Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Program Description

Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

The thesis-based Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc) in Mechanical Engineering is a traditional research-based degree. The program normally takes two years of full-time study and includes a total of thirty credits, research under the supervision of a faculty member and a thesis. The Master of Applied Science is the recommended course of study for students who may be interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D.

Students taking their M.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering can select one of four research areas: Design and Applied Mechanics, Mechatronics and Manufacturing, Thermofluids or Biomedical Engineering.*

*The Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers a full Biomedical Engineering (BMEG) program. Students in the BMEG program will achieve a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

What makes the program unique?

With eight Research Chairs and almost every research faculty member holding a least one NSERC grant, we have one of the most active research programs in Canada and consistently produce industry and academic leaders.

UBC is ranked in the World's Top 40 Universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education and our Mechanical Engineering professors are recognized nationally and inter­nationally as leaders in their fields.

We offer affordable, competitive tuition fees and extend a number of scholarships, awards, top-ups to external awards, entrance fellowships, Research Assistantships (RA's) and Teaching Assistantships (TA's) to our students.

Why UBC?


The department has one of the most active research programs in Canada. It is home to 9 Research Chairs and is a member of 12 Research Institutes and Centres. Our major research groups are in Biomedical Engineering, Design and Applied Mechanics, Mechatronics and Manufacturing, and Thermofluids.


We’re ranked in the World’s Top 40 Universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education, and our professors are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields.


UBC offers a number of scholarships and top-ups to external awards. The Mechanical Engineering Department is also committed to providing funding to every accepted M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. student in the form of Research Assistantships or Top-Ups. Teaching Assistantships may also be available. Top new students are eligible for a Gartshore Graduate Entrance Fellowship, a one-year Fellowship worth up to $21,000.


We offer research-based M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineer­ing, as well as professional M.Eng. and M.E.L. programs for those who would like to further their studies without pursuing research.


The gateway to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver, British Columbia is consistently ranked as the most livable city in North America (The Economist). The city has a mild climate, with average temperatures between 0°C and 22°C–hardly the frozen expanse of snow Canada is stereotypically known for. It’s easy to get here, too – we’re minutes away from YVR, a major international airport.


Vancouver’s mild climate leads to amazing recreation possibilities. Vancouver offers many bike routes, great water-based activities like kayaking and sailing, and skiing at the local mountains or Whistler (which is just a bus ride away). The campus itself is nestled at the edge of the city between the beach and Pacific Spirit Park, a forest boasting 54 kilometres of walking and cycling trails.


UBC and Vancouver offer a great mix of people from all over the world. This leads to a very accepting, inclusive community. A wide range of cultural and spiritual associa­tions are available if you would like to learn more about other cultures, or if you wish to stay connected to your own. Another bonus is the amazing food from all over the globe.


Our degrees are recognized worldwide, giving you great mobility in the world economy. Are you an International student hoping for Canadian work experience? No problem! Inter­national students are eligible for work permits during their studies and up to one year after graduation – and so are their spouses (including common-law partners).

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credits of coursework, including the seminar (if applicable) and thesis.

All MASc students are required to register in the Thesis course, MECH 598, all year round (i.e. for both winter and summer terms). The seminar course is only mandatory for students who belong to the biomedical, applied mechanics and design, and mechatronics and manufacturing research groups in each winter term (no seminars are held over the summer). Seminar policies may vary from group to group.

Seminar and thesis courses

  • MECH 598 (Seminar)
  • MECH 599B (Thesis)

Students normally register in the full session section of the course (Term 1-2). The Term 1 only or Term 2 only section may be used by new students arriving at other than usual registration periods, or by students nearing completion of their studies.

