Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Program Description

Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Chemical and Chemical & Biological engineers create and develop processes to change raw materials into the products that society depends on; food, chemicals, fuels, energy, metals, pharmaceuticals, paper, plastics, and personal care products. Chemical and process engineers help to manage natural resources, protect the environment, control health and safety procedures and recycle materials while developing and managing the processes which make the products we use.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering was established in 1999 at UBC and reflects the growing need for engineers in the fields of biotechnology, biomedical and bio-resource engineering. At present, there are 24 full-time faculty members in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, together with a support staff of 17.

We have established a world-class reputation in several areas of chemical engineering science including fluid-solids contacting, pulp and paper engineering, heat exchanger fouling and, more recently, biotechnology.

The Department is actively engaged in applied research, CHBE faculty-led research provides innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing local and global challenges to industry and society.

  • Energy and Fuels: Sustainable clean energy and fuels supply and use.
  • Natural Resources: Managing and maximizing the value of Canada’s forest and fossil carbon reserves.
  • Environment: Mitigating climate change/pollution; Clean water and biodiversity security.
  • Health: Rising medical costs in the face of the ageing population; Cancer and other deadly diseases.
  • Industry: Increasing pressure from emerging economies.
  • Solutions to the above challenges are inextricably linked to our understanding of complex chemical and biological systems.

Students with a background in Engineering will receive a Master of Applied Science degree whereas students without Engineering background will receive a Master of Science degree.

What makes the program unique?

Research funding per grant holder is amongst the highest for chemical engineering departments in Canada. Several faculty members have won national and international recognition for their research contributions and many former students have gone on to become leaders in industry and academia in Canada and abroad.

The Department facilities include a building with extensive custom research labs designed for quality world-class research activities.

Course Requirements

The MSc is specially designed for non-engineering students. The degree requires a 12- Credit thesis and 18 credits of advanced coursework of which 12 of the 18 credits must be selected from graduate courses (500 level) inside or outside the Chemical and Biological Engineering program, approved by the student's supervisor and the Department Head. The program must also include the seminar course (CHBE 598 – Seminar 1 credit) and the proposal preparation course (CHBE 597 – Proposal Preparation 2 credits). Part-time students may enroll in the MSc program.

MSc students must achieve a mark of 60% in any course taken for credit in order to be granted, Pass Standing. However, only 6 credits of Pass Standing may be counted towards a Master's program; for all other courses credited to the program, at least 68% must be obtained.

The requirements for the thesis committee and the thesis examination for MSc students are identical to those for MASc students

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.

  • Baldwin, Susan (Bioprocess engineering, bioremediation, biomedical reaction modelling).
  • Berlinguette, Curtis (CO2 conversion and utilization, clean energy, advanced solar cells, electrochromic windows, dynamic windows, hydrogen fuels production, catalysis).
  • Bi, Xiaotao (Biomass and Bioenergy, Multiphase Chemical Reactors, Fluidization, Particle technology, Electrostatics of Powders, Life Cycle Analysis, Green Engineering, Industrial Symbiosis, Fuel Cells Water Management).
  • Ellis, Naoko (CO2 capture and utilization, thermochemical conversion of biomass, multiphase systems).
  • Englezos, Peter (Clathrate (gas) hydrate science, engineering and novel applications, Clathrates-applications: natural gas storage & transport, CO2 capture & storage, water treatment), Thermodynamics of fluids and super-hydrophobic surfaces, Novel materials from forest bio-resources, High-value papermaking).
  • Feng, James Jingtao (Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology).
  • Frostad, John (Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Human Health).
  • Gopaluni, Bhushan (Modelling and experiment design, identification for control).
  • Gyenge, Elod Lajos (Electrochemical engineering, fuel cells, batteries, electrodes).
  • Hatzikiriakos, Savvas (Polymer melt and suspension rheology, food rheology, polymer melt processing, superhydrophobicity, surface science, winter sports expert, ski/skate performance and snow/ice friction).
  • Haynes, Charles (Protein purification, recombinant proteins, molecular thermodynamics, biocompatible polymers).
  • Lau, Anthony K (Environmental engineering, waste-to-resource recycling, composting, odour control, biohydrogen energy).
  • Lim, Choon Jim (Biomass and fossil fuels, Spouted bed, Gas-particle system hydrodynamics, heat transfer, Hydrogen production).
  • Martinez, Mark (Fluid mechanics, Complex fluids, Flow visualization).
  • Mohseni, Madjid (Water treatment; Ultraviolet (UV), ozone, and Advanced oxidation technologies; Environmental pollution control; bioenergy from waste, Environmental bioprocesses engineering, biofiltration, biological wastewater treatment, advanced oxidation).
  • Piret, James (Biomedical engineering, regenerative medicine Cell-based therapies have the potential to provide improved treatments for major diseases such as cancer and diabetes).
  • Smith, Kevin (Catalysis, biofuels).
  • Taghipour, Fariborz (Solar Fuels, Artificial Photosynthetic Systems, UV Photoreactors, UV-LED Reactors, UV Microplasma, Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)).
  • Trajano, Heather (Biorefining, Biochemicals, Biomass extractives recovery and utilization, Catalysis, Hemicellulose, Pretreatment, Kinetics).
  • Wachs, Anthony (Fluid mechanics, Particle-laden flows, Non-Newtonian flows, Heat and mass transfer, Numerical simulation, High-performance computing, Multi-scale modelling).
  • Wilkinson, David (Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis, hydrogen production and storage, wastewater and drinking water treatment, solar fuels, carbon dioxide conversion, clean and sustainable energy and water).
  • Yadav, Vikramaditya (Biocatalysis, Bioremediation, Bioprocess engineering, Drug delivery, Infectious disease pathogenesis & drug discovery, Green chemistry, Medical biotechnology, Metabolic engineering, Synthetic biology, Tissue engineering; sustainable manufacturing technologies for the production of cleaner fuels and more efficacious pharmaceuticals).

Sample Thesis Submissions

Biological reduction of selenium oxyanions in the presence of nitrate anions using anaerobic microbes.

Investigation of capacity fade in flat-plate rechargeable alkaline MnO?/Zn cells.

Career Options

Chemical engineers have myriad career choices. Chemical engineers find employment globally in industry, government, research and medicine, the opportunities are endless. Many chemical engineers have gone on to become managers, company executives, entrepreneurs and leaders of government and non-government organizations.

Chemical engineers are highly employable and there continues to be a growing demand for chemical engineers.

Requirements

TOEFL (IBT) OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

90

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

IELTS OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

6.5

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

Cost & Fees

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

Funding Sources

Applicants who are interested in catalysis research with a focus on programs addressing waste generation, environmental compatibility, energy efficiency, and alternative energy sources may consider the SusSyn program that provides additional funding and professional development opportunities. Applicants who are interested in the production, preparation, and application of nuclear isotopes for science and medicine may consider the IsoSiM program.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Chemical and Biological 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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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
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2 years
Full time
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4,802 CAD
$4,801.80 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $8,435.94 Tuition per year for International students
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Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
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