Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Applied Science and Engineering

Degree Programs

Biomedical Engineering

​​​MA​Sc
Fields:​
Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation
Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology
Engineering in a Clinical Setting
​MEng
Emphases:
Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology (ELITE)​
Forensic Engineering
 
Fields:
Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Engineering in a Clinical Setting
Na​notechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology
Neural/Sensory Systems Rehabilitation
​PhD
​Fields:​
Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation
Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology
Engineering in a Clinical Setting
Clinical Engineering

Clinical Engineering

​​MHSc

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating ​degree programs as listed below:

  1. Cardiovascular Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering, MASc, PhD
    • ​Clinical Engineering, MHSc
  2. Developmental Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering, MASc, PhD
    • ​Clinical Engineering, MHSc​
  3. Genome Biology and Bioinformatics
    • Biomedical Engineering, PhD
  4. Health Care, Technology, and Place (admissions have closed)
    • Biomedical Engineering, PhD
  5. Human Development
    • Biomedical Engineering, PhD
  6. Musculoskeletal Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering, MASc, PhD
  7. Neuroscience
    • Biomedical Engineering, MASc, PhD
    • Clinical Engineering, MHSc
  8. Resuscitation Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering, PhD
    • Clinical Engineering, MHSc

Overview

The Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) offers facilities for research in biomedical engineering and for three educational programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. 

Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field that integrates engineering and biology/medicine. It uses methods, principles, and tools of engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics to solve problems in the medical and life sciences for the study of living systems; the enhancement and replacement of those systems; the design and construction of systems to measure basic physiological parameters; the development of instruments, materials, and techniques for biological and medical practice; and the development of artificial organs and other medical devices. By its nature, the majority of the institute’s work is interdisciplinary.

Contact and Address

Web: www.ibbme.utoronto.ca

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) Graduate Office:

Email: admissions.ibbme@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-4841
Fax: (416) 978-4317

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

IBBME Clinical Engineering Office:

Email: clinicaleng.ibbme@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-6102
Fax: (416) 978-4317

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

Biomedical Engineering: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Allen, Christine - BSc, PhD, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
Amon, Cristina - BASc, MSc, ScD
Andrysek, Jan - BSc, MASc, PhD
Audet, Julie - MASc, PhD (Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Programs)
Bardakjian, Berj - BSc, BEd, MASc, PhD
Beal, Deryk - BA, MHSc, PhD
Biddiss, Elaine Alisa - MASc, PhD
Black, Sandra - BSc, MD
Bogoch, Earl - BA, MSc, MD
Caldarone, Christopher - BSc, MD
Carlen, Peter - MD
Chakravarty, Mallar - BEng, PhD
Chan, Warren - BSc, PhD
Chau, Tom - PhD
Cheng, Hailing - BSc, MS, PhD
Cheung, Angela - BA, MD, PhD
Cvitkovitch, Dennis - BSc, MSc, PhD
Davies, John - BSc, BDSc, PhD, DSc
Drake, James - BSE, MSc, MBCHB
Eizenman, Moshe - BASc, MASc, PhD
Fernandez-Gonzalez, Rodrigo - BSc, PhD
Fernie, Geoffrey - BSc, PhD
Forte, Vito - MD
Frecker, Richard - BSc, MD, PhD
Gilbert, Penney - PhD
Grantcharov, Teodor - DrMed, PhD
Grynpas, Marc - MSc, PhD
Guenther, Axel - DipIng, DE
Harrison, Robert - PhD, DSc
Hatton, Benjamin - BASc, MASc, PhD
Hinz, J. Boris - PhD
Jaffray, David - BSc, PhD
Kandel, Rita - MD
Kelley, Shana - BA, PhD
Keshavjee, Shafique - BA, MSc, LMCC, MD
Levi, Ofer - BSc, MSc, PhD
Mahadevan, Radhakrishnan - BTech, PhD
Masani, Kei - EdD
Matsuura, Naomi - ME, PhD
McGuigan, Alison - MEng, PhD
Mihailidis, Alex - BASc, MASc, PhD
Milgram, Paul - BASc, MSc, PhD
Milstein, Josh - BS, PhD
Morshead, Cindi - BS, PhD
Naguib, Hani - BSc, ME, PhD, PEng
Norwich, Kenneth - MSc, PhD
Paul, Narinder - BM
Popovic, Milos - DipIng, PhD
Radisic, Milica - BEng, PhD
Rocheleau, Jonathan - BSc, PhD
Santerre, Paul - BSc, MSc, PhD
Sefton, Michael - BASc, ScD
Shoichet, Molly - PhD
Simmons, Craig - BSc, MSc, PhD
Skinner, Frances - PhD
Sled, John - BASc, MS, PhD
Slutsky, Arthur - BASc, MASc, MD
Sone, Eli - BSc, MS, PhD
Strauss, Bradley - MD
Thompson, Michael - BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSC
Thorpe, Steven - BASc, MASc, PhD
Trbovich, Patricia L - BA, MA, PhD, PhD
Truong, Kien (Kevin) - BASc, PhD
Waddell, Thomas - MSc, LMCC, MD, PhD
Wheeler, Aaron - BS, PhD
Whyne, Cari - BSc, PhD
Wong, Willy - BSc, MSc, PhD
Wright, Graham - BSc, MSc, PhD
Yip, Christopher - BSc, PhD (Director and Graduate Chair)
Yoo, Paul - BASc, MSc, PhD
You, Lidan - BS, MS, PhD
Young, Edmond - BASc, MASc, PhD
Zandstra, Peter - BEng, PhD, CRC
Zariffa, Jose - DrEng
Zheng, Gang - MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Cobbold, Richard - PhD
Dolan, Alf - BSc, MSc
Goldenberg, Andrei - BSc, MSc, PhD
Joy, Michael - BSc, MASc, PhD
Kunov, Hans - MSc, PhD
Pilliar, Robert - BASc, PhD

