Master of Engineering Integrated Wood Design

Integrated Wood Design (MEng Program)

Guido Wimmers, Associate Professor and Chair
Thomas Tannert, Associate Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Tall Wood and Hybrid Stuctures Engineering
Asif Iqbal, Assistant Professor

Maik Gehloff, Senior Lab Instructor


Wood is the world’s most common and sustainable building material.  Known for its aesthetic beauty, durability, and ease of machinability, wood is becoming the leading building material in a new paradigm of sustainable and healthy building practices. Significant renewable wood resources in British Columbia and an international wood culture provide a strong impetus for UNBC, the province, and industrial partners to develop a leading education program centred on sustainable healthy building practices using wood.

In order to meet the needs of the profession, the Master of Engineering, Integrated Wood Design develops students’ skills in understanding wood as a versatile and sustainable building component that can be used in applications far beyond what could be achieved using concrete and steel. Students investigate wood at the micro and macro levels and explore the science and art of designing and building wood structures.

The one-year interdisciplinary Master’s program is built on four main pillars:

  1. Wood Mechanics and Timber Structures – Students gain a deep understanding of wood. Starting with an understanding of the supply chain, students come to appreciate the sustainable nature of wood, its unique structure, its living nature, and its strengths and weaknesses, in relationship to other commonly used building materials.
  2. Hands-on Experience – The only way to experience wood is to work with it, as it is one of the most complex building materials. Students build small-scale structures to explore the versatility and complexity of wood structures. Community or industry internships may be included.
  3. Team Work - At the core of successful design teams is the ability to communicate effectively and integrate different points of view. Students undertaking this program are immersed in the science and art of design team work. Multi-disciplinary teams work together throughout the program to build effective communication skills by working with individuals with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of experts such as technical experts, professional engineers, architects, and community members.
  4. Sustainability – Students study and come to appreciate a range of state-of-the-art sustainable designs and how those designs fit within the broader social and political context of sustainability.
Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Academic Calendar, applicants are required to hold a four-year (120 credit hours) baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution in Civil Engineering. 

For entry into the MEng degree program, students must fulfill the English Language Requirements outlined in Section 1.1 of the calendar, and they must have also passed one of the tests listed below within the last 24 months at the time of application. In order to be considered valid, these scores must be sent directly from the testing agency/institution to the Office of the Registrar.

Score requirements must meet one of the following criteria:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.0 overall, with not less than 6.5 in any of the four modules.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 in the internet-based test, with not than 25 in any of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components; or equivalent other TOEFL score.
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) score of 6 (essay score of at least 36).
Exceptional Admission

Applicants who have a four-year (120 credit-hour) baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) may be granted admission to the program if sufficient related engineering content can be demonstrated.  

The Pre-Entry program as outlined in Section 1.7.2 is not applicable for applicants to gain entry to the MEng Program.


IENG 611-3 Introduction to Wood as a Building Material
IENG 613-3 Wood Design 1
IENG 614-3 Building Science 1
IENG 615-3 Wood Science
IENG 719-3 Special Topics 1
IENG 626-3 Sustainable Design 1
IENG 722-3 Project Design 2
IENG 723-3 Wood Design 2
IENG 724-3 Building Science 2
IENG 727-3 Wood Processing
IENG 729-3 Special Topics 2
IENG 731-8 Design Project 3
IENG 734-3 Sustainable Design 2
IENG 739-2 Special Topics 3