Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng)



Meet Haonan Cao, MEng candidate in Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Where is “home” for you?
I’m from China. I was born there and grew up there, and lived there for more than 20 years.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I think the most important thing is that studying here broadens my horizons not only in my major area of study, but also in other engineering fields and non-engineering fields. I’ve learned about project management, learned about other software, how to communicate with people from other countries, and how to work better together. The learning and living experiences abroad here gives me a better understanding of the world outside my home country.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
For international students, try your best to get a high GPA, participate in one or two clubs, and learn English as early as possible.

What idea would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
Try to use the resources that Western offers to us as much as possible, make friends from other countries, and have fun with them! And don't forget to go to the gym!

What are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about travel, especially backpacking. I like to experience different cultures around the world. I’ve traveled to several countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. My next destination is South America.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I’m a person that has a strong sense of responsibility.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Joanna Blom (jblom@uwo.ca)
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Western University
Spencer Engineering Building Rm 3002
London, Ontario N6A 5B9

t. 519-850-2939
f. 519-661-3020

Our MEng is a course-based degree that is structured to assist qualified engineers in the advancement of their professional careers and to provide students with the skills necessary to address key technological challenges. We offer seven technical streams within our MEng program to allow you to receive specialized training in the specific areas of Mechanical Engineering that interest you.

Times to Completion

  • 3-6 Terms (1-2 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • Course-based or project-based

Part-time students are required to be continuously registered within the program and take a maximum of two courses per term.

Funding Details

Admission Requirements

  • Four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university; Students with a similar degree from another discipline may be admitted on a case by case basis, with approval from the Associate Chair (Graduate Professional).
  • Minimum 70% (North American equivalent) from the last 2 years of full-time study, or the last 20 courses.

Additional Requirements

  • Other factors such as publication record and/or industrial experience may also be beneficial.

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

International Applicants:

  • February 1 - Fall Term

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. We do not process an application until it is complete and all required documents are received. Therefore we cannot guarantee consideration for the term requested if documentation is received after the deadline date. In such a case, the application will be considered for the next available term..

Fields of Research

  • Automation Technologies and Systems
  • Composite Materials
  • Engineering in Medicine
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Materials and Solid Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermofluids