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Materials Science (Doctoral program)

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Faculty Faculty of Science
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Approximately 48 months, based on full-time study
Program load Full-time
Program format Courses with PhD research thesis
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The PhD in Materials Science program is jointly offered by Ontario Tech University and Trent University. Courses are taught by faculty from both institutions via traditional face-to-face instruction, augmented by the collaborative implementation of lectures and research meetings at a distance.

General information

The PhD in Materials Science program is jointly offered between Ontario Tech University and Trent University. Courses are taught by faculty from both institutions via traditional face-to-face instruction augmented by the collaborative implementation of lectures and research meetings at a distance. This will be accomplished using advanced videoconferencing technology (AccessGrid) made possible by the membership of both institutions in the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computer Network (SHARCNET) high-performance computing consortium. 

The objectives of the PhD in Materials Science program are to allow students to develop an understanding of interdisciplinary materials research with an emphasis on the underlying science, engage students in hands-on materials research, provide students with scientific communications skills and prepare students to continue on in an academic career or in an industrial setting. 



  • Biomaterials
  • Materials chemistry
  • Materials physics
  • Theoretical and computational materials science

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a Master of Science (MSc) level degree in Materials Science or related area at a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • A minimum B+ average (GPA: 3.3 on a 4.3 scale or 77 to 79 per cent).
Additional requirements

Prior to being accepted into the program, PhD applicants must be accepted by a professor who is willing to act as a supervisor.

Required supporting documents:

Please see the checklist of required documents for a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your application.

Required test scores for English language proficiency:

See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.

Application deadlines

Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.

How to apply

Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.

Many of our graduate programs are extremely competitive; the number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available for each intake. Satisfaction of minimum entry requirements does not ensure admission.


Sample research areas:
  • Biomaterials and computational nanobiophysics
  • Carbon-based materials
  • Corrosion science and oxidation technologies and applications
  • Computer simulation in nanoscience and renewable energy
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic materials
  • Materials for photovoltaics and other energy-related applications
  • Materials growth and characterization
  • Nucleic acid-based materials
  • Proton exchange membrane fuel cell materials and processes
  • Reinforced composites with superior mechanical properties
  • Supercritical fluids and materials

Learn more about the research areas within this program and find research experts by visiting the faculty’s website and the university's Expert Centre.

Program curriculum

For program requirements, including required number of credits for completion, program maps and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.


Internal awards and funding

Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.

Types of funding that do not require an application:

  • Entrance scholarships
  • Minimum funding packages
  • Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships

For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.

Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.

External awards and funding

Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.


Tuition fees for graduate programs are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.


For more information:

Visit the program website

Contact the faculty:

Faculty of Science

Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209 

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