What will I learn?

The discipline of chemical engineering is distinctive in being based equally on physics, mathematics, and chemistry. Application of these three fundamental sciences is basic to a quantitative understanding of the process industries. Those with an interest in the fourth fundamental science, biology, will find several courses in the chemical engineering curriculum that integrate aspects of the biological sciences relevant to process industries such as food processing, fermentation, biomedical, and water pollution control. Courses on the technical operations and economics of the process industries are added to this foundation. The core curriculum concludes with process design courses taught by practising design engineers. Problem-solving, experimenting, planning, and communication skills are emphasized in courses throughout the core curriculum.

Certain students who take advantage of Summer session courses can complete the departmental program in three calendar years.

In some cases, students from university science disciplines have sufficient credits to complete the requirements for the B.Eng. (Chemical) program in two and a half years. Those concerned should discuss this with their adviser.

Students must obtain a grade of C or better in all core courses. For the Department of Chemical Engineering, core courses include all required courses (departmental and non-departmental) as well as technical complementary courses.

Required Chemical Engineering Courses

75 credits

CHEE 200 Chemical Engineering Principles 1 (3 credits)
CHEE 204 Chemical Engineering Principles 2 (3 credits)
CHEE 220 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3 credits)
CHEE 231 Data Analysis and Design of Experiments (3 credits)
CHEE 291 Instrumentation and Measurement 1 (4 credits)
CHEE 310 Physical Chemistry for Engineers (3 credits)
CHEE 314 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
CHEE 315 Heat and Mass Transfer (3 credits)
CHEE 351 Separation Processes (3 credits)
CHEE 370 Elements of Biotechnology (3 credits)
CHEE 380 Materials Science (3 credits)
CHEE 390 Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering (3 credits)
CHEE 400 Principles of Energy Conversion (3 credits)
CHEE 401 Energy Systems Engineering (3 credits)
CHEE 423 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3 credits)
CHEE 440 Process Modelling (3 credits)
CHEE 453 Process Design (4 credits)
CHEE 455 Process Control (3 credits)
CHEE 456 Design Project 1 (4 credits)
CHEE 457 Design Project 2 (5 credits)
CHEE 474 Biochemical Engineering (3 credits)
CHEE 484 Materials Engineering (3 credits)
CHEE 491 Instrumentation and Measurement 2 (4 credits)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (143 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$49,171.94 (US$ 39,123) per year
CAN $1,639.06 per credit hour. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Application deadline

15 January 2023

Start date

31 August 2022, 4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: Pearson Test of English (Academic) with the minimum score of 85; Cambridge English (Advanced) with a grade B or better ; or Cambridge English: Certificate of Proficiency in English with a grade C or better; MELAB SCORE OF 85 and Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with overall score of 60.

For international students

Students must have Canadian high school or its equivalent.

English Language Scores:

  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)) - Certificate awarded with a Grade C or better.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)) - Certificate awarded with a Grade B or better.
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall band score of 70 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) - Score of 115 or better
  • IELTS: A band score of 6.5 or better; individual component scores of 6.0 or better.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Overall score of 65 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Internet-based composite score (iBT) 90, minimum component score of 21 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Application Deadline: January 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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