Associate Members

Aviv, Richard - MBCHB
Borschel, Gregory - BSc, DrMed
Farhat, Walid - BSc, DrMed
John, Michael Sasha - MSD
Kilkenny Rocheleau, Dawn - PhD
Steinman, David - BASc, MASc, PhD
Taati, Babak - PhD
Valiante, Taufik - BSc, MD, PhD
Vasconcelos, Sara
Weersink, Robert - BSc, PhD
Yadollahi, Azadeh - DrEng
Yasufuku, Kazuhiro - DrMed, PhD
Zheng, Jinzi - BEng, PhD

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering MASc

Master of Applied Science

Program Description

The research-intensive MASc program provides a strong academic foundation for students who want to become immersed in the discipline of biomedical engineering and is designed to offer students challenging and rewarding research opportunities to enhance the quality of our health-care system.

The MASc program is offered in the fields of 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; and 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting.

 

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.

  • A bachelor's degree in dentistry, engineering, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences from a recognized university with a minimum academic standing of A- in the final two years of study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. The program normally comprises at least 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • BME 1450H Bioengineering Science (0.5 FCE); and 

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

  • 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.

  • Successful completion of a research thesis in at least one of the biomedical engineering research fields: 1) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation; 2) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; or 4) Engineering in a Clinical Setting.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering MEng

​Master of Engineering​

Program Description

The MEng program is an accelerated, professional program with a focus on the design and commercialization of biomedical devices. Students will have the opportunity to take on applied design challenges and meet the growing demands of this industry through a four-month internship.

The MEng program is offered in the fields of 1) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 2) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; and 4) Neural/Sensory Systems Rehabilitation. Students can take the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

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.

  • ​A bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent from a recognized university with at least an average of A- in the final two years of study.

Program Requirements

  • ​​​Coursework. The program comprises at least 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​at least 1.0 FCE in biomedical engineering technology courses;

    • at least 1.0 FCE in commercialization and entrepreneurship courses including BME 1800H and BME 1801H;

    • at least 1.0 FCE in biomedical sciences courses;

    • a 1.5 FCE internship in biomedical device development, usually over one session for the full-time option (BME 1899Y), and over three sessions for the part-time option (BME 1898Y). The internship must be in 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; or 4) Eng​ineering in a Clinical Setting. The internship can be taken in academic research laboratories, government institutions, health-care facilities, in the industry, or in health-care consulting firms.

    • the remaining 0.5 FCE can be a half course in either biomedical engineering technology, commercialization and entrepreneurship, or biomedical sciences.

  • ​​​​For the 5.0 FCEs, 2.5 FCEs must be BME courses (or a joint BME course with the designator JCB, JEB, JPB, JSB, or JMM); this includes the practicum project BME 1899Y or BME 1898Y. The remaining three courses (1.5 FCEs) can be taken from any other department associated with the program. All courses must be graduate level, which includes both 500- and 1000-level. Students can take a maximum of one 500-level course.

  • A curriculum plan must be submitted to the program director prior to the start of the program.

  • A written report submitted to the program director.

  • Health and safety training workshops.​

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE)​ as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Biomedical Engineering MEng Emphases section.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
9 sessions part-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

