Faculty of Engineering

Preview the Faculty of Engineering!


Built on a solid 100-year foundation, the Faculty of Engineering goes beyond traditional classroom education. Our professors provide students with real-world experience through participation in faculty research projects. Such collaboration gives students the vast set of skills necessary to become leaders.

Engineering options

Diploma of Engineering

Completing the first two years of the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) will earn you a Diploma of Engineering. These years are dedicated to core classes in math, sciences, engineering sciences and design.

You can complete the Diploma of Engineering on either our Agricultural Campus in Truro or our Halifax campus. Starting on the Agricultural Campus is a great option for students who would thrive in a smaller campus environment with average class sizes of 20 to 30 people.

After completing your first two years (and earning your Diploma), you can choose to move to the Halifax campus to complete the final two years to earn your degree.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

The first two years of the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) program at Dalhousie are made up of core classes that are common to all disciplines. At the end of the first two years, these core classes can earn you a Diploma of Engineering before you finish the rest of your program in your discipline.

At the end of your first year you'll submit your top choices for your discipline. You can choose from:

  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical

Current student testimonials

Grace (First-year, Engineering)

"Hi, I’m Grace, and I’m finishing up my first year of engineering at Dalhousie! I’m from Calgary, and I decided to come to Dal because it seemed like a really welcoming community and seemed to be what I imagined university would feel like - and I was right. Halifax is pretty far from home, but I immediately realized that everyone was in the same boat and was figuring it out together. First year engineering has been a great experience so far. I’ve met a ton of interesting people and I’ve learned a lot of really cool things. I’m not going to lie, it’s challenging and difficult at points, but it’s nowhere near impossible and the school has some good things to encourage student success.

I’m on the first year Student Affairs Committee, where we bring up concerns that students have about the courses and we get to work with faculty to find solutions. Another cool thing is the concurrent programs that the engineering faculty offers. I’m actually planning to pursue a concurrent degree in Engineering and Chemistry, which is an opportunity I’m really excited about. I’m happy I chose Dalhousie and would love to answer any other questions people might have!"

- Grace O’Connor

Brayden (Second-year, Electrical and Computer Engineering)

"My name is Brayden Barnes and I’m a second year Electrical/Computer Engineering student at Dalhousie University.

I mainly chose Dalhousie because of its student life and because of how reputable its engineering program is. Born and raised in New Brunswick, I wanted to study away from home but didn’t want to travel too far. Conveniently, an amazing school tailored to my interests and standards was just a few hours away. When I attended The Dal open house a couple years ago, I immediately fell in love with the campus, the joyful vibes from students and faculty, and the BEAUTIFUL city of Halifax. Dal was obviously the perfect school for me.

Engineering is for diligent and curious minds. You need a lot of discipline and passion for thinking outside the box to solve problems. While it may be a difficult program, its worth every second of study and equips you with the most fascinating and mind challenging tools for problem solving. Every day you will learn something new about the mechanics of everything around you. The best part is there are many opportunities to take the theory you learn in lecture and apply it in hands-on ways. To top it off, no matter who you are, you will find a second family at Dal."

- Brayden Barnes