Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering: Introduction

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

Applied Science and Engineering

Degree Programs

Biomedical Engineering

MASc

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

MEng

  • Fields:
    • Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine;
    • Engineering in a Clinical Setting;
    • Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology;
    • Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation
  • Emphases:
    • Engineering and Globalization;
    • Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology (ELITE)​;
    • Forensic Engineering
 

PhD

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

Clinical Engineering

MHSc

Collaborative Specializations

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

Overview

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME) 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

Institute of Biomedical Engineering Academic Programs Office

Web: bme.utoronto.ca

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

MASc, MHSc, and PhD Programs

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

MEng Program

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

Biomedical Engineering: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Amon, Cristina - BASc, MSc, ScD
Andrysek, Jan - BSc, MASc, PhD
Audet, Julie - MASc, PhD (Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies)
Bardakjian, Berj - BSc, BEd, MASc, PhD
Biddiss, Elaine Alisa - MASc, PhD
Borschel, Gregory - BSc, DrMed
Cafazzo, Joseph - DPhil
Carlen, Peter - MD
Chan, Warren - BSc, PhD (Director)
Chau, Tom - PhD
Cheng, Hai-Ling - BSc, MS, PhD
Cheyne, Douglas - BSc, MA, PhD
Chou, Leo - PhD
Davies, John - BSc, BDSc, PhD, DSc (Associate Director, Graduate Program)
Drake, James McKenzie - BSE, MSc, MBChB
Fernandez-Gonzalez, Rodrigo - BSc, PhD
Fernie, Geoffrey - BSc, PhD
Finer, Yoav - MSc, MSc, DMD, PhD
Garton, Michael James - PhD
Gilbert, Penney - PhD
Grynpas, Marc - MSc, PhD
Gu, Frank - BSc, PhD
Guenther, Axel - DipIng, DE
Harrison, Robert - PhD, DSc
Hatton, Benjamin - BASc, MASc, PhD
Hinz, Boris - PhD
Jaffray, David - BSc, PhD
Kandel, Rita - MD
Keating, Armand - BSc, MD
Kelley, Shana - BA, PhD
Keshavjee, Shaf - BA, MSc, LMCC, MD
Kushki, Azadeh - DrEng
Laflamme, Michael - BS, MD, PhD
Levi, Ofer - BSc, MSc, PhD
Li, Ren-Ke - MHSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Liu, Xinyu - PhD
Mahadevan, Radhakrishnan - BTech, PhD
Mallevaey, Thierry - MSc, PhD
Masani, Kei - EdD
Matsuura, Naomi - ME, PhD
McGuigan, Alison - MEng, PhD
Mihailidis, Alex - BASc, MASc, PhD
Moffat, Jason - BSc, PhD
Morshead, Cindi - BS, PhD
Naguib, Hani - BSc, ME, PhD, PEng
Popovic, Milos - DipIng, PhD
Prescott, Steven - BSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Radisic, Milica - BEng, PhD
Rocheleau, Jonathan - BSc, PhD
Santerre, Paul - BSc, MSc, PhD
Schweizer, Tom - BA, MSc, DPhil
Sefton, Michael - BASc, ScD
Shoichet, Molly - PhD
Sidhu, Sachdev - BSc, DPhil
Simmons, Craig - BSc, MSc, PhD
Sone, Eli - BSc, MS, PhD
Sun, Yu - BS, MS, MS, PhD
Taati, Babak - PhD
Trbovich, Patricia L - BA, MA, PhD, PhD
Truong, Kevin - BASc, PhD
Wheeler, Aaron - BS, PhD
Whyne, Cari - BSc, PhD
Wong, Willy - BSc, MSc, PhD
Yadollahi, Azadeh - DrEng
Yasufuku, Kazuhiro - DrMed, PhD
Yee, Albert - MSc, LMCC, MD
Yip, Christopher - BSc, PhD (Graduate Chair)
Yoo, Paul - BASc, MSc, PhD
You, Lidan - BS, MS, PhD
Young, Edmond - BASc, MASc, PhD
Zandstra, Peter - BEng, PhD
Zariffa, Jose - DrEng
Zheng, Gang - MSc, PhD
Zilman, Anton - BSc, MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Cobbold, Richard - PhD
Dolan, Alf - BSc, MSc
Frecker, Richard - BSc, MD, PhD
Kunov, Hans - MSc, PhD
Norwich, Kenneth - MSc, PhD
Pilliar, Robert - BASc, PhD

Associate Members

Aviv, Richard - MBChB
Bouwmeester, Chris - PhD
Dutta, Tilak - MEng
Ganss, Bernhard - BSc, MSc, DrRerNat
Goyal, Sidhartha - MS, PhD
Guerguerian, Anne Marie - MD
Haider, Masoom - BM, MD
Ibrahim, George - BS, MD, PhD
Khan, Shehroz Saeed - PhD
Kilkenny Rocheleau, Dawn - PhD
Kumbhare, Dinesh - BSc, MHSc, MD
Lankarany, Milad - PhD
Roshan Fekr, Atena - PhD
Steinman, David - BASc, MASc, PhD
Triverio, Piero - BScEE, MS, PhD
Vasconcelos, Sara - PhD
Viswanathan, Sowmya - DPhil

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering MASc

Master of Applied Science

Program Description

The MASc program is a research-stream, thesis-based program which provides a strong academic foundation for students who want to become immersed in the discipline of biomedical engineering. This program is designed to offer students challenging and rewarding research opportunities within the context of using engineering principles to enhance the quality of our health-care system.