​2 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

Course List

​Biomedical Engineering Technology
​​BM​E 1405H​
Clinical Engineering Instrumentation I​
​BME 1436H
Clinical Engineering Surgery​
​BME 1439H
​Clinical Engineering Instrumentation II​
​BME 1452H
Signal Processing for Bioengineering​
​BME 1457H
Biomedical Nanotechnology​
BME 1458H​
Pattern Discovery Methods for Biomedical Engineering​
BME 1462H
Biological Image Analysis​
​BME 1464H
​Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Mechanics of Biomaterials
​BME 1471H
Rehabilitation Engineering​
​BME 1472H
Fundamentals of Neuromodulation Technology and Clinical Applications​
​BME 1473H
Acquisition and Processing of Bioelectric Signals​
​BME 1480H
Experimental Design and Multivariate Analysis in Bioengineering​
​​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
​Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
​BME 1800H
Biomedical Product Development I
​​BME 1801H
Biomedical Product Development II
​BME 1899Y
​Internship in Applied Research​
Biomedical Science
​BME 1453H
Cell and Tissue Engineering
​BME 1454H
​Regenerative Medicine: Fundamentals and Applications
​BME 1459H
Protein Engineering​
​BME 1460H
​Quantitative ​Fluorescence Microscopy: Theory and Application to Live Cell Imaging
​BME/JBP 1022H
​Human Physiology as Related to Bioengineering II​​​​
​JCB 1349H
​Molecular Assemblies: Structure/Function/Properties

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

Biomedical Engineering: Clinical Engineering MHSc

​Master of Health Science​

Program Description

The MHSc program educates students on how to apply and implement medical technologies to optimize modern health-care delivery. this professional degree program consists of academic courses and a research thesis and provides students with real-world exposure through an internship with a private sector company, a hospital, or a research facility.

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.

  • Selected students who hold a bachelor of applied science degree in engineering.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must normally complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

    • BME 1405H (0.5 FCE), BME 1436H (0.5 FCE), BME 1439H (0.5 FCE), and one elective (0.5 FCE), relevant to a student’s area of research 

    • BME 1450H (0.5 FCE) and a life sciences course (0.5 FCE), such as JPB 1022H (or an equivalent)

    • 1.0 FCE of internships (BME 4444Y) in health-care facilities, the medical device industry, or health-care consulting firms. The internship must total a minimum of 625 hours.

  • Students must participate in:  

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

    • JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE).

  • Successful completion of a thesis.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-ti​me

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering MEng Emphases

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engi​neering (ELITE)​ (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete any fou​r of the following courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]):

​Leadership

APS 1010H, APS 1011H, APS 1026H, APS 1027H, APS 1029H, APS 1030H, APS 1501H

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

APS 1012H, APS 1013H, APS 1015H, APS 1023H, APS 1033H, APS 1035H, APS 1036H, APS 1088H

Finance and Management

APS 502H, APS 1001H, APS 1004H, APS 1005H, APS 1009H, APS 1014H, APS 1016H, APS 1017H, APS 1020H, APS 1022H, APS 1028H, APS 1032​H

​Engineering and Society

APS 510H, APS 1018H, APS 1024H, APS 1025H, APS 1031H, APS 1034H, APS 1420H​, JMG 2020H​

 

Emphasis: Forensic Engineering (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete four courses (one core course and three elective courses).  

Core Course

MSE 1031H

Elective Courses

APS 540H, APS 1034H, APS 1039H, APS 1040H,
BME 1800H, BME 1801H, BME 1480H,
CHE 561H, CHE 568H, CHE 1213H, CHE 1431H, CHE 1432H, CHE 1434H,
CIV 510H, CIV 518H, CIV 1163H, CIV 1171H, CIV 1174H, CIV 1190H, CIV 1201H, CIV 1279H, CIV 1282H, CIV 1422H, CIV 1429H,
JMB 1050H, 
JNC 2503H, 
MSE 1015H, MSE 1016H, MSE 1022H, MSE 1032H,
MIE 566H, MIE 1224H, MIE 1301H, MIE 1303H, MIE 1411H, MIE 1414H, MIE 1616H, MIE 1713H, MIE 1714H, MIE 1721H, MIE 1723H, MIE 1727H, MIE 1804H. 

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering MASc, PhD, Clinical Engineering MHSc Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Students should contact the institute office for information about course availability. Outlines of these and other closely related courses may be obtained from the institute office.

​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
​Cellular Systems 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 1462H
​Biological Image Analysis
​BME 1464H
​Advanced Topics on Magnetic Resonance Imaging
​BME 1471H
​Rehabilitation Engineering
BME 1472H​
​Fundamentals of Neuromodulation Technology and Clinical Applications
​BME 1473H
​Acquisition and Processing of Bioelectric Signals
BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers
​BME 1480H
​Experimental Design and Multivariate Analysis in Bioengineering
BME 1802H Applying Human Factors to the Design of Medical Devices
BME 1898Y Internship in Applied Research
​BME 4444Y
​Practice in Clinical Engineering
​HAD 5010H
Canada’s Health System and Health Policy: Part I​
​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​
​JEB 1451H
​Neural Bioelectricity
​JMB 1050H
Biological and Bio-inspired Materials​
​JPB 1022H
​Human Physiology as Related to Biomedical Engineering
​JTC 1331H
​Biomaterials Science
​MBP 1007H
​Fundamentals in Molecular and Cell Biology
​MBP 1022H
​Advanced Cell Biology for Physical Scientists