive careers in the public or private sectors, as well as in academia. Students develop skills necessary for clear communication and responsible teamwork and to inspire professional attitudes and ethics. This prepares them for modern work environments and lifelong learning.

Students with undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or other fields of engineering or science may apply to the Automotive Engineering graduate programs. The multidisciplinary nature of automotive systems, ranging from manufacturing and powertrains to electrical power/control systems and others, provides opportunities for students to gain broad exposure to various disciplines at an advanced graduate level.

Admission requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate studies , applicants must meet the following program-specific requirements:

  • Completion of an undergraduate engineering degree in a relevant field from an accredited engineering program at a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Overall academic standing of at least a B (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale), with a minimum B in the last two full-time years (four semesters) of undergraduate work or equivalent.

Applicants must possess maturity and self-motivation. MEng program has an MEng-Course option and an MEng-Project option. All successful applicants are initially admitted to the MEng-Course option for the first term of their studies. To be considered for the MEng-Project option, the students must find a graduate faculty member who is willing to act as a project supervisor after the first term of their studies.

A current list of graduate faculty is available on the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s website.

Part-time studies

To facilitate access to all potential students, part-time studies are permitted. Engineers in local industries and government agencies, for example, may wish to access the MEng through part-time studies.

Degree requirements

The main objective of the MEng program in Automotive Engineering is to provide the opportunity for engineers in industry to upgrade and expand their skills. Graduates of the program will be able to apply their education to various advanced technologies and processes in the automotive sector and other industries. Depending on which option the student selects, the objective of the MEng program can be achieved through either a combination of course work and a project or solely course work. MEng students have exposure to research through projects included in most of the graduate courses.

For the course-based option, students must complete 10 courses worth a total of 30 credits.

Five core couses are required to be taken by all students in the MEng program.  These courses are expected to be taken first before other graduate courses:


The core area of automotive systems (ENGR 53xxG) focuses on courses specifically aimed at engineering systems for automobiles rather than general applications to other mechanical, electrical and non-automotive systems. It is beneficial for students to take some of the remaining electives from the same concentration area; however, it is not required as it is also valuable for students to receive breadth of knowledge at the graduate level.

Undergraduate courses

MEng-Course students may take one senior year undergraduate course from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in lieu of one graduate-level course, provided they have not taken similar courses during their undergraduate degree and the course is approved by the graduate program director.

Courses outside of the program

Students may take up to two courses in other graduate programs at the university, provided that students have not taken similar courses during their undergraduate or master’s degrees, and the courses are approved by the graduate program director. Students who wish to take courses outside of their program must gain approval from the graduate program director. Students who are uncertain about the academic background needed for a graduate course should consult the course instructor before registering for the course.

MEng (project-based option):

For the project-based option, students must complete 8 courses worth a total of  24 credits and a project worth 6 credits (ENGR 5002G - MEng/MEngM Project).

Course listing

Courses are subdivided into an automotive core area (ENGR 53xxG) and specific concentration areas of energy and thermofluids (ENGR 51xxG), mechatronics and manufacturing (ENGR 52xxG), communications and signal processing (ENGR 56xxG), software (ENGR 57xxG) and electronics and control systems (ENGR 58xxG, ENGR 59xxG).

The following list shows all courses relevant to the Automotive Engineering graduate programs:

Concentration area - Software

Concentration area - Electronics and control systems

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