Phd - Computer Engineering

4 years
17,988 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers thesis-based graduate programmes leading to doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees in Computer Engineering.

For tasks such as mathematical analysis (MAPLE and MATLAB), electric circuit simulation (SPICE, PSPICE, electronics workbench), VLSI and FPGA design (Synopsys, Cadence, and Xilinx), and software design, students in both computer and electrical engineering have access to a wide range of engineering software (Rational Rose, Visual Paradigm and Microsoft development tools). The Instrumentation Control and Automation (INCA) Centre, the Computer Engineering Research Laboratories (comprising the Centre for Digital Hardware Applications Research, the Software Engineering Research Laboratory, the Multimedia Communications and Remote Sensing Laboratory, the Computer-Aided Design Laboratory for Analog and Mixed Signal VLSI Systems, and the Power Devices Research Laboratory) and the Advanced Wireless Communications Research Laboratory (AWCRL) are among the special facilities. There are also research facilities available through industrial and government collaborations.

Program structure

At Memorial, you may pursue Computer Engineering graduate studies in a wide variety of areas including:

  • digital and image processing
  • software design and verification
  • error-control codes
  • real-time discrete event systems
  • multimedia communications
  • image and video coding
  • cryptography
  • digital systems

Each candidate for the Ph.D. shall complete a program of graduate courses prescribed by the supervisory committee. The program of each student must consist of a minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate courses which will include 9 credit hours from Computer Science, and the other 3 credits will be one of:

  • A course in Computer Science, or a related area, as established in the list of graduate CS-approved electives.
  • A course related to the student’s area of research, as establish by the supervisory committee.


  • Tuition — 17,988 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Master's degree from a university of recognized standing, in an appropriate area of study

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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