Experiential learning – Faculty of Engineering
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Experiential learning

Experiential learning is integrated into every facet of the student journey. We offer co-op opportunities, community-focused co-curricular activities, clubs and teams, Canada’s largest undergraduate research program and more.

Beyond the lecture hall

Experiential learning provides students with hands-on learning opportunities beyond the traditional lecture-style format. We are challenged to re-imagine engineering education as a holistic approach to educating the whole engineer.

Extracurricular experiential learning courses

McMaster Engineering students have the opportunity to earn course credits by participating in clubs and teams.


    Students earn course credit for valuable experiential learning while heavily involved in extracurricular clubs and groups.

    Learn more about ENGINEER 3CX3

    Students receive formal recognition of experiential learning conducted within the atmosphere of technically-oriented McMaster Engineering teams.

    Learn more about ENGINEER 4EX3

Project-based experiential learning courses

These courses combine project-based and experiential learning to develop solutions to real-world problems.


    Called Integrated Cornerstore Design projects in Engineering, students in this course are exposed to a series of design projects that develop both technical and professional skills.

    Discover more about 1P13

    This course provides a multi-disciplinary learning environment that develops skills in engineering design and technical communication through a term-long project that addresses an industry or community relevant issue.

    Read the course outline

Educating the whole engineer

  • Co-op

    The Engineering Co-op Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable engineering work and experiential learning opportunities before they graduate.

    How co-op works
  • Clubs, groups and teams

    There are over 60 engineering clubs, teams, committees, conferences, and competitions students can join to enhance technical and non-technical skills. Getting involved in these experiential learning opportunities enriches student life and contributes to social development and academic success.

    Experiences catalogue
  • MacChangers

    This co-curricular experiential program pairs multidisciplinary teams with community members to propose innovative solutions to local challenges facing Hamilton and global communities.

    Learn more about MacChangers
  • Summer research program

    The NSERC Research Experience Award and Dean’s Excellence Awards give students the opportunity to spend their summers working in labs with professors, researchers and entrepreneurs across campus

    Explore summer researchers
  • Entrepreneurship

    McMaster Engineering is supporting an infrastructure that’s helping to launch Hamilton’s next generation of star entrepreneurs. With the support of key partners, we are seeing the number of student-born start up companies continue to grow.

    Explore entrepreneurship