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Biomedical Engineering (Collaborative Specialization)

Biomedical Engineering: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Applied Science and Engineering

Participating Degree Programs

Biochemistry—MSc, PhD
Biomedical Engineering—M​ASc, PhD
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry—MASc, PhD
Chemistry—MSc, PhD
Dentistry—MSc, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering—MASc,PhD
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology—MSc, PhD
Materials Science and Engineering—MASc, PhD
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering—MASc, PhD
​Medical Biophysics—MSc, PhD
​Medical Science—MSc, PhD
Pharmaceutical Sciences—MSc, PhD
Physics—MSc, PhD
Physiology—MSc, PhD
Rehabilitation Science—MSc, PhD​

Overview

The graduate programs listed above participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. This specialization offers the opportunity for research in biomedical engineering leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. The collaborative program is housed in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME).

Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field that integrates engineering with biology and medicine. It uses methods, principles, and tools of engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics to solve problems in the medical and life sciences. Biomedical engineering consists of the application of the concepts and methods of engineering and physics to the study of living systems, to the enhancement and replacement of those systems, to the design and construction of systems to measure basic physiological parameters, to the development of instruments, materials, and techniques for biological and medical practice, and to the development of artificial organs. By its nature the field is interdisciplinary and involves close collaboration between many departments of the university and associated hospitals.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: www.ibbme.utoronto.ca/students/graduate/prospective/collaborative-specialization
Email: admissions.ibbme@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-4841
Fax: (416) 978-4317

Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering
Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
Rosebrugh Building
Room 407, 164 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G9
Canada

Biomedical Engineering: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • Applicants must be graduates in dentistry, engineering, engineering science, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences and must be accepted to the Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering through one of the collaborating graduate departments (home departments) listed above.

Specialization Requirements

Students register in the School of Graduate Studies through their home department; they will meet all respective degree requirements as described by SGS and the collaborative specialization committee. As part of these requirements:

  • The program of study for each MASc or MSc degree student registered in the collaborative specialization must meet the requirements of the collaborating department and will normally comprise at least 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis in the biomedical field.

    • Engineering and physical science students will be required to take a biological sciences course such as JPB 1022H Human Physiology as Related to Biomedical Engineering (or an equivalent).

    • Biological science students will be expected to take a physical sciences course such as JPB 1055H Bioengineering for Life Scientists (or an equivalent).

    • Students will be expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science and pursue a thesis topic relevant to biomedical engineering.

  • In addition to the 2.0 FCEs, students registered in a graduate degree program involving research are required to participate in two seminar courses: one of BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar Series (0.0 FCE) and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE).

  • Students are required to have a supervisory committee approved by the collaborative specialization committee and consisting of a supervisor from IBBME, with a cross-appointment in the home department, and other members from other collaborating departments as required.

  • The examination committee will be constituted according to procedures in the home graduate department and will include a member from that collaborating department.

Biomedical Engineering: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • Applicants must be graduates in dentistry, engineering, engineering science, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences and must be accepted to the Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering through one of the collaborating graduate departments (home departments) listed above.

  • Before PhD students are accepted, the collaborative specialization committee must be satisfied with the applicant's ability to undertake advanced graduate studies.

Specialization Requirements

  • A qualifying examination may be required by the collaborating department.

  • Students admitted to the collaborative specialization who are admitted to a PhD program in their home unit will be subject to the requirements of the collaborating unit. The plan of study for each PhD student registered in the Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering must be approved by the collaborating department and the collaborative specialization committee; the plan of study will normally comprise at least 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and a thesis.

    • Engineering and physical science students will be required to take a biological sciences course such as JPB 1022H Human Physiology as Related to Biomedical Engineering (or an equivalent).

    • Biological science students will be expected to take a physical sciences course such as JPB 1055H Bioengineering for Life Scientists (or an equivalent).

    • Students will be expected to take BME 1450H Bioengineering Science and pursue a thesis topic relevant to biomedical engineering.