The MASc 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 and Rehabilitation.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the institute’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 mid-B or 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the final two years of study or over senior-level courses.

Program Requirements

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

    • Two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE)

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE)

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE)

    • Two half-course electives relevant to the student's area of research (1.0 FCE).

  • 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) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 2) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; and 4) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation.

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 practical experience through internships, research projects, or practical course activities.

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 and 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 four-year bachelor's degree in engineering, medicine, dentistry, or one of the physical or biological sciences from a recognized university, with at least a mid-B average (3.0 grade point average [GPA]) in the final two years of study or over senior-level courses.

Program Requirements

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

    • ​At least 2.0 FCEs in biomedical engineering courses; these include all BME and joint BME course offerings.

    • At least 1.0 FCE in commercialization and entrepreneurship courses such as BME 1800H, BME 1801H, BME 1802H, and BME 1405H.

    • A 1.5 FCE Practical Experience in Applied Research course in biomedical device development, usually over one session for the full-time option (BME 1899Y), or 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) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; 2) Engineering in a Clinical Setting; 3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology; or 4) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation. The practical experience course 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, commercialization and entrepreneurship, or any graduate-level course the student is interested in.

  • All courses must be at the graduate level, which includes both 500- and 1000-level. Students can take a maximum of one 500-level course.

  • Health and safety training workshops.​

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE);​ or Forensic Engineering 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

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering PhD; Fields: 1 Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine; 2 Engineering in a Clinical Setting; 3 Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging & Systems Biology; 4 Neural/Sensory Systems & Rehabilitation

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:

1) Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine;
2) Engineering in a Clinical Setting;
3) Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Systems Biology;
4) Neural/Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Applicants must have a master's degree in dentistry, engineering, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences with an overall average of at least B+ (3.3 grade point average [GPA]) from a recognized university.

Program Requirements

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

    • Two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE).

  • Students are also expected to pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 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 and Rehabilitation.

  • 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. MAsc and MHsc students who transfer to a PhD must fulfil the admission requirements listed under the specific field of the PhD program they are transferring to.

Program Requirements for MASc Transfer Students

  • Coursework. Students who transfer from the MASc program in Biomedical Engineering must complete the total course requirements for both degrees: 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) at the master’s level plus 1.0 FCE at the PhD level, for a total of 3.0 FCEs.

    • Students must complete two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE).

    • Elective courses relevant to the student's area of research (2.0 FCEs).

Program Requirements for MHSc Transfer Students

  • Coursework. Students who transfer from the MHSc program in Biomedical Engineering must complete the total course requirements for both degrees: 4.0 FCEs at the master's level plus 1.0 FCE at the PhD level, for a total of 5.0 FCEs.

    • BME 1405H ​Clinical Engineering Instrumentation I (0.5 FCE) and BME 1436H ​Clinical Engineering Surgery (0.5 FCE).

    • Students must complete two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE);

    • Two half-course electives relevant to the student's area of research (1.0 FCE).

    • BME 4444Y Practical Experience Course (1.0 FCE) in health-care facilities, the medical device industry, or health-care consulting firms. The practical experience course must total a minimum of 625 hours.

All PhD Students

  • Students are expected to pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 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 and Rehabilitation.

  • 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 the institute’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Direct entry with a bachelor's degree may be considered in exceptional cases. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in dentistry, engineering, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences.

Program Requirements

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

    • ​Two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE).

    • Elective courses relevant to the student's area of research (2.0 FCEs).

  • Students are also expected to pursue a thesis topic relevant to at least one of the following Biomedical Engineering research fields: 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 and Rehabilitation.

  • 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: Biomedical Engineering PhD; Field: Clinical Engineering

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.

 

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 the institute’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have a master's degree in dentistry, engineering, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences with an overall average of at least B+ (3.3 grade point average [GPA]) from a recognized university.

Program Requirements

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

    • ​Two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE)

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

  • 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 BME-appointed; however, the co-supervisor could be from a clinical unit other than BME 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 research fields. To be eligible to transfer to the PhD, Clinical Engineering MHSc students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) within the MHSc curriculum.

  • MHSc students who transfer to the PhD in the field of Clinical Engineering must fulfil the PhD program requirements listed below. MHSc students who transfer to the other PhD fields must fulfil the program requirements of the PhD field as described in the applicable section.

Program Requirements for MASc Transfer Students

  • Coursework. Students who transfer from the MASc program in Biomedical Engineering must complete the total course requirements for both degrees: 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) at the master’s level plus 1.0 FCE at the PhD level, for a total of 3.0 FCEs.

