Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering PhD

Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program offers courses and a strong research thesis component. Students emerge from this program ready to pursue careers in academia, medicine, industry, and government. Students with a particular interest in conducting biomedical engineering research with a primary clinical focus may pursue a field in clinical engineering within the Biomedical Engineering PhD program.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master's degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc or MHSc program; or 3) direct entry following completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree.

 

Fields:
Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation
Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology
Engineering in a Clinical Setting

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IBBME’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have master's degree in dentistry, engineering, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in engineering.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete at least 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) including:

    • Engineering and physical science students are required to take a life science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1022H (or an equivalent). Life science students must take a physical science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1055H (or an equivalent).

    • Students are also expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science and pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; or 5) Clinical Engineering*.

  • Within 12 months of registration, students must pass a qualifying examination covering the broad field of biomedical engineering appropriate to their background.

  • Successful completion of a thesis, representing an original investigation in biomedical engineering.

  • Students will continue to meet with their supervisory committee at least once every 12 months until recommendation for the departmental oral examination is made. On the recommendation of the supervisory committee and special approval from their department Graduate Chair or Coordinator, candidates have the opportunity to waive the departmental oral examination and proceed directly to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must participate in:

    • either BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar series (0.0 FCE)

    • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE)

    • Health and safety training workshops.

​Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Highly qualified master’s students (MHSc students in Clinical Engineering or MASc students in any field) may be considered for transfer into the PhD program in any of the five fields. 

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students who transfer without completing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering must complete the total course requirements for both degrees: 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) for the master’s level plus 1.0 FCE for the PhD level, for a total of 5.0 FCEs:

    • Engineering and physical science students must take a life science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1022H (or an equivalent). Life science students must take a physical science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1055H (or an equivalent).

    • Students are expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science (0.5 FCE) and pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; or 5) Clinical Engineering*.

  • Within 12 months of registration, students must pass a qualifying examination covering the broad field of biomedical engineering appropriate to their background.

  • Successful completion of a thesis, representing an original investigation in biomedical engineering.

  • Students will continue to meet with their supervisory committee at least once every 12 months until recommendation for the departmental oral examination is made. On the recommendation of the supervisory committee and special approval from their department Graduate Chair or Coordinator, candidates have the opportunity to waive the departmental oral examination and proceed directly to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must participate in:

    • either BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar series (0.0 FCE)

    • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE)

    • health and safety training workshops.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IBBME’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Direct entry with a bachelor's degree may be considered in exceptional cases.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • ​Engineering and physical science students must take a life science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1022H (or an equivalent). Life science students must take a physical science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1055H (or an equivalent).

    • Students are also expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science (0.5 FCE) and pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; or 5) Clinical Engineering*.

  • Successful completion of a thesis, representing an original investigation in biomedical engineering.

  • Students will continue to meet with their supervisory committee at least once every 12 months until recommendation for the departmental oral examination is made. On the recommendation of the supervisory committee and special approval from their department Graduate Chair or Coordinator, candidates have the opportunity to waive the departmental oral examination and proceed directly to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must participate in:

    • either BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar series (0.0 FCE)

    • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE)

    • health and safety training workshops.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

Field: Clinical Engineering

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IBBME’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in engineering.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete at least 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) including:

    • Engineering and physical science students must take a life science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1022H (or an equivalent). Life science students must take a physical science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1055H (or an equivalent).

    • If a student does not have a formal degree in clinical engineering, 0.5 FCE from one of the IBBME clinical engineering courses (BME 1405H, BME 1439H, BME 1436H, or BME 4444H) is required. A student who possesses protracted professional engineering experience (five or more years) will be exempt from this requirement.

    • Students are expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science (0.5 FCE) and pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; or 5) Clinical Engineering*.

  • Students must (1) conduct their research in a clinical environment and (2) be co-supervised by both engineering and health science faculty. The primary supervisor must be IBBME-appointed; however, the co-supervisor could be from a clinical unit other than IBBME but must be appointed to SGS.

  • Within 12 months of registration, students must pass a qualifying examination covering the broad field of biomedical engineering appropriate to their background.

  • Successful completion of a thesis, representing an original investigation in biomedical engineering.

  • Students will continue to meet with their supervisory committee at least once every 12 months until recommendation for the departmental oral examination is made. On the recommendation of the supervisory committee and special approval from their department Graduate Chair or Coordinator, candidates have the opportunity to waive the departmental oral examination and proceed directly to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must participate in:

    • either BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar series (0.0 FCE)

    • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE)

    • health and safety training workshops.

​Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Highly qualified master’s students (MHSc students in Clinical Engineering or MASc students in any field) may be considered for transfer into the PhD program in any of the five fields. Clinical Engineering MHSc students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) within the MHSc curriculum.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students who transfer without completing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering must complete the total course requirements for both degrees: 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) for the master’s level plus 1.0 FCE for the PhD level, for a total of 5.0 FCEs:

    • Engineering and physical science students must take a life science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1022H (or an equivalent). Life science students must take a physical science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1055H (or an equivalent).

    • If a student does not have a formal degree in clinical engineering, 0.5 FCE from one of the IBBME clinical engineering courses (BME 1405H, BME 1439H, BME 1436H, or BME 4444H) is required. A student who possesses protracted professional engineering experience (five or more years) will be exempt from this requirement.

    • Students are expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science (0.5 FCE) and pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; or 5) Clinical Engineering*.

  • Students must (1) conduct their research in a clinical environment and (2) be co-supervised by both engineering and health science faculty. The primary supervisor must be IBBME-appointed; however, the co-supervisor could be from a clinical unit other than IBBME but must be appointed to SGS.

  • Within 12 months of registration, students must pass a qualifying examination covering the broad field of biomedical engineering appropriate to their background.
  • Successful completion of a thesis, representing an original investigation in biomedical engineering.

  • Students will continue to meet with their supervisory committee at least once every 12 months until recommendation for the departmental oral examination is made. On the recommendation of the supervisory committee and special approval from their department Graduate Chair or Coordinator, candidates have the opportunity to waive the departmental oral examination and proceed directly to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must participate in:

    • either BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar series (0.0 FCE)

    • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE)

    • health and safety training workshops.

​Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IBBME’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Direct entry with a bachelor's degree may be considered in exceptional cases.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • ​Engineering and physical science students must take a life science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1022H (or an equivalent). Life science students must take a physical science course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1055H (or an equivalent).

    • If a student does not have a formal degree in clinical engineering, 0.5 FCE from one of the IBBME clinical engineering courses (BME 1405H, BME 1439H, BME 1436H, or BME 4444H) is required. A student who possesses protracted professional engineering experience (five or more years) will be exempt from this requirement.

    • Students are also expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science (0.5 FCE) and pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; or 5) Clinical Engineering*.

  • Students in the Clinical Engineering field must (1) conduct their research in a clinical environment and (2) be co-supervised by both engineering and health science faculty. The primary supervisor must be IBBME-appointed; however, the co-supervisor could be from a clinical unit other than IBBME but must be appointed to SGS.

  • Within 12 months of registration, students must pass a qualifying examination covering the broad field of biomedical engineering appropriate to their background.

  • Successful completion of a thesis, representing an original investigation in biomedical engineering.

  • Students will continue to meet with their supervisory committee at least once every 12 months until recommendation for the departmental oral examination is made. On the recommendation of the supervisory committee and special approval from their department Graduate Chair or Coordinator, candidates have the opportunity to waive the departmental oral examination and proceed directly to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must participate in:

    • either BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar series (0.0 FCE)

    • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE)

    • health and safety training workshops.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years