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Altintas, Yusuf (Virtual Machining, Computer Control of Manufacturing Systems, CAD/CAM, CNC Design, High Speed Feed Drive Control, Real Time Interpolation and Trajectory Generation for Machine Tools, Adaptive Control, Sensor Fused Intelligent Machining, Metal Cutting Mechanics, Chatter Vibrations in Machining, Piezo -Actuator Based Precision Machining, High Speed Milling, Optimal Machining of Aerospace Parts, Dies and Molds, Automation, Precision Engineering, Electro Mechanical Systems, Modeling and Analysis of Machining Processes, Mechanics, dynamics and control of micro-machining operations).
  • Bacca, Mattia.
  • Bushe, William Kendal (Clean Energy, Combustion, Turbulence, Numerical Simulation, Computational Fluid Dynamics, IC Engines andThermal Power Generation).
  • Chiao, Mu (MEMS, Micro Sensors, Micro Actuators, BioMEMS, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Electronic Packaging, Nanoscience, Energy sources for micro-electro-mechanical systems).
  • Cripton, Peter (Biomechanics, Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Hip Fracture, Spine, Helmet, Skull Fracture, Bone Fracture, Head Impact, Neurotrauma, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Injury Biomechanics, Neurotrauma (Spinal Cord and Brain Injury), Biomechanics of Hip Fracture, Injury Prevention).
  • Croft, Elizabeth (Robotics, human-robot interaction, mechatronics).
  • De Silva, Clarence Wilfred (Robotics).
  • Elfring, Gwynn (Theoretical Fluid Mechanics, Complex Fluids, Cell Biomechanics, Capillary Phenomena, Applied Mathematics).
  • Feng, Hsi-Yung (Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), 3D Laser Scanning, Three Axis and Five Axis CNC Machining, 3D laser scanning, Scanning-derived geometric modelling).
  • Frigaard, Ian (Fluid mechanics/visco-plastic fluids).
  • Gadala, Mohamed (Mechanics and heat transfer, Crack Detection and Crack Propagation, Numerical Simulation of Controlled Cooling Process of Steel).
  • Grecov, Dana (Rheology, Rheometry, Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Mechanics, Liquid Crystals, Biolubricants, Lubricants, Journal Bearings, Multi-Phase Flow, Synovial Joints, Synovial Fluid, Arthritis, Liquid crystals and nanomaterials, Biofluid Mechanics).
  • Green, Sheldon (Pulp and Paper, Aerodynamics, Liquid Sprays, Papermaking, Biomechanics, Building Ventilation, Fluid Mechanics).
  • Hodgson, Antony (Bioengineering, Biomechanics, Medical or Surgical Robotics, Medical Engineering, Electoral Reform, Single Transferable Vote, STV, Citizens’ Assembly, Fair Voting).
  • Jelovica, Jasmin (Sandwich structures, Finite element analysis, Structural optimization, Welding and joining of metals, Ultimate, fatigue and impact strength).
  • Jin, Xiao Liang (Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Materials, Vibration Assisted Machining, Machining Mechanics and Dynamics, Material Characterization, Surface Integrity).
  • Kirchen, Patrick (Thermochemical Energy Conversion, Combustion, Internal Combustion Engines, Ion Transport Membranes, Emissions, Fuel Injection).
  • Ma, Hongshen (Microfluidics; Instrumentation; Cell Sorting; Cell Biomechanics; Circulating Tumor Cells; Malaria and Red Blood Cell Deformability; Single Cell Technologies; Cell Migration and Chemotaxis).
  • Merida-Donis, Walter (Clean energy, Electrochemical energy conversion, Thermodynamics, Low carbon fuels, Fuel cells and hydrogen).
  • Nagamune, Ryozo (Robust Control, System Identification, Optimization, Hard Disk Drives Servo, Automotive Engine Control, Machine Tool Servo Control, Analytic Interpolation, Spectral Estimation, Wind Turbine Control, Wind turbine control, Automotive engine control, Hard disk drive track-following control).
  • Ollivier-Gooch, Carl (Algorithm Development for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Error and Stability Analysis for Unstructured Mesh Methods, Unstructured Mesh Generation, Applied Aerodynamics).
  • Olson, James (Application of Physics and Fluid Mechanics to Problems Associated with the Pulp and Paper Industry, Mechanical Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping).
  • Oxland, Thomas (Spinal Cord Injury, Aging Spine, Orthopaedic Implants).
  • Phani, Srikantha (Dynamics of multiscale materials, structures and devices, Applied Mechanics, Micromechanics).
  • Ponga de la Torre, Mauricio (Spallation in Metals; Sub-linear scaling methods for calculating crystal defects using DFT; ).

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Rogak, Steven (Aerosols (their properties, strategies to minimize their creation and reducing aerosol concentrations where people spend most of their time ).
  • Rohling, Robert (Medical Imaging, Medical Information Systems, Robotics, Interventional Ultrasound, 3D Imaging, Spatial Compounding, Robotic System Calibration, Elastography, BioMEMS, Biomedical Engineering, Medical imaging and information systems, robotics, ultrasound imaging in 2D and 3D, biomedical technologies).
  • Sassani, Farrokh (Mechanical systems automation through re-design and computer control, manufacturing processes).
  • Schajer, Gary (Full-Field Optical Metrology, X-Ray CT Log Scanning, Industrial Residual Stress Measurements).
  • Stoeber, Boris (Microelectromechanical Systems, MEMS, Microfluidics, Sensor Technology, Biomedical Microdevices, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Microflow Phenomena, Sensor technology, Integrated microsystems for biomedical applications and for environmental control).
  • Van der Loos, Hendrik (Rehabilitation Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Design for Safety, Design Methodology and Design Coaching, Roboethics).

Sample Thesis Submissions

  • 3D sound-source localization using triangulation-based methods.
  • Robust control of miniaturized optical image stabilizers for mobile phone cameras.
  • Wood grain direction measurement from spatial reflection with linear method.
  • A higher-order unstructured finite volume solver for three-dimensional compressible flows.
  • Development of an epoxy-based microfluidic device for automated circulating tumour cell separation.
  • Development and application of in-cylinder fuel concentration and pyrometry optical diagnostic tools in diesel-ignited dual-fuel natural gas engines.
  • Improving the sound absorption of cross-laminated timber panels using resonant absorbent layer.
  • Adaptive wireless sensor network for real-time monitoring of water quality.
  • Mechanics and dynamics of orbital drilling operations.
  • Switching linear parameter-varying electronic throttle control for automotive engines.
  • Understanding the wheel/rail transfer mechanism in liquid friction modifier carry-down.
  • Data-driven design of expressive robot hands and hand gestures: applications for collaborative human-robot interaction.
  • Design, fabrication and characterization of a double-network alginate-pHEMA hydrogel coating for PDMS-based biomedical implants.
  • The impact of mesh regularity on errors.
  • Physics-based control-oriented modelling for floating offshore wind turbines.


The graduates of the M.A.Sc program are well suited to any field of mechanical engineering. Recent graduates have gone on to work as research engineers or project leaders in various industries including mechanical design, aerospace, biomedical devices, manufacturing, electronics packaging, mining machinery and material handling, building automation and robotics.




  • ibT Reading 22
  • ibT Writing 21
  • ibT Listening 22
  • ibT Speaking 21



  • IELTS Reading 6.0
  • IELTS Writing 6.0
  • IELTS Listening 6.0
  • IELTS Speaking 6.0


Highly recommended.



Cost & Fees

  • International students: CAD $8,435.94 per year
  • Canadian students: CAD $4,801.80 per year

Eligibility for Financial Assistance

Normally from their thesis supervisors and may apply for Teaching Assistantships, graduate awards and scholarships

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Applied Science
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
  • Program Components: Coursework + Thesis required
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 11, 2017
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