    • Students must complete two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE).

    • Elective courses relevant to the student's area of research (2.0 FCEs).

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

Program Requirements for MHSc Transfer Students

  • Coursework. Students who transfer from the MHSc program in Biomedical Engineering must complete the total course requirements for both degrees: 4.0 FCEs at the master's level plus 1.0 FCE at the PhD level, for a total of 5.0 FCEs.
    • BME 1405H ​Clinical Engineering Instrumentation I (0.5 FCE) and BME 1436H ​Clinical Engineering Surgery (0.5 FCE).

    • Students must complete two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE);

    • Two half-course electives relevant to the student's area of research (1.0 FCE).

    • BME 4444Y Practical Experience Course (1.0 FCE) in health-care facilities, the medical device industry, or health-care consulting firms. The practical experience course must total a minimum of 625 hours.

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

All PhD Students

  • 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 BME-appointed; however, the co-supervisor could be from a clinical unit other than BME 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 the institute’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Direct entry with a bachelor's degree may be considered in exceptional cases. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in dentistry, engineering, medicine, or one of the physical or biological sciences.

Program Requirements

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

    • Two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE).

    • Elective courses relevant to the student's area of research (2.0 FCEs).

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

  • 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 BME-appointed; however, the co-supervisor could be from a clinical unit other than BME 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 a practical experience course 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 the institute’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Selected students with a four-year bachelor's degree in engineering, medicine, dentistry, or one of the physical or biological sciences from a recognized university, with a mid-B (3.0 grade point average [GPA]) or higher in the final two years of study or over senior-level courses.

Program Requirements

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

    • BME 1405H ​Clinical Engineering Instrumentation I (0.5 FCE) and BME 1436H ​Clinical Engineering Surgery (0.5 FCE)

    • Two of the following (1.0 FCE):

      • BME 1477H Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution (0.5 FCE);

      • BME 1478H Coding for Biomedical Engineers (0.5 FCE); or

      • BME 1479H Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers (0.5 FCE)

    • Two half-course electives relevant to the student's area of research (1.0 FCE).

    • BME 4444Y Practical Experience Course (1.0 FCE) in health-care facilities, the medical device industry, or health-care consulting firms. The practical experience course 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: Engineering and Globalization (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete four half courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) from the following lists, with at least two half courses (or one full course) taken from Group A.

Group A

APS 510H, APS 530H, APS 1420H, GLA 1000H, JCR 1000Y (full-year course)

Group B

APS 1015H, APS 1020H, APS 1024H, CHL 5700H, JMG 2020H.

Note: Students who choose to pursue an MEng project in their home department that aligns with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN)'s disciplinary focus, as deemed by the CGEN Director, may count the project as one required Group B course.

Students who complete the requirements of the emphasis in Engineering and Globalization and wish to obtain a notation on their transcript should contact the Faculty Graduate Studies office.

 

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

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

Leadership

TEP 1010H, TEP 1011H, TEP 1026H, TEP 1027H, TEP 1029H, TEP 1030H, TEP 1501H, TEP 1502H

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

APS 1012H, APS 1013H, APS 1015H, APS 1023H, APS 1033H, APS 1035H, APS 1036H, APS 1041H, APS 1061H, APS 1088H

Finance and Management

AER 1601H, APS 502H, APS 1001H, APS 1004H, APS 1005H, APS 1009H, APS 1016H, APS 1017H, APS 1020H, APS 1022H, APS 1028H, APS 1032​H, APS 1038H, APS 1039H, APS 1040H, APS 1049H, APS 1050H, APS 1051H, APS 1052H

Engineering and Society

APS 510H, APS 1018H, APS 1024H, APS 1025H, APS 1031H, APS 1034H, APS 1420H​.

 

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 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, MEng, 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 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 1459H
​Protein Engineering
​BME 1460H
​Quantitative ​Fluorescence Microscopy: Theory and Application to Live Cell Imaging
​BME 1462H
​Biological Image Analysis
​BME 1466H
​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 1477H
Biomedical Engineering Project Design and Execution
BME 1478H
Coding for Biomedical Engineers
BME 1479H
Statistical Discovery Techniques for Biomedical Researchers
​BME 1480H
​Experimental Design and Multivariate Analysis in Bioengineering
BME 1800H
Biomedical Product Development I
BME 1801H
Biomedical Product Development II
BME 1802H
Biomedical Devices — Human Factors
BME 1898Y
Practical Experience in Applied Research PT
BME 1899Y
Practical Experience in Applied Research FT
​BME 4444Y
​Practical Experience Course
​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​
BME/​JPB 1022H
​Human Physiology as Related to Engineering II
JPB 1071H Advanced Topics: Computational Neuroscience
​JTC 1331H
​Biomaterials Science
​MBP 1007H
​Fundamentals in Molecular and Cell Biology
​MBP 1022H
​Advanced Cell Biology for Physical Scientists