Electrical and Computer Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Meet Jonathan Kissi-Ameyaw, PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering

“It's a great program, with many opportunities and helpful professors. Overall, it is an amazing university to attend and well worth the effort.”

Supervisor: Kenneth McIsaac

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I heard great things about my supervisor and the department. I also have a science and planetary science background, so I wanted to come and leverage my experience with the CPSX (Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration) group in Earth Sciences.

Where is “home” for you?
The wild wastelands of the Essex Rivera in England.

Describe your research.
I am developing a system that reconstructs objects in 3D using pictures and extracts geological measurements from the reconstructions.

Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I was previously a member of the Kung Fu and Tai Chi club and the Geology football team.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
There are many things about my graduate program that enables me to thrive and be successful. First, the caliber of my classmates. Second, the approachable and knowledgeable instruction of the professors. Third, the opportunity to have balance, so it's not all about work, which is good for the mind.

Program Websites

Program Contact

ECE Graduate (ecegrad@uwo.ca)
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Western University
Thompson Engineering Building Rm 279
London, Ontario N6A 5B9

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 88310
f. 519-850-2436

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate programs at the masters (M.E.Sc. and M.Eng.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) level in the following research areas: biomedical systems, communications systems and data networking, applied electrostatics and electromagnetics, microsystems and digital signal processing, power systems engineering, robotics and control and software engineering.

The Own Your Future doctoral professional development program will help you become a career-ready graduate with the skills necessary to excel in your studies and achieve your future goals. By participating in the program, you will assess your own strengths and opportunities for growth, choose what skills you want to enhance during your time at Western, and learn how to articulate the skills you gained in your degree to optimize your future career opportunities. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.

Program Length

  • 12 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of a research master’s degree in engineering, physical, computer or life sciences.
  • Achieved at least a 78% average in the master's degree.

Additional Requirements

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

English Language Proficiency

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 Academic). The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 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/.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 10, English for Academic Purposes, with a minimum 80% in all components.

Application Deadline

Domestic applicants:

Admissions are offered on a rolling basis. Applicants will be considered for the next available term.

International applicants:

  • July 31 - Fall Term
  • November 30 - Winter Term
  • March 31 - Summer Term

Please refer to the ECE graduate website for details regarding supporting documentation deadlines and acceptance notifications.

Fields of Research

  • Biomedical Systems
  • Communication Systems and Data Networking
  • Microsystems & Digital Signal Processing
  • Power Systems Engineering
  • Robotics & Control
  • Software Engineering