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Biomedical Engineering

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.Sc.


This is an interdisciplinary program. Professors come from a number of faculties and departments. The School website provides a link to all faculty members associated with the program.

Affiliate Members

P. Abolmaesumi, R. Abugharbieh, S. Baldwin, S. Bamji, K. Cheung, M.Chiao, L. Chrostowski, P. Cripton, G. A. Dumont, C. Eaves, S. Fels, J. Feng, G. Fernlund, B. Gopaluni, D. Grecov, P. Guy, C. Hansen, S. Hatzikiriakos, C. A. Haynes, A. Hodgson, P. Hoodless, A. Ivanov, C. Kastrup, F. K. Ko, V. Krishnamurthy, M. Levings, F. Lynn, H. Ma, J. Madden, A. Marziali, M. McKeown, I. R. Nabi, K. McNagny, T. Oxland, S. Phani, J. M. Piret, A. Poursartip, R. Rohling, C. Roskelley, F. Rossi, T. Salcudean, P. Servati, B. Stoeber, K. Takahata, R. Tam, S. Tang, R. Turner, T. Troczynski, T. M. Underhill, M. Van der Loos, K. Walus, R. Wang, Z. J. Wang, R. K. Ward, D. Wilson, L. Wu, V. Yadav, P. Zandstra.

Program Overview

Biomedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that involves the application of engineering techniques and technologies to medical and healthcare areas. The Biomedical Engineering Program, administered by the School of Biomedical Engineering, offers advanced study and research leading to the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Biomedical Engineering. The program is designed to provide graduates with a balance of materials in life science, clinical practice, and bio-engineering. Opportunities for interdisciplinary education and research exist in areas such as biomechanics, biomaterials, biochemical processing, cellular engineering, imaging, medical devices, micro-electro-mechanical implantation systems, physiological modeling, simulation, monitoring and control, as well as medical robotics.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Doctoral degree applicants must hold a master's degree in biomedical engineering from an institution recognized by UBC, or a bachelor's degree with course credits equivalent to that of the UBC M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering. Transfer from the M.A.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Program.

Program Requirements

The program is based on the satisfactory completion of a doctoral dissertation and selected courses suitable to the student's research interests as determined by the supervisory committee. A qualifying examination is usually held within 18 months of commencement. All students must satisfy coursework requirements equivalent to UBC's M.A.Sc. in BME prior to graduation. Those students with a graduate degree in BME from another institution may fulfill coursework requirements with their previous credits as long as the course content is equivalent to the ones offered by UBC.

All doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive examination successfully. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Master of Applied Science

Admission Requirements

The program is open to those holding a bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or medical science, or a graduate degree in medicine. Prospective students must make application for admission. A student will be admitted to the degree program upon the recommendation of a faculty member associated with the Biomedical Engineering Program and the approval of the Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The Master of Applied Science program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including a thesis of 12 credits. It usually requires two years of study. The program is based on a thesis and selected courses. The common course requirements for all students are three credits in clinical and industrial practice of biomedical engineering and one credit of Graduate Seminar. All candidates must also select a minimum of 6 credits from a list of core biomedical engineering courses and 6 credits of life science courses, including physiology and anatomy. The remaining credits, upon approval by the research supervisor, can be used for courses related to the student's research project.

Graduation from this program, with an M.A.Sc. or Ph.D. degree, does not form an acceptable basis alone for application to associations of Professional Engineers in Canada. Please refer to Professional Associations.

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