Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Master of Engineering Science (MESc)



Meet Erica Glatt, MESc candidate in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

“The structure of the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program allows me to manage my time the way I need to, so that I can maintain the many commitments I have both within and outside of Western.”

Supervisor: Dominic Pjontek

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I was fortunate enough to be offered a research project at the end of my undergraduate degree by one of my professors. The project aligns with my interests, and requires skills which I had hoped to develop in graduate school, so I was happy to take on the challenge.

Where’s your favourite place on campus?
My favourite place on campus to work is The Spoke. I like to have a certain level of visual and aural stimulation around when I need to focus, and on top of that The Spoke has good bagels.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
For those interested in pursuing a research-based graduate degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, I would recommend that you look for a project which interests you and a supervisor whose goals for the project align with your own.

Do you serve on any Department, Faculty, or University committees?
I am the current VP External of the Engineering Graduate Society.

Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I am currently working as a TA for the 4th year chemical plant design course. Being a TA for this course requires me to have a good understanding of chemical plant design, and to be knowledgeable about a variety of industrial processes; this generally improves my chemical engineering knowledge and makes me a more competent graduate student.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Cole Handsaeme (cbegrad@uwo.ca)
Graduate Coordinator

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Western University
Thompson Engineering Building Rm 477
London, Ontario N6A 5B9

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 88352
f. 519-661-3498

The Master of Engineering Science program is a thesis based Master's degree. This program is offered to applicants who hold a four-year Bachelor’s Degree. It is expected that graduate students will complete all program requirements within two years. There is no minimum residency period.

Times to Completion

  • 6 Terms (2 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 78% average in a four-year honours degree or equivalent from an accredited university (average based on last two years of the degree).

Additional Requirements

  • Work experience is not mandatory, but applicants with work experience are given special consideration.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9, with no minimum score below 6.0. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
  • <;i>The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
  • Western English Language Centre Western's English Language Centre allows academically eligible students interested in pursuing a graduate degree at Western the opportunity to receive a conditional offer of admission to graduate studies without successful completion of an English language proficiency test. The condition is that the student must, in lieu of such a test, successfully complete Western English Language Centre's program. For more information, please visit http://englishlanguage.uwo.ca/.
  • CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.Click here for information regarding a conditional offer of admission, pending CultureWorks completion.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.

Application Deadline(s)

Domestic Applicants:

  • July 1 - Fall Term
  • November 1 - Winter Term
  • March 1 - Summer Term

International Applicants:

  • March 1 - Fall Term
  • July 1 - Winter Term
  • November 1 - Summer Term

Fields of Research

  • Biomaterials and Biochemical Engineering
  • Environmental and Green Engineering
  • Macromolecular and Materials Engineering
  • Particle Technology and Fluidization
  • Reaction and Process Systems Engineering
  • Water and Energy