  • In addition to the 1.0 FCE, students are required to participate in two seminar courses: one of BME 1010H or BME 1011H Graduate Seminar series (0.0 FCE), and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE).

  • Each PhD student is normally required to have a supervisory committee consisting of at least three persons, including a supervisor who has an appropriate graduate appointment and who is also a member of the graduate faculty in the home department. When appropriate, an additional member of the supervisory committee may be from outside the University of Toronto, with approval from the School of Graduate Studies.

  • For doctoral degrees, the examination committee will be constituted according to procedures in the home graduate department and will include a member from that collaborating department.

Biomedical Engineering: Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Students should contact the IBBME office for details.

​BME 1010H​
​​Graduate Seminar
​BME 1011H
​Graduate Seminar
​BME 1405H
​Clinical Engineering Instrumentation I
​BME 1436H
Clinical Engineering Surgery
​BME 1439H
​Clinical Engineering Instrumentation II​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​BME 1450H
Bioengineering Science​
​BME 1452H
Signal Processing for Bioengineering​
​BME 1453H
​Cell and Tissue Engineering
​BME 1454H
​Regenerative Medicine: Fundamentals and Applications
​BME 1456H
​Changing Health Care Technologies, People, and Places
​BME 1457H
​Biomedical Nanotechnology
​BME 1458H
​Pattern Discovery Methods for Biomedical Engineering
​BME 1459H
​Protein Engineering
​BME 1460H
Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy: Theory and Application to Live Cell Imaging​
​BME 1480H
​Experimental Design and Multivariate Analysis in Bioengineering
​BME 4444Y​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​Practice in Clinical Engineering
​CHE 1107H
​Applied Mathematics
​CHE 1141H
​Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
​CHE 1143H
​Transport Phenomena
​CHE 1310H
​Chemical Properties of Polymers
​DEN 1070H
​Advances in Dental Materials Science
​DEN 1081H
​Bone Interfacing Implants
​ECE 1228H
​Electromagnetic Theory
​ECE 1352H
​Analog Circuit Design I
​ECE 1475H
​Bio ​​​​​​​Photonics​​​​​​​​​​​​
​ECE 1502H
​Information Theory
​ECE 1511H
​Signal Processing
​ECE 1521H
​Statistical Communication Theory
​ECE 1647H
Nonlinear Control System Analysis​
​JCB 1349H
​Molecular Assemblies: Structure/Function/Properties
​JEB 1365H
​Ultrasound: Theory and Applications in Biology and Medicine​​
​JEB 1433H
​Medical Imaging
​JEB 1444H
Neural Engineering​
​JEB 1447H
Sensory Communications​
​​JMB 1050H
Biological and Bio-inspired ​Materials​
​JNP 1017H+
​Current Topics in Molecular and Biochemical Toxicology​
​JNP 1018H+
Molecular and Biochemical Basis of Toxicology​
​JNR 1444Y
​Fundamentals of Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular
​JNS 1000Y
​Fundamentals of Neuroscience: Systems and Behaviour
​JPB 1022H
​Human Physiology as Related to Biomedical Engineering
​JPB 1055H
Bioengineering for Life Scientists​
​JTC 1135H
​Applied Surface Chemistry
​JTC 1331H
​Biomaterials Science
​MBP 1007Y
​Fundamentals in Molecular and Cell Biology
​MBP 1022H
Advanced Cell Biology for Physical Scientists​
​MIE 1001H
Advanced Dynamics​​
​MIE 1101H
Advanced Classical Thermodynamics​​
​MIE 1201H
​Advanced Fluid Mechanics I
M​SE 1026H​
​Analytical Electron Microscopy
​PHM 1109H
Recent Developments in Dosage Form Design​​
​PSL 1432H
​Theoretical Physiology
​PSL 1452H
Fundamentals of Ion Channel Function​​
​REH 1100H
Theory and Research in Rehabi​litation​

​+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.​