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Nuclear Engineering (Doctoral program)

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Faculty Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September, January or May
Length Approximately 48 months, based on full-time study
Program load Full-time
Program format Courses with PhD research thesis
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The main objective of this doctoral program is to prepare graduates for a career in research and/or teaching in academia or industry; leadership positions that require problem solving skills with highly specialized knowledge often in interdisciplinary fields; or positions involving management of finances, projects and people.

General information

The main objective of the PhD program in Nuclear Engineering is to prepare graduates for a career that includes research and/or teaching in academia or industry, as well as for leadership positions that require problem solving skills with highly specialized knowledge, often in interdisciplinary fields, and the management of finances, projects and people. Graduates of the program will be able to work in research labs in both industry and government or as academics in universities. 

PhD students will obtain their degree through a combination of advanced course work, independent research, research seminars, mandatory workshops, research publication and a research dissertation.



  •  Nuclear Power and Energy Applications
  •  Radiological and Health Physics

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a Master of Applied Science (MASc) level degree in engineering from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • A minimum B+ average (GPA: 3.3 on a 4.3 scale or 77 to 79 per cent).
Required supporting documents:

See the checklist of required documents for a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your application.

Important note: The Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science does not accept potential supervisors as referees for graduate studies applications. Please visit the letters of recommendation page for further details.

Additional requirements:

Prior to being accepted into the program, PhD applicants must be accepted by a professor who specializes in the applicant’s desired area of research and is willing to act as a supervisor.

Required test scores for English language proficiency:

See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.

Application deadlines

Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.

How to apply

Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.

Many of our graduate programs are extremely competitive; the number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available for each intake. Satisfaction of minimum entry requirements does not ensure admission.


Sample research areas:
  • Energy and material flows for sustainable cities
  • Energy systems analysis
  • Health physics, threat detection and security
  • Instrumentation and control, safety systems
  • Microgrids and energy management
  • Nuclear and energy data analytics, modeling and simulations
  • Nuclear fuel cycle, materials, waste and plant chemistry
  • Nuclear power systems
  • Nuclear reactor instrumentation, control and simulation
  • Nuclear reactor materials and corrosion
  • Nuclear reactor physics
  • Nuclear reactor safety
  • Nuclear reactor systems
  • Nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and heat transfer
  • PRA/PSA, risk management, nuclear security
  • Radiation protection and measurement
  • Radioactive waste management

Learn more about the research areas within this program and find research experts by visiting the faculty’s website and the university's Expert Centre.

Program curriculum

For program requirements, including required number of credits for completion, program maps and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.


Internal awards and funding

Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.

Types of funding that do not require an application:

  • Entrance scholarships
  • Minimum funding packages
  • Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships

For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.

Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.

External awards and funding

Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.


Tuition fees for graduate programs are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.


For more information:

Visit the program website

Contact the program:

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
905.721.8668 ext. 5503

Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209 

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