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Ph.D. in Engineering (3014)

Person in charge
Louis Rivest


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


To train the type of researchers who are sought after by industry. To enable students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of engineering and to provide them with superior skills in terms of synthesis, innovation, technical objectivity, socioeconomic awareness and leadership.

Ph.D. programs are offered by the construction engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automated manufacturing engineering, software engineering and information technology engineering departments.

Admission requirements

Hold a Master’s degree (M.Sc. A. or M. Eng.) or equivalent in an appropriate field;
In exceptional cases, hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field and have acquired the necessary knowledge, undergone adequate training in order to carry out the research and have exceptional university grades. Consult the Admission chapter of the By-law respecting graduate and doctoral studies without a Master’s degree.

Applicants must also demonstrate that a professor has accepted to act as Thesis Director.

Finally, applicants must commit to registering for full-time doctoral studies. In exceptional cases, applicants who wish to register for part-time studies may be admitted if they can provide adequate proof that their working conditions are conducive to obtaining a Ph.D. while continuing their employment, which would preferably be in the form of support from their employer.

The applicant must demonstrate adequate knowledge of French, in compliance with the Règles d'application de la Politique linguistique (Rules for applying the ÉTS Linguistic Policy);

Applicants may also be admitted on the basis of adequate knowledge of English, as validated by a diploma from an English university or the successful completion of a language test prior to admission.

In general, students who cannot read English fluently are liable to experience difficulties in their studies, in light of the significant number of manuals and publications that are available in this language.

Area of research

The Ph.D. program at ÉTS is built upon the expertise of professors from the electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automated manufacturing engineering, construction engineering, software engineering and information technology engineering departments. Combining scientific competencies and work experience in the industrial sector, these professors are at the cutting edge of research and technology transfer. ÉTS professors who are available to guide or assist in guiding research activities for Ph.D. students are active in the following fields, among others:

  • Industrial power and drive electronics;
  • Telecommunications and microelectronics;
  • Imaging, vision and artificial intelligence;
  • Medical technology;
  • Mechanical simulation, design and production, robotics and dynamic systems (including ergonomics and industrial safety);
  • Structures and infrastructures;
  • Hydraulics, hydrology and environmental engineering;
  • Design and control of production systems;
  • Digital simulation in the area of fluid dynamics;
  • Energetics, thermal technology and wind energy;
  • Materials technology and shaping;
  • Informatics, IT engineering and software engineering;
  • Construction project management and decision support systems.

Structure of the program

The Ph.D. in Engineering comprises 90 credits which comprises 15 academic credits and 75 thesis credits.

Applied Research profile (3014) (profile offered in French or in English)

2 optional courses (6 cr.) chosen from among the bank of graduate and Ph.D. level engineering courses available at ÉTS*, with the exception of MTR871

DGA1030 – Doctoral Exam (9 cr.)
DGA1031 Research problematics
DGA1032 Written exam
DGA1033 Oral exam

Evaluate the research project, along with the student’s acquired knowledge and ability to carry out the research leading up to the thesis. The objective of this activity is to ensure that the student possesses a wide range of knowledge in the various engineering disciplines with a view to incorporating this knowledge into the design process. The activity comprises three steps, which must be carried out in the following order: research problematics, a written exam, and an oral exam before a panel of examiners.
DGA1095 – Doctoral thesis – Applied Research profile (75 cr.)
The doctoral thesis comprises an original research project with a defined or undefined subject that is carried out within the context of a joint project in industry. The work must lead to the advancement of knowledge in the engineering field. ÉTS encourages carrying out research projects within a company setting.

* Up to 6 course credits can be earned in another educational institution, following approval.

Students who intend to pursue a career in higher education can take courses in Teaching for Higher Education from the Graduate Studies Short Program offered by UQAM as credit courses.