Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Engineering Science (MESc)

Meet Riley Bloomfield, MESc candidate in Electrical & Computer Engineering

"I am from a software engineering background, but I am constantly learning new things outside of my field and this keeps my work interesting for me."

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
During my second year of undergraduate studies, I was the recipient of an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. This award permitted me to complete a research assistant placement over the summer, gave me research experience, and provided an opportunity to work in a new area. My experience convinced me to pursue graduate studies and led to the discovery of my current graduate project.

Where’s your favourite place on campus?
Most of my time on campus is spent in a lab at Robarts Research Institute near University Hospital. This is a convenient spot for me as it is close to other students and researchers in the field.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The interdisciplinary nature of the program. I have had the opportunity to do my research alongside faculty and students from the departments of medical biophysics, biomedical engineering, and kinesiology as well as scientists at Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Institute.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
The best advice I have is to work with your supervisors and any help available. Sometimes I find that I work for a long time on a small and very specific issue with my research, and the solution is often found after a discussion with a supervisor or colleague who may have had a similar problem in the past. Even if a solution is not available, it is good to hear different opinions or approaches to problems.

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.

Program Length

  • 6 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

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

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee schedules (per term) are posted on the Office of the Registrar's website at http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/fees_refunds/fee_schedules.html

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 78% average in the last two years of study in a four-year honours degree or equivalent from an accredited university.

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.
  • <;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